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"
The Barista Extraordinaire
John Dunham, who could always be found at our Downtown Hospitality Center serving coffee to our guests, has finally decided to retire.
John has faithfully been at the coffee machine almost every night the Downtown Center has been open, ever since we moved in at St. Stephen's five years ago. (John ran the dishwasher, too.) He has certainly earned the break!
John has been a critical member of our team. We often said, "All the rest of us are dispensible, but we couldn't run without John." Now we're going to have to learn how to.
We'll still see John around. He'll be coming in to the Downtown Center as a coffee consumer, rather than a coffee-server. So the next time you see him, tip a cup of java to him and toast him for all his good work!
Portland Panty Project Off to Great Start
The Portland Panty Project, organized by volunteers Paige Sanders and Ashley Garber, has begun a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, and has already raised $885 toward its goal of $3000.
The aim of the PPP is to provide clean undergarments for homeless women, an oft-overlooked and -neglected segment of the homeless population.
As Program Coordinator, Steve's primary responsibility will be to supervise operations at our Downtown Hospitality Center. He will also develop special programming to address the needs and interests of our downtown guests.
Steve is a native Utahan who is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University. There he majored in sociology and minored in Christian Scripture. Among his interests are "playing and listening to music, spending time in nature, and sleeping in." (It may be that last interest--which he shares with our Assistant Director--that particularly drew him to Nightwatch.)
We look forward to the year ahead with Steve!