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"
Crowdfunding Update: We Made It!
In our efforts to raise $5000 by March 31 to purchase Backpack Beds, we have already overshot our goal with still a week to spare! Here's how we now stand:
Amount raised through Razoo: $2065
Amount raised through other venues: $3555
The guests at all our Hospitality Centers know of the campaign and are hoping we will raise enough to provide a Backpack Bed for all of them. Let's see how much more we can raise to see that possibility become a reality!
Razoo makes it easy. Keep spreading the word. Any amount helps!
Needed: Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
Following up on the "Spa Night" we held for our women guests in January, we hope to sponsoring an "Accessories Night" in the near future. This would be an opportunity for our women guests to feel a little special with small gifts to accent their appearance. We're looking for donations: if you have any items such as costume jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, hair items, etc., please send them our way!
Interested in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training?
We will be scheduling another Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training session in the near future, and would like to know whether you would be interested in attending.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training offers approaches toward de-escalating situations of increased tension and teaches ways of intervening with an agitated individual so that nobody gets hurt. We require the training for anyone who would like to join our Street Hospitality Teams, but it provides useful knowledge for a variety situations even outside of Nightwatch--how to verbally calm a fussy child or argumentative teenager, for instance.
The training requires a six-hour commitment.