How to Donate Blankets, coats, clothes, and  food…

Through February 1st 2010, Multnomah County is making it easier to donate coats, blankets, clothes and food. Clothes and blankets go to the Goose Hollow Family Shelter, and Daybreak Shelter programs. Food will go to the Oregon Food Bank.

Here are TEN MORE LOCATIONS around the Metro area where anyone who cares can drop off donations: Gresham at 600 NE 8th Ave.; Midland Library at 805 SE 122nd Ave.; Mid-County Health Center at 12710 SE Division St.; Lincoln Building (downtown) at 421 SW Oak St.; Hillsdale Library at 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.; Southeast Health Center at 3653 SE 34th Ave.; North Portland Health Clinic at 9000 N Lombard St.; Library Administration at 205 NE Russell St.; Donald Long Juvenile Justice Center at 1401 NE 68th Ave.; and the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Online Guide to Services:

Street Roots has a comprehensive online Guide to Services called The Rose City Resource Guide. It is NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE as well! See,

There’s also a comprehensive online Resource Guide that’s maintained by Love Makes a Family of Portland.

Portland Area Assistance Programs –

Food Pantries, Dining Halls, Health Care, & Help with Basic Needs:

–> The Oregon Food Bank has organized a system of emergency food distribution called, “Community Basket.” This network of pantries is run as a partnership among its members, participating donor organizations, and the Food Bank. One can donate, volunteer, or become a member and receive food at any of about a dozen Metro area food distribution pantries.

–> Oregon Helps is a multi-lingual, online service sponsored by Multnomah County, which helps direct people to all kinds of assistance, and makes it simple to know ahead of time what they may be qualified for. Help with food, housing, taxes, senior and disability issues, etc.

–> St. Vincent de Paul: (Catholic ministry) downtown offers some of the most wide ranging help for the poor fond among local churches. Food, clothing, rent and utilities assistance are all offered when available. Volunteers and donations always welcome.

–> Project Summer: Free Meals in Oregon for Kids and Teens is a program sponsored by the USDA and various participating local organizations. They serve lunches at various locations around the Metro area.

–> Sunnyside Methodist Church in cooperation with Metanoia Peace Community serves a ‘hard times supper’ — open especially to the homeless — every Wednesday at 6 pm at Sunnyside Church at 3520 SE Yamhill Street. See,

–> St. Francis Dining Hall – a program of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic community, located at SE 11th and Oak Streets (just north of Stark). A very hospitable place for homeless people to hang out, with meals served M-F at 5:30, and Sun. 3:30 pm. Free loaves of day old bread is usually available for ‘take out’. Clothing distribution regularly. They also have a visiting nurse on site every ?. . . from . . ? to ?. . pm.

–> Anawim Christian Community (Steve Kimes, Pastor) is grassroots Mennonite outreach ministry especially for homeless people. They have musical church services and a meal on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – at three different locations. They also offer showers and clothing when available.

–> Grace Memorial Episcopal Church at NE 17th & Weidler, offers a meal free to the public every Friday at 6 pm. They also give out sack lunches on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 11 am to 1 pm.

–> Blanchet House at the western base of the Steel Bridge – 340 NW Glisan St. – serves hundreds of supper-time meals daily. They’re in a small space, and sometimes there’s a long line. They also house about 30 men in recovery, and host open AA and NAA groups. See also Blanchet Farm, below (re Recovery).

–> Potluck In The Park has for many years been serving meals every Sunday at 3 pm (rain or shine) – lately always at O’Bryant Park, SW 9th & Washington.

