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What does a homeless person really need?

When people come through our doors, they’re often poor, hungry, sick, sleepless, afraid and lonely.

They can see no way out of their circumstances.

But your support gives them a hot meal, a warm shower, a safe bed and a welcoming smile.

Often, these simple acts of compassion help men and women take their first steps toward a life free of addiction and homelessness.

“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

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How You’re Helping

In 2014, you helped us provide:

331,346 hot nutritious meals *

83,197 safe nights of shelter *

699,464 pounds of clothing, food and toiletries

* Needs are rising. We expect a 15% increase in meals.

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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we’re able to provide all of these services free of charge at our Burnside Shelter.


We serve hot, nutritious meals — up to 700 a day, 365 days a year. Breakfast is served daily to everyone at 7:00 a.m. Dinner served daily to everyone at 6:00 p.m. Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. 


Up to 120 men have short-term shelter with us each night. Clothing and showers are available to overnight guests. Overnight shelter available for men only, based on a nightly lottery system (held at 6 p.m. ; TB card required). From Nov-March, we open extra space for men to sleep on mats (lottery held at 8 p.m.). Also offer referrals to area agencies.


We provide safe, secure, 24-hour restrooms for men, women, and children. This restores dignity and allows us to reach people we may not otherwise meet.

Mail Service:

We provide a mailing address for over 1,000 homeless individuals—a vital service for anyone who needs an address for job applications, family correspondence and legal issues.


We refer our guests to treatment programs, medical providers, employment programs and transitional housing facilities to help get their needs met.


We invite our guests to hear the message of God’s love and healing in our daily chapel services and Bible studies, and church services on Sunday mornings.

Guest Care Center:

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

Burnside Shelter

111 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

Open 24/7 with brief closures to clean the lobby around 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.




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