Category Archives: Reaching Out

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How do you help a panhandler in Portland? Meet Shane

“When I first lost my job, I still had my van,” says Shane. “I would drive to Washington and collect cans. I could make $100 a day.” But when Shane’s van broke down, he couldn’t afford to fix it. He lost his ability to recycle for an income. Panhandling seemed …... Read More

Lake Grove Presbyterian Church serves monthly at Shepherd's Door.

Lake Grove Presbyterian pours out love on Shepherd’s Door

At Portland Rescue Mission, meeting the needs of thousands of people suffering from hunger, homelessness, addiction and abuse takes more than 3,000 volunteers and 30,000 donors every year. Church partners are a core part of this dedicated team giving hope and restoring life... 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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Start summer off with a new job at Portland Rescue Mission

With school over and summer in full swing, you might be in job search-mode. And if so, did you know Portland Rescue Mission is currently hiring? We have positions open at our three main facilities. We are actively looking to hire people who are passionate about helping hurting... 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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Plan your future, benefit loved ones and Portland Rescue Mission

Have you taken the time to plan your future? If not, Portland Rescue Mission is here to help. If you need help planning your legacy, go to PortlandRescueMission.org/Plan for a free book titled “Provide & Protect.” The book is written by estate planning expert A. Charles... Read More

Joanne Jackson smiles as she works on the community garden at Shepherd's Door.

Joanne Jackson spreading the joy of gardening at Shepherd’s Door

For 38 years, Joanne Jackson spent her working hours as an Infection Prevention Nurse at Providence Portland.“It was a very enjoyable job, but it started to become too much for me to cope with,” Joanne said. It was time to retire. Fortunately for Portland Rescue Mission’s... Read More

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Family Life Center shows kids affected by addiction ‘unconditional love’

Children aren’t typically who we first imagine when we think about homelessness. The truth is that women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Portland Rescue Mission seeks to embrace not only women in need of healing, but also their... Read More

Vicky, 22, pandhandles regularly in downtown Portland. (Photo by Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian)

How do you handle panhandling? Portland Rescue Mission explains

How do you handle panhandling? That’s the question that The Oregonian posed in part six of their eight-part series on Portland’s “homeless crisis.” And here at Portland Rescue Mission, we’ve detailed out seven ways we think that can best be accomplished. Those seven... Read More

Hunter (second from right) celebrates with others from The Harbor after completing the Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon.

Help train New Life Ministries residents for Helvetia Half Marathon

Not all that long ago, Hunter Quinton’s life changed forever. (Watch Hunter’s Story of Hope). As one of the first graduates of our New Life Ministry at The Harbor since it moved into its new facility back in 2013, he discovered transformation comes in multiple facets.... Read More