Hope and Healing
Of the estimated 1,500-2,000 homeless youth in Portland, the majority come from the greater metropolitan area and throughout Oregon. Youth end up on the street for multiple reasons: Family poverty, violence, mental and physical illness in their families, sexual minority issues, unemployment, domestic violence, and sexual abuse are just some of the contributing factors. Other youth simply find themselves abandoned by their parents.
Homeless youth are forced to be independent on average a full decade before their housed peers.
Everyone has a dream. For a homeless youth, that dream simply may be to have a safe, warm place to sleep. Or it may be to find a job. Others want to go to college, knowing it is their best shot at long-term change. Outside In is committed to making these dreams a reality.
Outside In provides youth with the hope, confidence, and skills necessary to build stable lives. We treat our clients with respect and believe in them. They can and do turn their lives around.
We know young people need trusting adults to thrive.
Individualized support includes:
- Medical care
- Healthy meals
- Recreation and art
- Safety off the streets
Creating a Future
Outside In's Virginia Woof Dog Daycare is the first dog daycare center in the country to be used as a job-training program. A nationally recognized program, Virginia Woof provides job training to give youth a foundation from which to build assets, gain experience and financial skills, and move into jobs in career tracks. Homeless youth who are trained and job ready can become employed and establish a productive life in the community.