Food, Shelter and Homeless Services

Food, Shelter and Other Homeless Services in Portland

I hadn’t eaten in probably three or four days. Just that simple offer of food was huge – that somebody cared enough to meet my needs.”
~ Tim, New Life Ministry Resident

Thanks to generous public support, all of our meals, shelter and other vital services are provided free of charge to anyone in need at our Burnside Shelter.


We serve hot, nutritious meals — up to 900 a day, 365 days a year. Breakfast is served daily at 7:00 a.m. Dinner is served daily at 6:00 p.m. Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.


  • Overnight shelter is available to men through a nightly lottery held at 6:00 p.m. — TB card required.
  • Extended shelter (1-6 weeks) available for men and women in transition toward housing.
  • Winter Shelter is available November through March with comfortable sleeping mats in our chapel area (lottery held at 8:00 p.m. — TB card required). Daily blanket exchange provides clean blankets to people who must sleep outside.


Safe 24-hour restrooms for available for men, women, and children restore dignity and allow us to reach people we may not otherwise meet.

Showers and Clothing

Showers and clothing are available to shelter guests. Additional shower times available through our Guest Care Center’s daily schedule.

Guest Care Center

We connect people in need to area resources and provide fun activities through our Guest Care Center. We are open daily.

Mail Service

We provide a mailing address for hundreds of homeless individuals—a vital service for anyone who needs an address for job applications, family correspondence and legal issues.


Assistance is available to find area resources like treatment programs, medical providers, employment programs and transitional housing facilities.


Nightly chapel services are available following dinner at 7:00 p.m. to share encouragement, prayer and the truth of God’s love. Sunday Services begin at 11:00 a.m.

How You're Helping

Each year, your support provides:


hot nutritious meals


nights of safe shelter


pounds of clothing, food and toiletries


vehicle donations

Burnside Shelter

111 W. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209


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