Mission: Operation Nightwatch is an ecumenical night ministry providing hospitality to promote dignity and community among Portland's neediest.
Results: This year, over 13,000 visits have been made by guests to our downtown or Mobile Hospitality Centers, where we have provided the warmth of human connection along with food, blankets, and warm clothing.
Target demographics: homeless and low-income adults in the Portland, OR, metro area
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400+
Geographic areas served: Metropolitan Portland, OR
Programs: Weekend Hospitality Center
Mobile Hospitality Center
Street Hospitality Teams
Comedy Movie Nights
Sunday worship services
Weekly Bible Studies
Monthly day-trips to parks, museums
Annual Spiritual Retreat
Annual Christmas Party
Annual Memorial Service
Nightwatch is wonderful. I've been coming for three years now, and am an active member in the homeless community, both as a guest and as a volunteer. Nightwatch gives me a place to socialize with friends who sleep outside, as well as make new ones who do not. I enjoy the fact that I can come here, be myself, and accepted as that person, even on my bad days. I can talk to people whose concerns are not 'where shall I sleep tonight?' or 'Which line will I stand in to eat?'
Gary is a wonderful organizer, and has the interests of the guests of Nightwatch in mind with every decision he makes. The volunteers are wonderful, and many have been coming for far longer than I have.