Joe’s Place

Operating as a non-denominational, faith-based organization, Joe’s Place in Grants Pass serves at-risk and homeless teens in our community. Their goal is “To give young people the opportunity to live life together within a caring environment that enables them to gain the needed life lessons and skills that will help them in living a productive life.” Guided by Christian values, they do not require church attendance or conversion to any specific religious belief system in exchange for the assistance they provide.

Beginning in 2009, the organization wanted to begin outreach and support for disadvantaged youth ages 12-20. With the formation of a small board of directors and establishment as 501c3 non-profit, they began their work from a starter location on NW 6th Street.

Fearing that the distance from the heart of downtown Grants Pass prevented them from reaching a majority of their target population, they decided to take their mission on the road. The organization closed its NW 6th Street location and became a mobile operation, traveling between several strategic destinations such as Riverside Park and the parking lot of River Valley Community Church.

From the beginning, Joe’s Place reached out to youth on the streets of Grants Pass. For many homeless teens, this outreach became the only reliable place they could find caring adults who wanted to help them improve their lives. The years of the mobile ministry turned Joe’s Place into a household name in the community.

As successful as the mobile model became, in 2015, Joe’s decided to shoot for a downtown location to significantly augment their offerings. In July of that year, they started work on their new facility at 130 SE K Street. With sustained effort and contributions from the community, Joe’s Place can now provide our area’s at-risk youth with hot meals and a “store” where they can “shop” for free food, clothing, shoes and personal hygiene products. The location also serves as a safe place to just come and relax, complete with couches, a washer and dryer, ping pong and a few other table games, as well as a quiet study / computer room for homework, job searching and more.

The Four Way Community Foundation is proud to have assisted Joe’s Place with a 2017 grant of $5,000 to help fund the installation of their new kitchen and purchase needed IT equipment. For more information, go to www.joesplaceministries.org.