Programs: Blanchet house serves between 850-1100 free meals per day, six days a week, to the homeless, low income and working poor that call inner nw portland their home. Transitional housing is also provided for 48 men, who in addition to staying clean and sober while in the program, must also volunteer 6-7 hours per day six days a week helping prepare the meals in exchange for room and board. Many of the men are in early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol. Approximately $314,000 of donated food and clothing are received and distributed to the men with approximately 20,000 volunteers helping to serve the above mentioned meals during the year. The blanchet farm, located an hour away in carlton,or, is a 62 acre working farm that offers transitional housing to 22 men who must also remain clean and sober while in the program and must volunteer their time doing various chores in exchange for room and board. Aa and na meetings are held nightly.
I've had a chance to work at the Blanchet House a few times through the Hands On Portland website and this place is great. The staff that runs this operation day in and day out is great - they are concerned about the well being of those they serve and ensuring a positive experience for all. I have really enjoyed my time I've spent with them. The shelter is unique in making the individuals feel more like customers than an individual passing through a cafeteria line - this adds to their hospitality status. They bring the food to the client, the beverages are on the table - the client just comes in and gets food - similar to a restaurant style service. Having volunteered at other local shelters, this definitely adds to the organization and efficiency of the meal providing. Kudos to Blanchet!