Portland Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 3713 Portland OR 97208 USA

Mission: We share the Word of God and demonstrate the love of Christ to transform the lives of homeless and addicted people.
Geographic areas served: Portland, Oregon and southwest Washington
Programs: Portland Rescue Mission grew from a volunteer effort in 1949 to an organization today with more than 70 staff, more than 1,000 volunteers, an annual budget of $8 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 houses more than 100 homeless guests and 25 residents who participate in recovery and education programs. 
Next Step (10336 NE Wigent) provides transitional housing and ongoing recovery for another 25 men, helping them make a successful transition back into society. More than 50 are at various stages of a long-term recovery program that advances new career and educational opportunities with the intention of transforming their lives for the better. 
Shepherd's Door (13207 NE Halsey), a shelter for women and children, houses more than 70 women and children, providing safe shelter, food, and recovery care. Its proven Life Skills training program and Children's Learning Center are on the cutting edge of women's and children's recovery care.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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?

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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.

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?

Life-changing

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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