Operation Nightwatch Portland
Rating: 4.79 stars 81 reviews
Location: 1432 SW 13th Portland OR 97201 USA
Results: This year, over 13,000 visits have been made by guests to our downtown or Mobile Hospitality Centers, where we have provided the warmth of human connection along with food, blankets, and warm clothing.
Target demographics: homeless and low-income adults in the Portland, OR, metro area
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400+
Geographic areas served: Metropolitan Portland, OR
Programs: Weekend Hospitality Center Mobile Hospitality Center Street Hospitality Teams Immersion Program Birthday Nights Comedy Movie Nights Sunday worship services Weekly Bible Studies Monthly day-trips to parks, museums Annual Spiritual Retreat Annual Christmas Party Annual Memorial Service
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I used to live in my car with my dog Kosmo in Portland. Nightwatch was a place for me to get a little hope and a little less fear. Now I'm thinking about volunteering.
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Nightwatch is wonderful. I've been coming for three years now, and am an active member in the homeless community, both as a guest and as a volunteer. Nightwatch gives me a place to socialize with friends who sleep outside, as well as make new ones who do not. I enjoy the fact that I can come here, be myself, and accepted as that person, even on my bad days. I can talk to people whose concerns are not 'where shall I sleep tonight?' or 'Which line will I stand in to eat?'
Gary is a wonderful organizer, and has the interests of the guests of Nightwatch in mind with every decision he makes. The volunteers are wonderful, and many have been coming for far longer than I have.
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Because I sleep outside
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make sure the volunteers are guided a bit better.