Category Archives: Reaching Out


Secure your legacy, support Portland Rescue Mission’s future

  When it comes to our finances, planning for the future can be quite an undertaking. And for many individuals, it can also be a very intimidating notion. Have you planned you and your family’s legacy? If not, Portland Rescue Mission is here to help, and we have free... Read More


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

Tanya Eckroth, of Medical Teams International, teaches one of the kids in our Children's Ministry Center about dental hygiene.

Lots of love shared at the Children’s Ministry Center of Shepherd’s Door

At Shepherd’s Door, recovery affects more than just the women in our New Life Ministry, recovery is also about their children. For the kids who enter the Children’s Ministry Center (CMC), their past comes with them. And, though it is difficult to overcome the past trauma... Read More


Recent heat wave = urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness

Already this summer, we’ve been scorched by some long stretches of very hot days, including last week’s record-setting temperatures when it was well over 100 degrees! Sweltering heat hits hard for men, women and children already struggling without food and shelter.... Read More


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


Join Portland Rescue Mission in giving hope, restoring life (job openings)

It’s summertime at Portland Rescue Mission, and while many people are slowing down and enjoying vacation, our dedicated staff and compassionate volunteers continue to help men, women and children overcome homelessness and addiction–loving every minute of it. Our Hope,... Read More

Cru student Emily Accountius plants some flowers at The Harbor.

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

Rhea tells her story.

How do you help a panhandler in Portland? Meet Rhea

Rhea’s been “flying a sign” for two years in east Portland. “I hadn’t done it in a long time,” she says. “I didn’t think I’d ever have to do it again, ya know?” Some people’s signs tell lies to gain sympathy, but Rhea can’t make herself do that. “I... Read More

Shanetells his story.

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