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 […]


Avenues to College – Class of 2020

We are so excited for this great group of students preparing to head into college at PCC this fall!  Our Avenues to College cohort includes nine youth who are now completing a 16-week Leadership Development training.  These motivated students will attend a Leadership Development workshop once a month and meet with Avenues to College staff a minimum of two times per month, […]


Unity House One Year Later

In September of 2015, we launched Unity House, Oregon’s first-ever housing program specifically for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The opening of Unity House, through partnerships with Multnomah County and REACH CDC, has allowed New Avenues to create better outcomes for LGBTQ youth by expanding services offered through our program, SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth […]