Our History

Share had its beginnings in 1979 when a group of caring people came together with the common goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the Vancouver area.

To learn about Share’s 30+ years of history in Clark County, please click the link below:
History of Share: Serving the Hungry & Homeless in Clark County.

A Brief Timeline of Share Services & Programs

1979
Meals for homeless.

1982
Share Board established.

1983
Board of Directors formed.

1985
New Share House (at current location) & Hot Meals Program begins.

1993
Resource Center for street homeless, at request of City of Vancouver, downtown area (Esther Short Park).

1996
Share Homestead & Share Orchards Inn open.

1996
Fire destroys Share House.

1998
Share Outreach, pilot program begins.

1999
Opening of new Share House.

2000
ASPIRE/transitional housing program begins.

2002
Winter Shelter Program begins; est. as WHO in 2004

2003
Emergency housing, single women (Share Homes).

2004
Backpack & SummerSLAM Programs launched.

2007
In June, Share hosted a public outreach process to share our Facility Improvement Plan and seek feedback from the community about how best our organization should grow to meet the on-going needs of the hungry, homeless and low-income in our community.

2009
Share purchased a building on Andresen Road, which will become the Share Fromhold Service Center.

2011
Phase Two of our capital campaign process, with a portion of the Share Fromhold Service Center’s renovations completed, including the Northwest Natural Products/Gummy Vites Backpack Building Area.

2013
Share Fromhold Service Center officially opened as the new home of: Share ASPIRE staff offices, Share Outreach Program, Share Volunteer Center, Share Administrative Offices and Warehouse for Share’s Backpack & Holiday Cheer Programs, plus storage space for donations.

2015
Lincoln Place, a 30-unit Housing First apartment complex, opens. The building is owned by Vancouver Housing Authority and managed by Key Properties; Share manages programs offered to the residents and Community Services Northwest provides on-site mental health and substance abuse services. Lincoln Place is permanent supportive housing so people can live there indefinitely and receive on-going services.