Homeless Services

Food, Shelter and Other Homeless Services

“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

Thanks to generous public support, all of our meals, shelter and other vital services are provided free of charge to anyone in need at our Burnside Shelter.


We serve hot, nutritious meals — up to 900 a day, 365 days a year. Breakfast is served daily at 7:00 a.m. Dinner served daily at 6:00 p.m. Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.


  • Overnight shelter is available to men through a nightly lottery held at 6:00 PM — TB card required.
  • Extended shelter (1-6 weeks) available for men and women in transition toward housing.
  • Winter Shelter is available November through March with comfortable sleeping mats in our chapel area (lottery held at 8:00 PM — TB card required). Daily blanket exchange provides clean blankets to people who must sleep outside.


Safe 24-hour restrooms for available for men, women, and children restore dignity and allow us to reach people we may not otherwise meet.

Showers and Clothing

Showers and clothing are available to shelter guests. Additional shower times available through our Guest Care Center’s daily schedule.

Guest Care Center

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

Mail Service

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

How You're Helping

Each year, your support provides:


hot nutritious meals


nights of safe shelter


pounds of clothing, food and toiletries


vehicle donations

Burnside Shelter

111 W. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209


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Assistance is available to find area resources like treatment programs, medical providers, employment programs and transitional housing facilities.


Nightly chapel services are available following dinner at 8:00 PM to share encouragement, prayer and the truth of God’s love. Sunday Services begin at 11:00 AM.

What You Can Do

Connect Program for Men and Women

What is Connect?

Connect is a 3-4 month homeless assistance program helping men or women transition to independent housing and employment. Participants are provided:

  • Daily shelter plus three meals a day
  • A safe alcohol and drug-free community to live in while seeking permanent housing and employment
  • Separate programs and living quarters for men and women. Women’s floor has secure access.
  • An opportunity to give back to the community by serving meals, cooking, and maintaining the Portland Rescue Mission facility
  • Support for career planning, job searches, and integration into healthy community
  • Caring, trained professional staff and volunteers who are highly relational

Who needs Connect? Real people like…

  • Roberta, a 55 year old woman thrown out of her house after living with an abusive husband for 27 years. No money and nowhere to go.
  • Sally, addicted to drugs for over 25 years, lost her children to social services. She wants to live a clean life.
  • Sam, a cook and manager in restaurants for over 30 years, was part of a long history of alcoholism in his family. He lost his job, then lost his home.

These are real people. And they’re joining Connect in hope for a new beginning.

Who Are We?

Connect is a community of men and women gaining stability as they transition from homelessness or life crisis. Connect is often the first step for people dealing with the emotional scars of abuse, overcoming challenges of addiction and finding work after months or years without work history.

Participants have three to four months to tap into the many resources as they find permanent housing, seek employment and pursue out-patient recovery and/or mental health counseling. Dedicated Connect staff spend one-on-one time with residents teaching life skills, restoring relationships and creating opportunity for intentional community building.

We work with other agencies in Portland that work with individuals overcoming addiction and homelessness. Resources include case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, access to legal services, health care providers, dental services, housing specialists and employment programs.

What Are The Requirements?

Connect is a drug and alcohol-free program. Participants must be medically stable and able to fully participate in all aspects of the program. They need to be willing to abide by program guidelines, advocate for themselves and participate in community projects.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nothing. All programs are free of charge.

Where Are We Located?

Burnside Shelter

111 W. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209


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Interested in Connect?


Call Deanne Gillock at 503-828-3187
Email [email protected]

Orientation: 11:00 AM, Monday & Thursday


Call Dominic Abaria at 503-746-9664
Email [email protected]

Orientation: 11:00 AM, Tuesday & Thursday