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"
Nightwatch Receives Peace & Humanitarian Award
Operation Nightwatch as been chosen as this year’s recipient of the annual Peace and Humanitarian Award given by the Wholistic Peace Institute.
Based in Portland, the Wholistic Peace Institute holds regular World Peace Conferences featuring Nobel Peace Laureates who help others to focus their creativity on solving the world’s most violent-prone problems. As its core values, the Institute holds a reverence for all life, compassion, forgiveness, and the belief that non-violence is the only practical goal for the people of the earth. In addition to its World Peace Conferences it offers classes in mediation, dialogue, and Peace Studies, and serves as a resource for those engaged in world peace activities.
Got Goodies? Share Them With the Christmas Partiers in SE!
The holiday season is approaching, which for many of us is a season of surrounding ourselves with loved ones, sharing meals and traditions, and enjoying the comforts of home and family. For many other people, including those who don’t have housing or connections with loved ones, the holidays can be a tough and lonely time. Here at Nightwatch, we try to provide a place for people to call home and a community for people to call family year round, but especially so around the holidays.
Imagine this: Our guests file through the door of the Clackamas Service Center, wet from the rain, fingers numb from the cold. As they walk in, they are greeted with the bright warmth of holiday decorations and Christmas music playing in the background. As the night progresses, they have their portrait taken, are given a Christmas Stocking filled with goodies like hats and toiletries, and enjoy a warm meal. Then, as the Karaoke Machine gets fired up, our volunteers usher out an array of home-made desserts. There are homemade pumpkin and apple pies, decorated Christmas cookies, homemade cinnamon rolls, just like Grandma used to make them! For a moment, our guests can forget the circumstances that brought them to us, and enjoy the comfort and warmth of the holiday season.
This year, we are throwing our Christmas Party at the Southeast Hospitality Center on December 14th. We will be taking pictures for our guests to share with their family and friends, singing karaoke, and playing Christmas Bingo. But, one thing still seems missing… Where is the personal touch?
We understand that the Christmas Season is a busy time for all of us. Volunteering around this time of year may not be practical, as we are attending to the hustle of bustle of the season. Instead, why don’t you consider sharing a family recipe with your neighbors by dropping off a dessert to the Service Center on the 14th? It is a simple yet powerful way to share the love this holiday season, and it would really help make our Christmas Party a memorable experience this year.
Thank you for your help, we can’t wait to see what you all cook up!
Give!Guide's Schedule of Incentive Days Includes Many Great Premiums
To boost participation in Willamette Week's Give!Guide campaign between now and Christmas, we have put together a great schedule of Incentive Days--at least two a week!
Just contribute $10 or more to Operation Nightwatch on an Incentive Day and be entered into a drawing for that day's prize. Enter on as many days as you like!
Here's the full schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 19: $100 New Seasons gift certificate + bottle of premium Oregon wine
*Thursday, Nov. 21: Ice Cream party for 200 of your friends courtesy of Salt & Straw
Tuesday, Nov. 26: $25 gift certificate for Otto’s Sausage Kitchen + two bags of whole been coffee from First Cup Coffee
*Tuesday, Dec. 3: Trek Allant 7 bike courtesy of Bike Gallery
Thursday, Dec. 5: $25 gift certificate from Sizzle Pie & $25 gift certificate for True Brew Coffee
Tuesday, Dec. 10: $100 makeover at Anastasia Salon
*Thursday, Dec. 12: A case of distilled spirits courtesy of Rogue Distillery
Tuesday, Dec. 17: $100 New Seasons gift certificate + bottle of premium Oregon wine
Thursday, Dec. 19: Weekend cabin on Puget Sound (sleeps 16)
* Give!Guide-wide drawing. Remaining drawings are limited to those to donate thru Give!Guide to Operation Nightwatch