Volunteer

Volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission

Smiling volunteers needed! Help men, women and children overcome the despair of homelessness, addiction, hunger and abuse. Join Portland Rescue Mission’s faith-based ministry expressing the love of Jesus Christ by offering compassion, hope and healing people in need.

We value a culture of ministry that is highly relational, cultivates intimacy with Christ and openly expresses God’s love for all.

Volunteers are considered for roles according to need, availability, gifting, faith, gender and age. Our goal is to best match volunteers with the opportunities available and to meet needs of the guests and residents we serve. Because of our desire to be highly relational, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one year of service.

And if you want to engage with us in another way, let us know.
 

Individual Opportunities

GUEST CARE

Volunteers at our Burnside Shelter provide hospitality services for homeless guests, build intentional relationships with them, and encourage them away from the destructive environment of the street toward a life focused on relationship and hope.

MEAL SERVICE

Portland Rescue Mission serves breakfast to homeless guests every day at the Burnside Shelter. Lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers help by welcoming guests, serving food and helping clean and reset the dining room for the day’s activities. Volunteers serve once a week to once a month.

GUEST RELATIONS OFFICE

Our hospitality ministry serves men and women who are currently homeless by sharing the love of Jesus with them in order give hope. Volunteers do this by meeting basic needs, answering phones, greeting guests and responding to inquiries.

GUEST CARE CENTER

Men and women on the streets often have very little engagement in healthy, stimulating activities. Our Community Center seeks to remedy that, offering fun activities, life skills training and personal services — all while building healthy relationships with our staff and volunteers. We need people to volunteer during the day either once a week or once a month.
 

RECOVERY CARE

The New Life Ministry at The Harbor (for men) and Shepherd’s Door (for women and children) includes a 12-month residential recovery program with spiritual formation, addictions counseling and life skills. Recovery is faith-based in nature and therefore all volunteers must have a personal faith in Jesus Christ, be a part of a local church community and be at least three years removed from an addiction.

CHILDREN

Volunteers support the staff in facilitating a safe and healthy environment for the kids at Shepherd’s Door. Volunteers provide childcare and supervise activities in the Family Life Center.

EDUCATION

Many of the residents who enter our programs are in need of educational assistance. Volunteers help men and women accomplish their educational goals by providing teaching, tutoring and administrative support.

LIFE SKILLS

The men and women who enter our programs often have had little invested into them. Home life, self care, vocational skills and resident advocacy allow men and women to be successful when they complete the recovery program. Volunteers support residents in their life skills by serving alongside them, coaching and modeling a healthy life.

MENTORING

Mentors work one-on-one with residents in the New Life Ministry, building discipleship relationships with them to facilitate their growth and maturity in Christ. Mentors model a healthy life of faith, relationship and life skills. While mentoring isn’t for every volunteer, some volunteers will gain a good grasp of the recovery process and discover mentoring to be a great fit.

OPERATIONS

To feed, clothe and bring life change to thousands of homeless people it is vital that facilities are kept up and administrative processes are maintained.

CAR SALES AND DONATIONS

Volunteers assist the staff at Drive Away Hunger (Portland Rescue Mission’s Car Sales and Donations site) by driving and detailing cars, and assisting with administrative clerical work. Volunteers are especially needed on weekends.

MAINTENANCE

Volunteers help create a safe, comfortable and healing environment at all Portland Rescue Mission facilities by helping with a range of facilities projects, from maintenance to improvement projects.

Group Opportunities

EVENING MINISTRY

Portland Rescue Mission seeks to equip and engage local churches in serving homeless men and women. Evening Ministry is a great way for churches to begin that journey. Groups create an atmosphere of hospitality at the Burnside Shelter by serving the evening meal and providing a chapel service to 150–300 homeless guests. These groups minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless men and women of Portland by providing a hot meal, conversation and a word of encouragement. Through these tangible expressions of love, volunteers communicate to each homeless person that he or she is known and valued.
 

MEAL HOSTING

Evening meal hosting is an opportunity for churches and groups to serve the New Life Ministries residents. Groups purchase, prepare, serve and share their meal with the residents. This act of service allows groups to practice hospitality, offer support and give hope to the men, women and children who are seeking life change.
 

WORK PROJECTS

Volunteer groups of all shapes and sizes serve Portland Rescue Mission facilities and help create a safe, comfortable and healing environment for residents and guests. Projects range from general maintenance to improvement projects.
 

GUEST CARE CENTER

Men and women on the streets often have very little engagement in healthy, stimulating activities. Our Guest Care Center seeks to remedy that, offering fun activities, life skills training, and personal services – all while building healthy relationships with our staff and volunteers. We need people to volunteer during the day either once a week or once a month.
 

What You Can Do