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Operation Nightwatch Portland
October 18, 2012

I used to pass homeless people on the street and walk faster, turn the other cheek and pretend not to notice, I now realize how wrong I was in doing so. Operation Nightwatch is a beautiful organization that works to fight social isolation among Portland's homeless population. We offer basic services for health, nutrition and hygiene, but most of all we offer our time. A majority of people living on the street have no one to talk to, no one to listen to problems and stories, and no one to just carry a decent conversation with. Nightwatch offers a safe and hospitable environment for those in need. I have been a volunteer for about six months and in this time I have learned so much about the power of kindness, hospitality, and a simple smile.

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Quite well

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This experience opened my eyes to how dehumanized the homeless have become to society. I never really thought about the homeless as people with a past, present, and future as we all are. I feel that we often people just label a person homeless with no other thoughts or consideration. Coming here has made me happy. Happy to make others happy, but also the enjoyment I gain from coming here is invaluable to me. I have made friends here and among them I feel I can be truly myself just as they are with me. Its a beautiful thing to share with someone.