Designated Giving Opportunities

Outside In’s interventions in some of the region’s most challenging social issues continue to succeed, one person at a time. But we can’t accomplish lasting change without like-minded partners like you. Make a donation to one of our core programs listed below or call us with questions. 

Tess Anawalt, Major Gift Officer – TessA@outsidein.org or 503.535.3855

Lori Slaughter, Director of Development – LoriS@outsidein.org or 503.535.3867

BASIC NEEDS FOR YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS 

Healthy Meals, Laundry, Showers, Internet, etc.

Harmful home environments that include physical and/or sexual abuse, homophobia or transphobia, parental mental illness or substance abuse, and poverty force many young adults into homelessness. Once on the streets, these vulnerable young people experience violence, hunger, poor health, and negative stigma from society.

Outside In provides safe spaces where youth experiencing homelessness can get their immediate needs met and begin building supportive, trusting relationships with adults who can help. Your gift will provide the basics – safety from the streets, showers, laundry, meals, and case management – to help these vulnerable young people get on their feet.

HOUSING

Stable and Supportive Housing Designed to Facilitate Youth Independence

The unstable and hostile home environments that often force youth onto the streets also make it unsafe for many to return home. They frequently have become homeless suddenly and before they learn essential life skills needed to live independently. Many youth need long-term, supportive assistance that emergency shelters are not designed to provide.

For youth who are not ready to live independently but cannot go home, Outside In’s housing program provides a nurturing environment that offers stability, consistency, and safety. Youth receive the support and guidance they need to transition into independence and long-term stability.

EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION

Job Training and Education Services for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Youth experiencing homelessness, who are disconnected from family, school and typical employment paths, have had little if any modeling and coaching related to education and employment.

Outside In provides each student with the individualized planning, one-on-one tutoring and support to help them achieve their GED, complete job training, and plan for college and career development. Employment and education go hand-in-hand for youth, and they generally are working on both simultaneously.

LGBTQIA+ PROGRAMS

Integrated Health and Social Services

LGBTQIA+ youth and adults often experience widespread and systematic discrimination from health care organizations, government agencies, and society in general.  These oppressive environments create barriers to accessing safe and affirming housing, health care and supporting services, often resulting in high rates of homelessness, substance use, and untreated medical and mental health needs.

The team at Outside In understands that every LGBTQIA+ person’s experience is unique. We provide gender affirming housing, health care, and social services to all of our fellow human beings. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We are here to celebrate and help people on their journey.

SYRINGE EXCHANGE

Harm Reduction Services for Injection Drug Users

Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are some of our society’s most pressing health issues.

Patients are treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve. For a person who is using injection drugs, providing clean needles keeps them safe, and prevents them from getting or spreading HIV, Hepatitis C, and other diseases. By providing Naloxone, the antidote to opiate overdoses, and training people to use it, hundreds of lives are saved each year. The Outside In team succeeds by removing barriers to services, building therapeutic relationships, and delivering compassionate care to all of its clients.

KATHY OLIVER SCHOLARSHIP

Flexible Support for Youth Who Are Working to Advance Their Education

The Kathy Oliver Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 to honor the life’s work of Outside In’s longtime Executive Director. Kathy led the agency for nearly 4 decades and grew it from a small team of staff and volunteers to an organization with over 150 employees, 11,000 patients and clients, and 3 program areas including medical care, homeless youth services, and behavioral health. Throughout the years of growth and success, Kathy never lost sight of the mission. She believed everyone deserves to have their basic needs met. And, that everyone should have access to education, especially young people who were experiencing homelessness and oppression.  

Today, students who are participating in educational programs at Outside In’s Employment & Education Resource Center (ERC) are eligible to receive support from the Kathy Oliver Scholarship Fund. 

Success Stories

Jason

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

Anna

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

Anthony

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.

Shay

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

River

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

Rei

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