Help Our Clients Thrive
Philanthropists who invest in Outside In have a unique opportunity to directly and positively change the course of someone’s life…the life of a person struggling just to survive, living on the streets, suffering with untreated health issues and, in need of integrated medical care and social services delivered with compassion and genuine concern.
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.
If you feel a great deal of responsibility to maximize impact with your charitable giving, seek real solutions and measurable impact, and believe you can facilitate positive transformation through philanthropy, we invite you to connect with us and start a conversation.
The Rosewood Neighborhood is one of Portland’s most diverse communities and is home to many historically vulnerable populations. Rosewood has been designated as a health care provider shortage area by the Health Resources & Services Administration, which is why Outside In is building a new clinic in the neighborhood.
Your contribution will touch the lives of thousands of people. It is because of our community – people like you – that we can ensure that all of our neighbors have access to judgment-free health care and are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.
Refuge for Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
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.
Guarantee Health and Social Services for LGBTQIA+ Populations
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.
Solutions for People Suffering from Substance Use Disorder
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.
Disrupt the Cycle of Homelessness and Poverty
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.
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.
New Beginnings Through Tattoo Removal
Despite efforts to sever ties with a painful past, tattoos can be a constant reminder of human and sex trafficking, addiction, partner violence, incarceration, and membership in gangs or hate groups, literally branding people for life. Tattoos can be a barrier to recovery from trauma, employment opportunities, increased self-esteem, personal safety, and improved social mobility.
At Outside In, low-income and homeless patients have access to professional tattoo removal by licensed physicians. By providing this important service at an affordable cost, people are able to move forward and continue on their journey to a healthy and more productive life.
Mobile Solutions that Remove Barriers to Health Care
For people experiencing homelessness or those living outside in camps and in isolated parts of the city, making the trip to a clinic can be an impossible challenge. All too often, some of the most vulnerable members of our community with the highest need go without medical services simply because they have little or no access to primary health care.
Outside In’s mobile medical vans deliver integrated health services right to patients’ doorsteps, without fees and complex paperwork. Medical van patients receive consistent, high quality and sometimes life-saving care similar to that found in traditional medical settings.
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.