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"
Makeover Night in SE This Saturday
For the first time we're taking our Makeover Night out to the women at our SE Hospitality Center this Saturday, August 23.
Volunteers Allyson Famous and Susan Hoover have secured quite a collection of cosmetics, jewelry, scarves, and other accessories to provide a little specialness to our women guests who typically have very little opportunity to feel pampered.
Thanks to all who contributed to make it possible! We'll have pictures next week.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, Sept. 3
We will be holding our next 6-hour Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3.
NCIT offers approaches toward de-escalating situations of increased tension and teaches ways of intervening with an agitated individual so that nobody gets hurt--helpful not only for working at Nightwatch, but in any situation of potential conflict.
Additions to Wish List: Books & Playing Cards
The bookshelves of our lending library are becoming bare again, and decks of playing cards have disappeared to an extent that we'd appreciate any donations in those categories.
And should we mention blankets again? We haven't had any blankets for weeks and have had to turn many guests away who are sleeping outside with literally nothing to insulate them but the clothes they're wearing.