Connect for men and women

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 participating in Pathway Ministries at the Portland Rescue Mission. In this program, men and women gain stability as they transition off a lifestyle of living on the streets. It is the first step to begin a healthy lifestyle for those who are 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 available to them as they look for 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.

Our Pathway Ministries diligently partners with other agencies in the Portland area that work with addicted and homeless individuals. These partnerships help Connect participants gain access to the many resources available to them. 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 Do We Offer?

Connect is a 3-4 month program helping individuals transition out of homelessness. Participants are provided:

  • Daily and nightly 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 secured 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

How Much Does It Cost?

Nothing. All programs are free of charge.

What Are Requirements For Entry Into Program?

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, self-advocate and are asked to participate in community projects.

Where Are We Located?

Burnside Shelter

111 West Burnside
Portland, OR 97209


Interested In Connect?

WOMEN – Call Connect Women’s Program Manager Deanne Gillock at 503-828-3187, or send an email to [email protected]

MEN – Call Connect Advocate and Community Chaplain Dominic Abaria at 503-746-9648, or send an email to [email protected]

Orientations are held twice a week at the Burnside Shelter. Anyone interested in Connect is encouraged to attend a 20-30 minute informative orientation. Women’s Connect orientations are Monday and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Men’s Connect orientations are Tuesday and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Still Want to Know More?

Follow all of the happenings at Portland Rescue Mission in our main blog, including at the Burnside Shelter, specifically. You can also watch our “Stories of Hope” videos and hear men and women talk about how their life has been transformed at Portland Rescue Mission.

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