Operation Nightwatch Portland
December 31, 2010
I had heard of Operation Nightwatch (ONW) when I first was called as Priest-in-charge of a Downtown Episcopal Parish in Portland. Members of our community have been making sandwiches every Wednesday to give them to Operation Nightwatch for their hospitality center guests. Just a few months ago, this fine organization had the rug pulled out from under them when the space they had be renting for their ministry was discontinued. St. Stephen's has always had a connection with ministry to those in our city who find themselves without a roof over their heads. ONW was offered office and hospitality space in our facility and it has been a wonderful experince of us; and I hope for them. Our building is bustleing with a ministry of hospitality and the good news of God's presence in all of our lives when we do what God has asked us to do; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and provide shelter to those without. I am deeply impressed with the folks who run this organization as well as those who serve as volunteers and those who come looking for a hand of friendship in an otherwise friendless world. Well Done ONW!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The way the guests who expereince the hospitality of ONW and are able to connect it to the Good News (or Gospel) giving them a renewed sense of thier dignity as a child of God. Some of the guests have come into our lives as a faith community and that has been a rare and wonderful gift.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help them to find a way to expand the services they offer to more nights in the week.
Professional with expertise in this field & I helped this organization find a "home" to be able to give assistance to help the homeless.