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Operation Nightwatch Portland
October 2, 2012

As a 5 year volunteer at ONW, I can honestly say that I have been really blessed to serve as a hospitality minister to Portland's homeless. The unique vision to offer a sense of belonging, a home so to speak, is amazing to be a part of, as I see positive change in the lives of people who many write of as garbage. I feel absolutely safe and appreciated at ONW, but take very seriously our boundary rules not to form outside relationships with guests. As with anywhere, in a world where evil exists, we all need to find balance with compassion and common sense regarding safety, and make wise choices. As heart wrenching and tragic Niki's murder is, she acted unwisely and in clear violation of the boundaries set up to protect us. I pray Mark will be held accountable and for comfort for her family, as well as for the other volunteers to make better boundary choices, myself included. Nightwatch serves real need in our city in a very positive way; I highly recommend volunteering to experience it for yourself!!:)

The Great!

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

My increase in compassion for those living without homes, seeing firsthand the hope and positive change that happens just by caring; this goes beyond meeting practical needs such as handing out blankets and sandwiches; it heals the soul

Ways to make it better...

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

Offer more hygiene opportunities such as showers :)

More feedback

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

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

Have met many cool people, been stretched in my comfort zone in awesome ways, seen the power of Jesus as we love the unlovable :)!!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed!!! And useful...

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Ministered/listened to guests, served sandwiches, did makeovers for women.

Operation Nightwatch Portland
February 14, 2011

I have been volunteering at Operation Nightwatch, as a hspitality mininster, for 4 years now. It is an amazing ministry to the homeless in Portland and serving has been hugely rewarding, a true blessing for me as well. The unique vision of Nightwatch, focusing on community building, is wonderful. The guests and volunteers have truly become family to one another, and i am amazed at the ways this has broken barriers and led to deepened sense of self worth and belonging. The "gift" of acceptance and grace that we extend is a great complement to other focused rehab programs that some of our guests attend, and provides a safe space for those that are beyond realistic hope of reintegration. In serving Jesus in this way, I have personally been stretched and enriched in beautiful ways. I look forward to years of conintued involvement with nightwatch-and I can't say enough about our amazing director Gary Davis; his dedication is truly sacrificial, and all of our volunteers!

The Great!

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

seeing transformation in both the guests and volunteers who serve

Ways to make it better...

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

nothing comes to mind!!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteer Saturday evenings at the hospitality center, serving coffee, food and playing games/hanging out with our guests.

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