Operation Nightwatch Portland

Rating: 4.79 stars   81 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1432 SW 13th Portland OR 97201 USA

Mission: Operation Nightwatch is an ecumenical night ministry providing hospitality to promote dignity and community among Portland's neediest.
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
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 93-0805248
503-220-0438
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Rating: 1 stars  

This is a naive group that is unintentionally causing harm in the community. They have not addressed the design flaw whereby they attract both dangerous men and naive volunteers who are told that all they need is a smile. Their volunteer Nikki Powell was raped and murdered by a ON client and lay decomposing in her apartment for three full weeks with no family or fellow volunteers to check on her disappearance. The same homeless men who knew that sex offender Mark Beebout had moved on Nikki are at ON- you can meet them yourself. This group's extreme "turn the other cheek" approach puts volunteers at risk- along with lax security.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Our standards are more stringent than this reviewer would stereotype them. Those standards are set by our Board of Directors, among whom are a retired mental health worker, medical professionals, several lawyers, and a former Multnomah County prosecutor. Anyone is indeed welcome to visit and meet those who come to our Hospitality Centers, which would likely serve to bust other stereotypes this reviewer sets.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to see operation nightwatch in action from an outsiders perspective. Operation nightwatch has an outreach vehicle that parks every Friday night at one of the local neighborhoods that has several homeless and low income families. They serve a meal and provide warm clothing when available. Even in the heart of winter, with the cold and rain, the volunteers set up the hospitality vehicle and put out canopies, tables and chairs (and heater) so that those less fortunate have something warm to eat. I started hanging out and meeting many of the people who come regularly. These folks really appreciate this weekly service.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This charity serves a population that includes some very dangerous sex offenders. One of the female volunteers was murdered on July 4, 2012 by a manipulative psychopath named Mark Beebout. Until Operation Nightwatch starts screening the "clients" or the volunteers better, there is a real risk that another volunteer will be harmed. The leader of the organization seems unwilling to take a realistic look at the potential harm he brings to Portland by enabling and attracting the homeless criminals that mix into the general homeless population. There is apparently lax security.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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After 30 years of operation through which we have served tens of thousands of guests with an army of thousands of volunteers, we did suffer an unprecedented tragedy this summer. Ignoring our strict boundaries guidelines, one of our volunteers invited a guest to stay in her home, and she was later found murdered. This incident has led to critical soul-searching, not only among our Board of Directors (the ones who set policy -the Executive Director only executes it), but among those in charge of homeless programs around the city of Portland. (Mr. Beebout accessed all their services--no homeless program exercises the kind of screening this reviewer is talking about.) We have enacted some additional safeguards as a result. Though our boundaries guidelines have always been printed in our official Volunteers Manual, we now require all of our volunteers to submit a signed copy of those guidelines, testifying that they have read and understood them. In the end, it has only been those who have known nothing about Operation Nightwatch and its work prior to this tragedy who have sought to vilify us. Those who have been acquainted with Operation Nightwatch through the years have only mourned with us and been nothing but supportive. The mother of the victim herself wrote us this note: "Please continue sharing generosity and compassion in your lives, thus honoring the memory of our special young woman. "Many blessings and God's love and protection surround you always. "

Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Night Watch helps prevent neighborhood crimes in evening and make downtown Portland attractive for nightlife and dining by helping remove homeless from sidewalks where there may be begging and accosting diners and shoppers, and instead control them in a carefully supervised environment.

From what I understand however there is no or little if any accountability there. There is no case management, intake or any methods to keep the homeless accountable in their recovery from addiction and antisocial behaviors. It thus attracts a lot of chronic cases for years and years. Nevertheless we as residents and business owners of downtown Portland are happy to know that there is Night Watch that keeps eyes on the worst of the worst bums so we do not have to deal with them. It's kind of like having a babysitter. Please support this charity as without Night Watch all hell will break loose.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

public safety

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

track every homeless and make sure no one becomes chronic.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

Pacific Patrol Service

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Nightwatch provides a warm caring place for those who are homeless or underhoused . Warm Drinks ,Food, Clothing and a safe social environment can be enjoyed by anyone. The Director, Gary, was kind to help me establish an email account. Thank You very much! n

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Staying safe and warm.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to have showers available.

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