Just Compassion formed in 2010 as a once-a-month meeting to resource those serving adults without homes in Tigard, Oregon. We served in separate organizations that hosted severe winter shelters, community meals, food pantries, and showers and laundry but felt a connection around our compassion for those who live outside. The meetings became a place of support, collaboration, resourcing and networking.
In 2015, Just Compassion of East Washington County became a registered non-profit in the state of Oregon.
In the winter of 2016, Just Compassion opened a weekly day center for homeless adults at Tigard Foursquare Church. It was the first day center for homeless adults to operate within East Washington County.
Just Compassion partners with the City of Beaverton to operate a severe weather shelter. The Beaverton Severe Weather shelter was opened in January 2017 to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay during the winter.
Property was acquired in Tigard in August of 2017. Currently two houses sit on the .6 acre parcel of land ideally situated near downtown Tigard and just blocks from the junction of Highways 99 and 217. The property has great accessibility by foot, bus or car. It is on a main thoroughfare (Hall Blvd), close to the Tigard Transit Center and many connecting bus lines.
In our initial development, one of the houses is being converted into a one-stop resource day center for homeless adults. We opened at this location in May of 2018 after essential renovations of the upper level.
Our permanent location is more accessible for local homeless to begin to regain a sustainable and healthy life. Until now, the homeless residing in our area have had to spend enormous amounts of time and energy trying to obtain services that are concentrated in the west side of Washington County (Hillsboro) or scattered throughout the county.
We offer homeless adults a respite from the weather, a nutritious meal, access to restrooms, internet, phones, socialization, clothing, resource information and many other support services.