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  

PRM is a fantastic organization in every way. Their passion to help the homeless, hurting, and addicted is clearly observed throughout the organization. Not only does PRM treat those they serve well, but they also treat volunteers and employees in an outstanding way. They are continually looking to improve their services, as well as make them more efficient.

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Seeing continual improvement in the facilites of PRM.

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I would have to think about that one for a while...

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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In reponse to Carrie's review, what's most unfortunate is that the local media and the event organizer took this story to the market with only one side to the story. Portland Rescue Mission's decision to not partner with the Dec. 2010 "Queer Quistmas" was a sponsorship decision, not a decision to decline the much-needed and useful contribution of blankets and winter outerwear. We were willing to accept the donations, but the organizer chose to direct the gifts elsewhere (after taking his story to both TV and web). Fortunately, the donated coats still benefited the homeless people of the community who we serve everyday at Portland Rescue Mission. Our decision to decline the sponsorship was primarily based on the urgency of a decision (it was less than 3 weeks away) and our inability to provide all the benefits that the organizer/event would require. We regret the confusion that this issue has created in our local community and the greater community of LGBT concerns.

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I'm on staff with Portland Rescue Mission.

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Be more careful as we interact with potential partners to determine their true motives for offering support.

 
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