Category Archives: News

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For people who are homeless, showers meet big needs at Burnside Shelter

For most people, a shower is a modern convenience – a regular part of our routine we give only a momentary thought. For others, it’s a lifeline, and one of the only things that makes them feel human again. “For men and women looking to get and hold a job, reestablish... Read More

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Rachelle escapes past, becomes ‘new creation’ at Shepherd’s Door

Two years ago, Rachelle had no idea what sobriety meant. Drinking since she was eight years old, Rachelle had always found herself a slave to some sort of substance. It was an endless cycle of pain, drugs, hopelessness, and more. There was no escape. No escape, that is, until... Read More

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Elizabeth overcomes paralyzing grief, hopelessness at Shepherd’s Door

Completely grief-stricken and utterly broken, Elizabeth came to Shepherd’s Door after the pain of losing her husband became too much. Living life and trying to function in a healthy way became virtually impossible. Elizabeth had reached a breaking point, and the rabbit hole... Read More

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Dwight talks faith, direction and Mission Bar-B-Que with The Oregonian

Mission Bar-B-Que is not only the “best bar-b-que … in the northwest,” as described by two bar-b-que super fans from the south, it represents an entirely new enterprise for Portland Rescue Mission. And for Dwight, a former New Life Ministries graduate from The Harbor,... Read More

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Homeless man’s music captivates nation, reconnects him with son (news roundup)

Here at Portland Rescue Mission, one of the greatest joys of what we do is to witness transformation in the lives of men, women and kids. From the moment someone steps into our New Life Ministries at either The Harbor or Shepherd’s Door, to the time they experience their... Read More

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PDX Cru finds how it fits in God’s puzzle at The Harbor

It started out like any other summer. After another school year came to a close, and most college students were headed home until the fall, one group’s summer vacation would remain on hold for at least three weeks. As part of Cru’s summer service projects, a group of students... Read More

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Homelessness awareness: Top 5 reasons youths end up homeless (news roundup)

Portland Rescue Mission desires to see men, women and children find hope through a restored life, free from the bondage that comes with homelessness and addiction. Portland Rescue Mission also desires to raise awareness on the topic of homelessness. Stay up-to date on our blog... Read More

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Portland Rescue Mission selected to bring ‘Real Change’ to city

Now that summer has arrived and the temperature is heating up, many people are outside enjoying the City of Roses. Summer also provides more opportunities to engage with the increase in men, women and children who are hurting, homeless and on the streets. In response, Downtown... Read More

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Homelessness awareness: NFL players sleep on the streets (news roundup)

While Portland is beautiful and sunny, the harsh reality of homelessness remains the same for many of Portland Rescue Mission’s guests at our Burnside Shelter. Being homeless on the streets of Portland is hard, and regardless of whether it’s summertime or not, life doesn’t... Read More

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Report: Homelessness numbers in Portland virtually the same as in 2013

Multnomah County recently released the 2015 “Point-in-Time” report: a bi-annual count of homeless men, women and children in Portland/Multnomah County on any given night. Two changes are from the last report done in 2013 show a slight shift. The first is a drop in homeless... Read More