Young Adult Services
We're Ready When You Need Us
If you’re a young adult and homeless, you’re forced to be independent. At Outside In, we understand that. Many of us here have been through a similar situation. We provide a safe space for you to get the services you need—when you need them. We know your situation can be complicated. But we’re here for you. Come in and talk to us.
Hope and Healing
Of the estimated 2,000 youth experiencing homelessness in Portland/Multnomah County, 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.
Youth experiencing homelessness are forced to be independent on average a full decade before their housed peers.
Everyone has a dream. For a young adult experiencing homelessness, 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 participants 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:
- Health 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. Youth experiencing homelessness, who are trained and job ready, can become employed and establish a productive life in the community.
As a patient at OI, 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.