Portland, OR. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit helping homeless youth and other marginalized people, Mayor Ted Wheeler declared June 21st, “Outside In Day.” The celebration at The Evergreen event space in SE Portland included a tribute to the nonprofit’s life-saving work in the community by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and a personal statement of support by film director Todd Haynes. It was also a party for retiring Executive Director Kathy Oliver after 38 years of leadership. (Photo credit, Ashley Courter)

Commissioner Chole Eudaly, film director Todd Haynes, Kathy Oliver, and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

Mayor Ted Wheeler presents a city proclamation of “Outside In Day” to Kathy Oliver.

From Outside In:


Outside In began in 1968, and we have continually revised our Homeless Youth Services and Medical Services to meet changing community needs.

Our mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.

We are…

  • Service providers and advocates.
  • Experts in understanding adolescents.
  • A Federally Qualified Health Center.
  • A licensed Mental Health Agency.
  • Leaders in serving LGBTQ youth.

We believe…

  • In dignity, hope, and resiliency.
  • In innovation.
  • Our clients can get through current challenges.
  • Young people need trusting adults to thrive.
  • In meeting people where they are.
  • In a strengths-based approach.

Outside In recognizes that our clients and employees have unique experiences rooted in and affected by race, culture, gender and gender identity, age, belief systems, social class and income, sexual orientation, physical ability, and other aspects of individual identity.  We acknowledge the beauty, strength, and opportunities that come from such diversity as well as the destructive and pervasive consequences that come from prejudice and oppression.  We are deeply committed to dismantling overt and covert oppression, and to building personal and institutional diversity and inclusiveness.