Operation Nightwatch is a non-sectarian night ministry of friendship and community
that has been serving Portland’s street population since 1981.
Whereas other agencies exist to provide services such as housing, food, and clothing to the homeless, low-income, and mentally ill, ONW’s unique vision is that these populations also suffer from simple social isolation. Our simple mission is to reach out to them, nurturing relationship.
We welcome each person who comes to us, just as they are. No one is required to conform to any particular belief or faith practice in order to receive our services.
VIDEO: "Introducing Operation Nightwatch"
Volunteers of the Year!
Sean Meehan and Jeff Kirchem have been chosen by the Nightwatch Board of Directors as 2014's Volunteers of the Year.
And those who have spent any time at our Downtown and SE Hospitality Centers will know exactly how deserved the honor for both of them is.
Sean is our nurse who practically single-handedly has breathed life into our health care program over the past year. In addition to building the program downtown so that we have nurses covering the Hospitality Center every night we're open, he has recruited nurses to also serve our guests in SE and North Portland.
As for Jeff, when guests come to our SE Hospitality Center, they come hungry. Jeff is the one who makes sure, week-after-week, that they are fed. Faithfully, Jeff serves as our SE cook, miraculously devising meals from the items he has available so that no one among the 100 or so who frequent our SE Center goes wanting.
Sean and Jeff will be honored at NightFest!, to be held on Monday, November 10, at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street in Portland, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m..
Need for Socks and Blankets
You've felt the chill in the night air. The seasons are changing.
Imagine sleeping outside. Imagine how difficult that would be especially without a blanket. Yet we are without blankets to give.
What's more, our supply of socks has dwindled so that we'll likely hand out our last pair this weekend. (We hand out about 50 pairs each week.)
We'd appreciate any donations made in this direction. You can donate blankets and socks directly to us. Or you can contribute to our "Blankets/Socks Fund" so we can order them in bulk. (We can order blankets for about $10/each and socks for $0.60/pair.)
Only a little investment can make someone else's life so much better.
Who Is Sir Dapper Dog?
Sir Dapper Dog is the handsome individual inviting everyone to this year's NightFest! on Monday, November 10. (He believes in keeping Portland weird.)
You'll want to put on your calendar. We'll be honoring the Volunteers of the Year. Furthermore, besides great food and live music, we'll have giveways, a raffle for an I-Pad, and a silent auction featuring some spectacular items.
In fact, some lucky person will have the opportunity to take Sir Dapper Dog hope with them! The poster comes from an original painting that will be auctioned off at NightFest!
That's something you won't want to miss.