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Fresh Chance Career Journey

Our community is made stronger and safer when people have living wage jobs. But for many veterans, former offenders, the homeless, and at-risk youth it is difficult to get—and keep—the very jobs that will empower them to change their own lives.

Together with your help we can continue to create fresh chances for people right here in our own community.

    For the past 7 years Straight Path has held semiannual career fairs as a non profit 501(c)(3), providing job connections for low income populations. And we’re excited to announce expanded services, plus an invitation to an even broader segment of the underserved populations around us.

    Over time, Straight Path has found the most success when we connect more deeply with employers and build stronger relationships for future job security. Our thoughtful, holistic approach includes building multiple, deep partnerships in recruiting, career training, counseling and case management. The goal is retention support, longevity and consistency, for job seekers and businesses alike.

    We continue to focus on job opportunities for those with employment barriers, and have expanded that definition to include:

    • Homelessness or potential homelessness
    • Returning veterans or underserved veterans
    • At-risk high school juniors and seniors
    • People with non-violent criminal history
    • Those who have finished drug rehabilitation
    • Those needing guidance and training

    We can’t do it alone. YOUR DONATIONS MAKE THIS WORK. All donations are tax deductible, and go directly to support events and services. Help us build a better community for all of us!

    Donation Options

    1. Cash donations.
    2. Non-cash donations. Ex: Car, boat, RV, precious metals, stock, and gift cards to name a few.
    3. Physical donations - interview clothing, computers, trade tools.

    Just describe the items, and we handle everything from there. We will do the appraisal, moving and paperwork!

    Will my donations really matter?

    Here are just a few independent research articles that answer resoundingly YES!

    From the US Department of Health and Human Services, “Preparing at-risk youth for and setting them on the path toward jobs with sufficient compensation is an essential part of promoting their well-being and improving their likelihood of becoming independent adults.” - Link

    Oregon scored #7 in the list of states with the most at-risk youth for 2017. - Link

    "Work reduces (prison) recidivism but there’s an important caveat that we must point out - the sooner ex-offenders are employed, the less likely they will commit future crimes resulting in further jail and prison time.” - Link

    “Probation was revoked 500 percent less for those who are employed.” US Courts - Link

    Join our growing group of faithful supporters

    • Ankrom Mosian Architects
    • Auto Warehousing Co.
    • Burgerville
    • Central Northeast Neighbors, Inc.
    • City of Gresham
    • City of Portland Crime Prevention Coordinator
    • City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources Employment & Development
    • City of Portland Bureau of Police
    • City of Portland Office of Mayor Charlie Hales
    • Coast Industries Inc.
    • Columbia Distributing
    • Concordia Neighborhood Association
    • Concordia University
    • Constructing Hope
    • CRN Global
    • Cully Association of Neighbors
    • Department of Community Justice Multnomah Co
    • DePaul Treatment Center
    • Dr Henry G. Greenidge
    • EFI Recycling
    • Forest Service Pacific NW Region
    • Frequency
    • Hoffman Construction Company
    • Ironworkers Local Union No. 29
    • Irvington Covenant Church
    • Labor Works
    • Mark W. Eves, PC
    • McDougal Littell
    • Me'Rae's
    • MercyCorps NW Reentry Transition Center
    • Metro
    • NAACP Portland Unit #1120
    • NECA IBEW local 48 Electrical Training Center
    • New Seasons Market
    • ODOT Office of Civil Rights
    • Oregon & SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers, JATC
    • Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries/Apprenticeship and Training Division
    • Oregon Department of Transportation
    • Our 42nd Ave
    • Pacific Power/Pacific Corp
    • Port of Portland
    • Portland Community College/Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center
    • Portland Development Commission
    • Portland General Electric
    • Providence Health & Services
    • Rizk Law
    • St Charles Borremeo Parish
    • Susan Trabucco Consulting
    • The Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization
    • The Portland Observer
    • Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.
    • Tri Met
    • UA Plumbers and Steamfitters
    • University of Portland
    • UPS
    • Urban League of Portland
    • US Bank
    • Volunteers of America
    • Waste Management
    • Weston Pontiac Buick
    • William Leonard C.P.A.
    • Work Systems
    • Worksource Portland Metro