Jaden's Story

I believe everyone can be successful if they’re given a chance. I had anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol was my escape. By 15, I’d started using heroin and was kicked out of school. Without the help of people like you, I might not have survived.

I heard about Outside In’s needle exchange, and I connected with the agency. I got into an apartment in the housing program. Every step of the way, I didn’t feel judged or pressured. I felt seen and accepted. The independence gave me the opportunity to consider how the path I was on wasn’t working for me. It’s what I needed.

I got healthier. I found a doctor I really liked in their clinic, and loved the homemade vegan meals in their café. The staff helped me get jobs, apply for financial aid, pay for books, and get a laptop. With them in my corner, I enrolled at PCC, and I’ve gotten straight A’s since I started!

I’m committed to recovery. It’s all just been going so well. I have a four-year-old daughter, Nova — she’s wonderful! I’m creating a life that I hope will inspire her. My goal is to be a Qualified Mental Health Associate. I want to help other people the way I’ve been helped.

I’m grateful to you for making all of this possible. We all need a little support sometimes. When you give to Outside In, you help people like me know we are not alone. Please give to Outside In today.

Thank you for giving others the chance to be successful.

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1132 SW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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We take donations year-round and have a list of needs that fluctuates by season. Take a look at our wish lists below to see what our current needs are. To coordinate a donation drop-off or ask questions, contact Rachel Cain at

Holiday Giving 2021

The holidays are a great  time to donate items! We have seasonal basic needs as well as the opportunity to purchase a gift so the every youth gets a present during the holidays. See our holiday wish lists below.

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Success Stories


As a patient at Outside In, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.


Outside In made me want to be around excellence. Outside In shaped me. It taught me how to be kind to people less fortunate.


When I came out as trans and reached out to the community for help, everyone had something good to say about Outside In.


Through these connections I was able to get into school and graduate as a Certified Medical Assistant


Through Outside In’s guidance and support, I was in my own apartment completely self-sufficient within a week.


If you met me today, you might never imagine I spent countless nights sleeping under the Burnside Bridge.


I wanted independence and stability. I wanted to belong. I found Outside In.


Housing at Outside In is so much more than a roof over your head. The staff is helpful and amazing. They were always there for us anticipating our needs. Finally, we weren’t hungry anymore and we were safe.


I feel safe at Outside In. I love Outside In people. How they love us, care for us. The wonderful and fresh food, the health care, the accommodations, the hospitalities. People talking to me, listening to me. Changing lives. It is a great moment.


By the time I was 17, I didn't trust anybody...except Outside In. The staff took my concerns seriously, and took a holistic approach. They protected me.