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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: We share the Word of God and demonstrate the love of Christ to transform the lives of homeless and addicted people.

Results: Generous community support provides more than 330,000 meals a year and 82,000 nights of safe shelter to people in crisis. Hundreds of men, women and children are touched by our short- and long-term recovery programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and help them on their journey home.

Target demographics: Men, women and children suffering in homelessness, addiction, hunger and abuse.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 330,000 meals, 82,000 nights of shelter, hundreds of lives touched by our recovery programs

Geographic areas served: Portland, Oregon and southwest Washington

Programs: Portland Rescue Mission grew from a volunteer effort in 1949 to an organization today with more than 80 staff, more than 3,000 volunteers, an annual budget of $10 million, and three facilities focused on serving the needs of homeless people in the Portland area. 
The Burnside Shelter is a 35,000 square-foot landmark at the Burnside Bridge (111 W. Burnside) that gives hope to people in crisis. Generous community support provides food, shelter, 24/7 restrooms, clothing, showers, mail service and connection to area resources. Our New Life Ministries for men and women provide a yearlong residential program with addiction recovery, life skills and spiritual growth. The Harbor (10336 NE Wygent) houses up to 42 men. Shepherd's Door (13207 NE Halsey) houses up to 62 women and children. The Mission also includes our Drive Away Hunger car sales and donations program and Mission Bar-B-Que catering. Proceeds support all of our programs to give hope and restore life to hurting people in need.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Dave K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

working here is a grand experience. there is never a dull moment, and you're always being challenged to better yourself!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I've been working for Portland Rescue Mission's New life Ministry program for roughly a year. This is the third non-profit that I've been employed with in the last 12 years. Few people realize the degree to which non-profit's impact their city. The Portland Rescue Mission has been doing some heavy lifting including providing shelter, and two residential programs for men and women struggling with addiction. The Portland Rescue Mission is an iconic institution that has served the city of Portland for decades and has a reputation for delivering volumes of grace to the untouchable elements of our city. There are few organizations that have so closely aligned themselves with the teaching of Christ, and the ethic (or Spirit) that has brought "Goodwill to all mankind" not merely in word but in deed.

Angelique H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Angelique Hall, I'm a Community Life Specialist at Shepherd's Door. When I began working for The Portland Mission over a year ago I met a beautiful woman who came to Shepherd's Door in deep depression for help. She recently suffered the suicide of her father and was fighting thoughts of suicide herself. I'd never met a woman so broken and hopeless, truthfully I feared there was no hope for her. Today she has graduated from the program and is a completely transformed person from the woman I first met! She went from a hopeless and depressed woman to a woman full of the life! After she left the program we kept in contact, she is a constant reminder of the power God has to transform even the darkest of situations. It's a tremendous blessing to work for a program that helps women receive the tools they need to recover and live a hopeful and successful life!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have seen people's lives radically transformed through the programs and the caring staff at Portland Rescue Mission. I have worked here for 5 years and believe in the heart of this Mission to give hope and restore life. The staff are people of compassion and integrity. They have great wisdom and are willing to challenge men and women to take the next step forward.

This is an incredible place to volunteer at or work for. Portland Rescue Mission recently was named one of the "Best Christian Workplaces 2016"! If you don't know much about what Portland Rescue Mission does at their may locations, watch the video Relentless Compassion: A Day in the Life of Portland Rescue Mission.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In reponse to Carrie's review, what's most unfortunate is that the local media and the event organizer took this story to the market with only one side to the story. Portland Rescue Mission's decision to not partner with the Dec. 2010 "Queer Quistmas" was a sponsorship decision, not a decision to decline the much-needed and useful contribution of blankets and winter outerwear. We were willing to accept the donations, but the organizer chose to direct the gifts elsewhere (after taking his story to both TV and web). Fortunately, the donated coats still benefited the homeless people of the community who we serve everyday at Portland Rescue Mission. Our decision to decline the sponsorship was primarily based on the urgency of a decision (it was less than 3 weeks away) and our inability to provide all the benefits that the organizer/event would require. We regret the confusion that this issue has created in our local community and the greater community of LGBT concerns.

Review from Guidestar