PRM is a fantastic organization in every way. Their passion to help the homeless, hurting, and addicted is clearly observed throughout the organization. Not only does PRM treat those they serve well, but they also treat volunteers and employees in an outstanding way. They are continually looking to improve their services, as well as make them more efficient.
Portland Rescue Mission has been one of my most productive and rewarding volunteer experiences. I sense deeply the love and skill that go into caring for children and families and others who are in distress. Those who provide the services are highly motivated by a deep sense of Christian duty and service that helps them overcome any barriers that would normally separate them from those they serve. I have seldom seen the kind of sacrificial service provided by staff and volunteers at Portland Rescue Mission.
I have volunteered with Shepherd's Door, the women and children's recovery program at Portland Rescue Mission for many years. Over the years, I have seen many women graduate from the program, which addresses all aspects of recovery - from physical to emotional to spiritual. The program isn't rules based. Instead the staff and volunteers help teach the women and their children, through a grace and love filled approach, how to make the best choices to heal their families and build their futures. This approach seems to make the difference since so many of the women are successful at maintaining their sobriety and using their newfound life and job skills after graduation. It has been a privilege to be a small part of this work.
I love what this organization stands for, and believe in the work they are doing in the lives of men and women. What I love even more, is the way my life changes, after every interaction with this organization and the people they serve. When you volunteer, you expect to help someone else. What ends up happening, is you experience change in your own life, and come away feeling blessed. I am humbled to be able to serve these people who live a life that is so different than mine. I look forward all month to helping serve dinner on the last Friday of the month. I have been enough times that I am starting to recognize people, and get to know them. I feel like serving them is a small thing, compared to the difficulties they experience on a daily basis. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I really enjoy the staff and other volunteers at the Mission as well. Definitely a worthy place to donate your time and money!