–> Food Not Bombs has potluck gatherings at various parks on most days of the week (not year-round at all locations). Some excellent foods are shared, including lots of vegan dishes. The longest running gathering is at the Waterfront Park under the west side of the Burnside Bridge, Saturdays at 5:30 pm. For a complete listing of wheres and whens, see, (Note: this is not a ‘certified’ food distribution program according to the County, but no health complaints have ever been registered either)

–> Portland Yard Sharing – is not a free meal, but helps make connections for growing good food! Helps hook landless folks up with those with yards open to gardening. See,

–> Portland Fruit Tree Project – is not a free meal, but helps make connections for growing and harvesting fruit that might otherwise go unharvested. A big help to the Food Bank and local pantries. See,

–> Urban Gleaners – Their mission is “to help alleviate hunger by collecting food that would be thrown away and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry.” See,

–> METRO’s List … Metro is our elected regional government in the Portland Metro area. They have complied a long LIST of organizations that conduct food recovery and redistribution. Metro helps to coordinate their efforts in various ways. Many of the organizations listed have ongoing free meal programs and pantry outlets open to the public. See,

Please write to us with information about other Programs which help to feed the hungry!!

Meal Coupons and Vouchers:

Kept in your pocket while out walking, these ‘meal tickets’ can be very helpful to those who are too often asked by street people for money.

Among those available…

Sisters of the Road Cafe sells Meal Coupons to the public for $2 — each good for a meal and a drink there. Meals are served by volunteers and barter-exchange workers at the Cafe (NW 6th & Davis) Mon. thru Fri., 10 am – 3 pm. These Meal Coupons can be bought at the Cafe, or ordered online. ‘Sisters’ also offers mailbox services and other help through their cool new ‘Hospitality Center,’ also at NW 6th & Davis.

Portland Rescue Mission issues free ‘Vouchers’ (no cash value) which just explain where the Mission is located, and when /what kinds of services are available through the Mission. Their services include breakfast and dinner, mailbox services, and referrals to other helping agencies. These Vouchers can be obtained free at the Mission (at 111 W. Burnside St.) or printed off from their webpage. The Mission’s services are ‘free’ to the public, supported through our donations.
Xyz issues vouchers . . .

(NOTE: This Committee would like to hear more about available meal ticket and voucher systems, so that we can tell folks about them. Please write to us with info. about other programs)

Housing, Temporary Shelter Programs, and Hospitality Centers in Portland:

-> 24-Hour Shelter Referrals call 211 or (503) 222-5555

-> Child Abuse Reporting: Phone 503 731 3100

-> Portland Women’s Crisis: Phone 503 235 5333

-> JOIN – “connecting the street to a home,” they have helped hundreds to get housed. JOIN has had success even with chronically homeless, and has managed high housing retention rates among those they have helped. They also operate a Day Center, which helps with showers, storage, laundry vouchers, etc.
3338 SE 17th Avenue * (503) 232-2031 (their offices are soon moving, we believe)

-> Transition Projects, Inc. (T.P.I.) – is a major local provider of housing, plus help with recovering lost I.D.’s, clothing, hygiene, etc. (WARNING: WAITING LISTS)

-> Central City Concern – a major local provider of housing, plus help with recovery . . . (WARNING: WAITING LISTS)
Housing and Resident Services – 523 NW Everett – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 525-8483

-> Salvation Army – West Women’s Shelter – serves homeless victims of domestic violence
P.O. Box 2398, Portland, OR 97208 * (503) 224-7718

-> YWCA Greater Portland Oregon – serves homeless families and women.
1111 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 * (503) 294-7400 or (503) 988-4763

-> Bradley-Angle House – serving women and children escaping domestic violence.
P.O. Box 14694, Portland, OR 97293 * (503) 232-7812

-> Day Break Family Shelter Network – is operated currently by Multnomah County and ‘Human Solutions’, coordinating the participation of several Portland area faith ministries to provide temporary shelter and support services to women and families – primarily in SE Portland. For more information call (503) 226-2280 or (503) 256-2280. See,

Day Break Network Participants (rotating) include:

Ascension Catholic Church
7507 SE Yamhill, Portland 97215

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
3910 SE 11th Ave., Portland OR 97202

