Ready To Succeed

New Avenues’ Promoting Avenues to Employment (PAVE) program offers robust job training and employment services to youth at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, helping them build the skills to find career-pathway employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Through PAVE, youth participate in a four-week, competency-based Job Readiness Training (JRT), in which they learn, practice, develop, and engage in: […]

the power of poetry

Finding ways to connect with and teach youth who may have not experienced success in a typical classroom is a priority for New Avenues’ Alternative School.   And a local teen group called Poeteen is helping us do that through poetry!    Held once a month, students from this Lincoln High School organization facilitate a poetry workshop […]

Winter Gear

You can keep out the cold for some of the most vulnerable in our community!  Please donate a new or gently used winter coat, rain coat, shoes, boots or sleeping bag for the youth we serve.  Donations are gratefully accepted at our 1220 SW Columbia location Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm.  Please contact with any questions and thanks […]

Holiday Meals for Youth

Would you like to contribute to the holiday celebrations going on in our Transitional Housing program, Unity House or any of our housing programs for youth?  We’re looking for donations of prepared food or Safeway or Fred Meyer gift cards – and volunteers to help deliver meals- to young people who are just beginning to learn […]

Be A Stocking Stuffer!

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for the youth we serve, and we work to make the season as special as possible – but we need your help! We’re in need of backpacks, socks, gloves, hats, hygiene supplies, gift cards (no more than $10) to distribute to the hundreds of youth who will access our services in December. We can […]

Matching Gifts

If you work for one of the companies listed below, your donation has the potential to be multiplied through a matching gift. Don’t see your employer listed? Contact your HR department to find out whether your company matches gifts and how to submit a matching gift form. • 3M • Abbott Laboratories • ACE INA […]

Sleeping Bag Drive with Noah Vonleh

Join Blazer Noah Vonleh and Keep out the Cold for Homeless Youth! New Avenues is grateful to Portland Trailblazer Noah Vonleh for shining a light on the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in Portland. While we work hard to connect young people to shelter, the need is great and often times a safe, warm place to […]

Unity House II – Opening in January 2017

In January 2017, we will launch Unity House II, which will further support our efforts to meet the housing demand for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in East County. Last year, New Avenues opened Unity House in SE Portland – Oregon’s firs ever housing program specifically for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The opportunity was made possible […]

dfrntpigeon takes flight

In April 2016, New Avenues and global ideas and innovation company AKQA launched dfrntpigeon.  Pronounced “different pigeon,” the brand gives youth at-risk of or experiencing homelessness an artful chance at employment.  Mentored by professional creative and marketing experts, youth are paid to brand, market and design a clothing line that reflects their lives and experiences.  […]

15 Years of Comedy, 15 Years of Making a Difference

For the past fifteen years, the Steve Allen Comedy Show has been New Avenues’ signature fundraising event, raising a total of almost $4.5 million in support of our mission to prevent and end youth homelessness. Founded by long-time board member Joan Allen and her husband Brian Allen, the first event featured Brian’s father – the […]