Giving Hope. Restoring Life.

When a hurting man or woman comes to Portland Rescue Mission for help, there’s more to them than homelessness and addiction. There’s often a heartbreaking backstory of trauma or loss that has left them unable to cope with everyday life.

With your help, our life-giving ministries work together to bring a hurting person out of brokenness and despair into healing, truth and purpose. And a new life, powered by a deep experience of God’s love.

Your partnership is a key part of this vital process. Volunteers, financial supporters, prayer partners, donors of food and clothing — all work together to help us give hope and restore life to people in need.



ADDICTION: 68% of U.S. cities report that addiction is the most prevalent issue in the lives of homelessness people.

TRAUMA: Domestic violence, post-traumatic stress and grief from devastating life circumstances leave people feeling hopeless.

MENTAL ILLNESS: 20-25% of the homeless population suffer from chronic mental illness.

POVERTY: Job loss, underemployment and foreclosure have significantly increased homelessness in recent years.

RELATIONAL BROKENNESS: By the time hurting men and women come to Portland Rescue Mission for help, they have no supportive relationships left. Most struggle with loneliness and despair.




MEALS: Breakfast and dinner served to the public free of charge, 365 days a year at our downtown Burnside Shelter. We also serve lunch on weekends. More than 330,000 hot, nutritious meals a year.

RESTROOMS: Our Burnside Shelter is one of the only public restrooms available in the downtown area, open 24/7. Private access for both men and women gives dignity for basic needs.

MAIL SERVICE: Around 1,000 homeless men and women receive their mail at our address, helping them stay in touch with family and gain employment.

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE: Evening chapel and Sunday church services open to the public. Attendance not required to receive meals or other services.

REFERRALS: We work closely with area agencies to get men and women medical, legal, housing and other assistance.




SHELTER: Portland’s largest provider of overnight shelter for up to 128 men. Extended shelter (1-6 weeks) for 30 men and women.

SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS: Our 3-4 month Connect Ministry at our Burnside Shelter helps people transition quickly to employment and housing. Capacity for up to 52 men and women.

LONG-TERM PROGRAMS: Our yearlong New Life Ministries are offered free of charge and are open to anyone committed to starting a new life. Addiction recovery, spiritual renewal and life skills training restore men and women to healthy, productive lives. Up to 62 women and children pursue recovery at Shepherd’s Door in northeast Portland. Up to 45 men journey toward recovery at The Harbor in northeast Portland.




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