Operation Nightwatch Portland
February 14, 2011
I have been volunteering at Nightwatch since 1993 and been a board member since 2002. I value Nightwatch because it is about building relationships with people who for one reason or another have become socially marginalized. In an intensely individualistic and competitive society like ours some people inevitably find themselves cast aside either because of their own mistakes and bad choices or because of circumstances beyond their control or because of some combination of the two . Nightwatch accepts people as they are and invites them into a community in which they will be treated with respect so long as they respect others. By providing hospitality and breaking down social isolation Nightwatch can help people gain the strength they need to begin a process of recovery from the indignities of homelessness.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen individuals come out of their shells and become functioning members of the Nightwatch community.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
We need to attract more financial support to insure that we can continue to provide our services.
Board Member & I volunteer regularly in the hospitality center and serve on the board.