My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Nightwatch Portland, Portland, OR, USA
I first began volunteering with Operation Nightwatch Portland about nine years ago. Going there made me nervous at first because I had not closely associated with people on the street before. On my third night of volunteering, the Director asked me to go outside and spend some time with a man who appeared to be too intoxicated to come in. I did. We talked. He told me that he knew alcohol was destroying his life, destroying his wife's liver. He knew he needed to quit but just couldn't. I kept telling him he could when he was ready. Then, we joined hands and prayed. I told him he could come in later after the alcohol had worn off a bit. He did. He gave me a pleasant smile and we talked a bit. We didn't see him for another three months. But then he came back to say that one night had turned his life around. He had checked himself into a treatment program the next day and had now been sober for over two months.
Since that time I have become involved in Operation Nightwatch on a weekly basis and lead a Sunday worship and meal (four years running) and weekly Bible study (nine months). I have the best conversations with people, conversations that I wish I could have at church. But then, this is church. It is our church together.