Portland Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 3.86 stars   14 reviews


PO Box 3713 Portland OR 97208 USA


We share the Word of God and demonstrate the love of Christ to transform the lives of homeless and addicted people.


Generous community support provides more than 330,000 meals a year and 82,000 nights of safe shelter to people in crisis. Hundreds of men, women and children are touched by our short- and long-term recovery programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and help them on their journey home.

Target demographics:

Men, women and children suffering in homelessness, addiction, hunger and abuse.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

330,000 meals, 82,000 nights of shelter, hundreds of lives touched by our recovery programs

Geographic areas served:

Portland, Oregon and southwest Washington


Portland Rescue Mission grew from a volunteer effort in 1949 to an organization today with more than 80 staff, more than 3,000 volunteers, an annual budget of $10 million, and three facilities focused on serving the needs of homeless people in the Portland area. 
The Burnside Shelter is a 35,000 square-foot landmark at the Burnside Bridge (111 W. Burnside) that gives hope to people in crisis. Generous community support provides food, shelter, 24/7 restrooms, clothing, showers, mail service and connection to area resources. Our New Life Ministries for men and women provide a yearlong residential program with addiction recovery, life skills and spiritual growth. The Harbor (10336 NE Wygent) houses up to 42 men. Shepherd's Door (13207 NE Halsey) houses up to 62 women and children. The Mission also includes our Drive Away Hunger car sales and donations program and Mission Bar-B-Que catering. Proceeds support all of our programs to give hope and restore life to hurting people in need.

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Reviews for Portland Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Portland Rescue Mission has been one of my most productive and rewarding volunteer experiences. I sense deeply the love and skill that go into caring for children and families and others who are in distress. Those who provide the services are highly motivated by a deep sense of Christian duty and service that helps them overcome any barriers that would normally separate them from those they serve. I have seldom seen the kind of sacrificial service provided by staff and volunteers at Portland Rescue Mission.

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

my numerous visits as I have served as a volunteer over several years and have developed good relationships with staff members and clients, especially those in residence.

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

I am unaware of any areas where change is needed, but if I had large sums of money, I would not at all be reluctant to be a far more generous giver of my resources to support this very important and successful work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Truly, there is no change which I see possible to make being a volunteer there more pleasant or rewarding

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely providing new friendships that have been surprisingly valuable to me. Just yesterday I brought a substantial amount of food to the Mission, immediately to find the warmth of the friendships I enjoy there as people welcomed me and responded with much gratitude.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Inevitably, much appreciated, gratefully received, and uplifted by the experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with Shepherd's Door, the women and children's recovery program at Portland Rescue Mission for many years. Over the years, I have seen many women graduate from the program, which addresses all aspects of recovery - from physical to emotional to spiritual. The program isn't rules based. Instead the staff and volunteers help teach the women and their children, through a grace and love filled approach, how to make the best choices to heal their families and build their futures. This approach seems to make the difference since so many of the women are successful at maintaining their sobriety and using their newfound life and job skills after graduation. It has been a privilege to be a small part of this work.

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

Through the training that Portland Rescue Mission provides to teach the volunteers how to understand and aid in the the recovery process with the women and children, I have learned to understand more about myself and how my life experiences have changed me. Caring for such a diverse group of children has helped me understand more about children's development and ways to draw each child out and help them grow. This has spilled over into other work I do with children.

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

let people know how rewarding working with the kids is, so that there might be a larger group of volunteers willing to do regular work with the kids and be able to give the moms more breaks.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I love what this organization stands for, and believe in the work they are doing in the lives of men and women. What I love even more, is the way my life changes, after every interaction with this organization and the people they serve. When you volunteer, you expect to help someone else. What ends up happening, is you experience change in your own life, and come away feeling blessed. I am humbled to be able to serve these people who live a life that is so different than mine. I look forward all month to helping serve dinner on the last Friday of the month. I have been enough times that I am starting to recognize people, and get to know them. I feel like serving them is a small thing, compared to the difficulties they experience on a daily basis. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I really enjoy the staff and other volunteers at the Mission as well. Definitely a worthy place to donate your time and money!

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

the lives of many people I attend church with. I have seen the work they have done bearing great results, that may not have otherwise occurred without the Mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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