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June 12, 2013

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October 16, 2012

I attended an Operation Nightwatch Breakfast last Saturday and learned some amazing things. Operation Nightwatch does not prosletize at their hospitality centers but also do not hide that this is an ... more

June 12, 2013

I applied to be on the board so I could futher the mission of this program to we've the marginalized. I have volunteered for about 20 years. The premise is simple, treat people as you would want to be treated if life kicked your feet out from under you and left you flat on the sidewalk. We don't try to change people but we create spaces where they can choose to change and support them in their journey.

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

Triple their budget so they could serve more communities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2012

I attended an Operation Nightwatch Breakfast last Saturday and learned some amazing things. Operation Nightwatch does not prosletize at their hospitality centers but also do not hide that this is an ecumenical ministry program that seeks to address peoples physical needs with food, clothing, bedding and access to bathroom facilities. They also address social needs by offering a full range of programs including movie nights, monthly outings, Christmas parties and a monthly birthday party. They are concerned about people's intellectural needs and provides a free book cart and stimulating conversations at the hospitality centers. They also seek to address people's spiritual needs through a weekly Bible study which has also become a support group and a weekly worship service that averages 25-30 attendees per week. At this service, they take an offering which is then donated to other programs that serve the low-income and homeless in Portlan. In ten years of faithful giving by these people who most view as having nothing to give, have raised $9900. The most important service Operation Nightwatch provides, is that opportunity for marginalized people to be part of our community in very normal ways. This raises self esteem and opens the door of HOPE.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 21, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Operation Nightwatch for over 15 years. I started with one night a month at the hospitality center which is open in the evenings for homeless and low income people to come have a cup of coffee, a sandwich, read a magazine, play a game and take a break from the daily stress of their lives. The center also offers special events to help our guests have some normal life experiences like going to a baseball game, or decorating a Christmas tree with hand made ornaments. We also have an annual memorial service during Holy Week for all of our "friends" who have passed away during the past year. It is more than a handout, it is a community. Operation Nightwatch continues to expand to meet the needs of low income and homeless people in Portland, Oregon. They now have a new SE center and are looking for a church to partner with who has opened their parking lot to people living in their cars. The mobile center would provide bathrooms, showers and some basic cooking options for these families.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 10, 2011

Operation Nightwatch in Portland, Oregon provides services to some of our most marginalized residents including the homeless, low income seniors, those who are chronically mentally ill, alcoholic and drug addicts and disabled people. They provide a hospitality center 3 nights a week where people come to socialize, drink free coffee and lemonade, have a snack and seek advice. While there they can play board and card games, read, rest, visit. There are bathroom facilities they can use to clean up. There is also a mobile unit that goes out to an area known to have a large population of low income folks to provide simular services. There are also monthly outings to the beach, the mountains, a baseball game or other activity. Those events provide opportunities for recreation that are beyond the means of most or our guests. This program has been a stable resource in Portland for over 20 years. There is only one paid staff and over 100 volunteers Our motto is Keep the Light On!

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I have seen people who have come to us with very low esteem find the support and affirmation from the volunteers and the other guests to make changes in their lives that lead to stabile housing and jobs. We provide an avenue for creativity. The walls are adorned with original art and poetry. Many times, I have seen a homeless person turn down a bologna and cheese sandwich because they had eaten that day and someone else might need it more.

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I would double the number of volunteers and be open 7 nights a week. I would develop training resources so other communities could create their own Nightwatch. I would pass a law that everyone has a right to housing and food.

February 15, 2012

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February 15, 2012

I have regularly volunteered at Operation Nightwatch since 1993 and served on its Board of Directors since 2003. Our focus at Nightwatch is on hospitality for persons experiencing poverty and homelessness. We operate in the evening when most other social service agencies are closed. For all who are involved in Nightwatch, hospitality is both a means and an end. It is a means insofar as basic respect and caring can help give the people we serve, our guests, renewed strength and self confidence without which they cannot hope to address the condition of their lives. It is an end in itself because it affirms a sense of community and mutual caring that enriches human life.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I have been volunteering at Nightwatch since 1993 and been a board member since 2002. I value Nightwatch because it is about building relationships with people who for one reason or another have become socially marginalized. In an intensely individualistic and competitive society like ours some people inevitably find themselves cast aside either because of their own mistakes and bad choices or because of circumstances beyond their control or because of some combination of the two . Nightwatch accepts people as they are and invites them into a community in which they will be treated with respect so long as they respect others. By providing hospitality and breaking down social isolation Nightwatch can help people gain the strength they need to begin a process of recovery from the indignities of homelessness.

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I have seen individuals come out of their shells and become functioning members of the Nightwatch community.

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

We need to attract more financial support to insure that we can continue to provide our services.

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