Bennett Chapel United Methodist Church
13047 SE Ramona, Portland 97236

Cherry Park United Methodist Church
1736 SE 106th Ave., Portland 97216

Montavilla United Methodist Church
232 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97215

Tongan Fellowship of the Untied Methodist Church
4600 SE 97th, Portland 97266

East County Church of Christ
24375 SE Stark, Gresham 97030

Faith United Methodist Church
27400 SE Stark, Troutdale 97060

Eastrose Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1133 NE 181st, PO Box 298, Gresham, 97030

Gresham United Methodist Church
620 NW 8th, Gresham, 97030

Havurah Shalom
825 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
11560 SE Market, Portland, 97216

St. Timothy Lutheran Church
14500 SE Powell, Portland 97236

Metro Church of Christ
1525 NW Division, Gresham 97030

Parkrose United Methodist Church
11111 NE Knott, Portland 97220

Resurrection Lutheran Church
1700 NE 132nd, Portland 97230

Gateway Baptist Church
13300 NE San Rafael St., Portland OR 97230

Rose City Park United Methodist
5830 NE Alameda, Portland 97213-3426

Fremont United Methodist Church
2620 NE Fremont, Portland, 97212

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal
1704 NE 43rd, Portland 97213

St. David’s Episcopal Church
2800 SE Harrison, Portland 97214

All Saints Catholic Church
3847 NE Glisan, Portland OR 97232

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens, Portland, 97214

St. Ignatius Catholic Church
3400 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
2408 SE 16th, Portland 97214

Waverly Heights United Church of Christ
3300 SE Woodward, Portland 97202

Peace Church of the Brethren
12727 SE Market, Portland 97233

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
9800 SE 92nd, Portland 97266

PDX Bible Church
14950 SE Gladstone, Porltand OR 97236

-> Albina Ministerial Alliance – administers several programs to help families and individuals with emergency shelter, day care, case management, low-income assistance and homelessness prevention programs. Serves especially North and NE Portland. Call (503) 2850493 or visit 2333 N Williams Ave., Portland. AMA apparently has no website of their own which we could find. Let us know if there is one!  But see,

-> Dignity Village – they often have temporary room for extra campers. D.V. is less a ‘program’ than an evolving intentional community of campers, ‘squatting’ with permission on City land, and supported largely by donations. D.V. is a great experiment, having been through lots of trial and error. There are many years of practical experience among their residents having to do with homelessness. D.V.’s self-government model has many good features. D.V. is sometimes called, “the longest ongoing protest in Portland concerning the plight of the homeless.” The encampment has been a focal point of activist involvement, and has attracted support from a large pool of talented permaculturalists.

-> DayWatch and NightWatch – an ecumenical ministry which operates a hospitality center called ‘Julia West House’. Located at 522 SW 13th Ave., they’re open to everyone — 6 days (Mon.-Sat. 6:30am to 3:30pm), and weekend evenings (Thur.-Sat.). No overnight shelter. (503) 220-0438

-> Friendly House – is administering three programs: Rapid Re-Housing Northwest Transitional Housing, and Homes Not Beds, to help families to get and stay housed. Also manages a community center with activites of every kind at 2617 NW Savier St. Call (503) 228-4391 for more info.

–> Rose Haven – a hospitality and protection program for women and children in the City Center, close-in NW.   Call (503) 248-6364‎. See,

–> Share House – shelter, meals and support in Vancouver, WA. Located at 1115 W 13th St Vancouver, WA 98660. Call (360) 695-7345‎.  See,

Health Care, Mental Health Care, and Addiction Recovery Programs:

