Mission Statement
Our mission is to significantly reduce the rates of recidivism in the Portland metropolitan area. We help our clients change their lives to become more productive citizens. By doing so, we are contributing to the health and safety of our local communities.

"Tuning in to
Better People"


SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014
6:00PM to 10:00PM
an Evening with
Michael Allen Harrison
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Moral Reconation Therapy Graduation
Monday, April 14, 2014
6:00-6:30 PM
Reception/Hors d'oeuvres
6:30-7:30 PM
Irvington Covenant Church
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Better People can now accept public stock as a form of a contribution to our program. Your stock as a contribution allows you to claim a tax deduction. If you would like additional information please contact our office at 503 281 2663.

Better People needs your help! Please contribute to our work thru:

Nike's Global Giving Campaign - Our project is located here

Equity Foundation Work Place Giving Campaign - see their website

The Black United Fund of Oregon's Work Place Giving Campaign. See a video


Welcome to Better People.

Better People is an established employment and counseling program solely dedicated to helping individuals who have legal histories find, keep and excel in well paying jobs with fair, decent employers. We work with companies that pay a minimum of $10 per hour.

What this means to you is that if you meet us half way by participating in our program, we will try to place you in a job that pays you enough to live on.

Our counseling approach has helped thousands of individuals who have legal histories across the country. It may do the same for you.

Better People offers a complete package of support before and after you have been hired. Please review the following service:

  Support Better People While You Shop!

You can now support Better People while shopping at either Amazon.com or Powell's.com. Our partnerships with Amazon and Powell's mean that if you follow these links to their sites, a portion of your purchase will help Better People build safer communities in the Portland Metropolitan area.

    Orientation to provide the merits of services to enable a potential client to make an informed decision regarding participation.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy classes using Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®)

    After passing Step Three of MRT®, clients are required to take Job Readiness classes. Classes are designed from the point of view of individuals who have legal histories as to how to conduct a more efficient and effective job search.

    Once you reach Step Three of the MRT® process, assistance in gaining permanent employment paying a minimum of $10/hr. plus health benefits. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES, but the majority of clients who meet us half way end up in better paying jobs.

    Once employed, retention services to help the client/employee remain employed long term.

    Clients may continue to get job-placement assistance as long as they are active dues paying members of the Alumni Club. Alumni Dues are merely $25 a year.

Better People has consistently helped individuals who have legal histories get their lives back on track since June 15, 1998. Our statistics speak for themselves. Please review our Annual Report. Client testimonies provide personal insights regarding the significance of our process. Thank you for reviewing our web site.

New Office Location
Better People program moved into the McCoy Village Apartment Building in 2000. From its beginning, McCoy Village was designated as a public-housing facility; Better People was one of two commercial tenants. However, in recent years there have been issues resulting in the property being sold, re-construction and the need for Better People to relocate. With a relocation allowance from the Portland Development Commission; a tenant improvement allowance from Planned Parenthood, Columbia Willamette; and the generosity of Chris Duffin, Owner of LMC Construction, Better People was able to move into a brand new facility. We are now located at 3711 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. We have retained our presence on MLK and invite you to visit our new office.

Better People

3711 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97212
Tel: (503) 281-2663
Fax: (503) 281-2667

Non Discrimination Policy
Better People is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations and bequests and gifts of stock accepted. Federal tax ID number 91-1824478. The books are in the care of Richard C Harris, CPA, of Portland, Oregon. Financial statements gladly furnished on request.

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