Iron Tribe Network is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit peer-run organization.
One night walking the streets of Portland at 2am with a friend that had relapsed, I got upset. There was no place to take him! That’s when the idea sprang up–get a house… Make a home for the Tribe.
Iron Tribe is a community that emerged from the commitment and vision of two co-founders in 2009 to develop an effective transitional housing solution for persons with co-occurring disorders re-entering their community after involvement with the criminal justice system.
Iron means “from inside” and Tribe means “family” and that is how our community name came to be.
Iron Tribe was founded on an innovative community urban-tribe model for recovery and wellness. This “Community of Belonging” that Iron Tribe developed represents a standard of in-community recovery that has been self-supporting. Engaged in a program of living based on recovery, peer support and building community, families and individuals served have experienced lasting benefits. A key component is facilitating natural and mutual supports in the community. Goals and values of the community include: recovery, family, community, transparency, health, wellness and education.
Today, Iron Tribe Network operates 10 long-term Recovery & Wellness Homes in Multnomah and Clackamas County as well as 4 Homes in Washington and Columbia County.
To be continued. Additional history forthcoming…