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Ollie’s Story:

When you have a sickle cell anemia crisis, you feel like your blood and your bones are on fire. I was a junior in high school. After time in the hospital, going back to live with family or friends meant dealing with trauma or domestic violence or substance abuse or homophobia. I wanted independence and stability. I wanted to belong. I found Outside In.   

I dreamed of a career in coding or game design. At Outside In, they understood what I needed. They helped me to build work experience. They provided housing that worked for me, and nutritious food choices every day. They set up health insurance at the clinic for my blood work.  

With Outside In’s help, I applied to one of the most rigorous software training programs in the country. I earned scholarshipsOutside In connected me with a mentor in the tech industry who also identifies as gender non-binary, which was so helpful, and I graduated on time.  

Last spring, I got my first job as a Development Operations Engineer, and I moved into my own apartment! I think about travel, and maybe writing a book someday. I see a whole world ahead of me.

Your gift transforms lives like mine, and thousands of others. The chances Outside In provides for learning, growth, health, and stability are only possible because kind people like you take action. Please make a gift to Outside In today.

Need help donatingCall us at 503.535.3866.

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Outside In is an independent, non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oregon. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors in accordance with the policies defined in the organization’s Bylaws. Outside In is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (EIN: 93-0567549). All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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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.