–> Oxford House – addiction recovery homes
–> The Salvation Army — programs of every kind!
–> Blanchet Farm — a Christian,12 Step-focused residential work program (green is good!) with a very successful recovery rate. Located near Newburg,
–> CENTRAL CITY CONCERN — administers various programs, including outpatient treatment, and CHIERS mobile service that will help people to detox.
– – Chiers mobile/ Hooper DETOX Center – 20 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. – Portland, OR 97232 – (503) 238-2067
– – CCC Recovery Center (CCCRC) – 726 W. Burnside – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 944-4410
– – Old Town Clinic (general health needs) – 727 W. Burnside – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 228-4533
–> Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. – serving homeless and low income individuals and families suffering addictions or mental illness.
2130 SW 5th Ave. #210, Porltand, OR * (503) 238-0769

–> Alano Club, Portand – hosts 13 different 12 Step Recovery Groups, and provides other support and educational services.
Housed in a large old mansion at 909 NW 24th Avenue, Portland. Call (503) 222-5756 for more info.

Local Work Programs:

(write with more suggestions, please!)

–> Central City Concern offers possible employment in:
Janitorial Services, CLEAN + SAFE, and Painting. Sign up at 118 NW 3rd Ave – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 467-4630.

–> VOZ Program (St. Francis Church SE 12th & Oak) refers people to their Day Labor Site at 240 NE MLK Blvd., Portland.
Call (503) 234-2043 or (503) 752-3619
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–> Goodwill Industries is actually doing pretty well during this economic downturn. Seems they usually have room for more workers.

–> Human Solutions offers employment training services.  Jobs are few, but training can help.

–> (NOTICE:  a NEW ‘GREEN-WORK-FOCUSED’ SECTION is now being worked on!  Please write us with info./ suggestions!)

National, Regional, and other inspiring non-local Organizations which Help the Homeless:

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)

Take Back the Land (a growing Movement to put houseless people back into empty, foreclosed-upon houses)

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Community Food Security Coalition

Kiva – Loans that change lives (micro-finance, small business capital)

Growing Home (a Chicago nonprofit which runs an organic agriculture business, providing job training and connections for homeless people)

The Garden Project (a San Francisco nonprofit which provides counseling and teaches former prisoners to grow vegies for seniors and low income families)

Street Sense (Washington D.C.’s version of a Street Roots newspaper)

Real Change News (Seattle’s version of a Street Roots newspaper)

Street Spirit: Justice News & Homeless Blues (= The Quakers’ effort to help the homeless)

Portland’s City Government Efforts to Help End Homelessness:

The City of Portland and Multnomah County’s Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness (CCEH) is administered through the City’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development (BHCD), which is now under the leadership of Commissioner Nick Fish.

The CCEH meets monthly, and meetings are open to the public.

The CCEH’s Next meeting:

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 3:00 to 5:00pm

This will be public input meeting the state of the Ten Year Plan (we’re in year 6).

at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Room 202. (Goose Hollow neighborhood, a mile south of PGE Park)

The CCEH’s next meeting after that will be:

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 3:00-5:00pm, at the same location, Room 202

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Chang, Program Coordinator,
(503) 823-2391,


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NOTICE: THIS PAGE IS STILL IN PROGRESS – please check back soon.

And please feel free to send any additional info. which you may think should be included here!!!* * *


The G.R.O.W.S. Initiative
P.O. Box 3482
Portland, OR 97208


4 Responses to “Resources and Help Connections”

  1. This site is awesome! What a wonderful resource. I will post this to my advocacy group.

  2. Thanks, Steve. I very much enjoyed your worship service (and the good food) the last time I attended.

  3. kmcdade said

    New free meal program: Parkrose United Methodist Church, monthly on the last Thursday:

    • This is the kind of resource I tried to build when I was supervisor of Holgate Branch Library, then of Gregory Heights Branch and then of the Book Transit station at the Belmont Branch. At the latter, each morning I had to wake the homeless men who slept, with their dogs, in the little sheltered outside walkway. The last day before the T-Branch building was demolished, I sent the three folks on their way with as many places as I could find as an alternative sleeping place. They would not stay anywhere that would not take their dogs.

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