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.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program Benefits Nightwatch
You can now help out Nightwatch every time you make a purchase at Fred Meyer. All you have to do is sign up for Freddie's Community Rewards program and link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Operation Nightwatch Portland at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. On the site you can either search for Operation Nightwatch by name or by our non-profit number: 84650
Once you've done that, you don't have to bother with anything else. Every time you shop at Freddie's and use your Rewards Card, a donation will automatically be sent to Nightwatch!
You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
The Changing of the Guard
This week Steve Hutchinson will be completing his year with us as our Downtown Program Coordinator. Stepping into the role with Steve's departure will be Christina Lefler.
Steve came to us through Jesuit Volunteer Corps, following in the footsteps of seven previous JVs who served as Program Coordinator. He will, however, be the last of a line. Christina was hired from the wider community and she comes to us with experience working with crisis lines and as a police dispatcher. She also has a background of interacting directly with those experiencing homelessness. In the fall she will be enrolled at Marylhurst University studying art therapy.
Steve has enlisted for a second year with Jesuit Volunteer Corps and has been assigned to a posting in Sitka, Alaska, to work with the developmentally disabled.
Steve's last night at the Downtown Hospitality Center will be this Saturday, July 23. Christina first night on duty will be Thursday, July 28.
Thanks, Steve, for a good year! And welcome, Christina!
A Big Thanks to Our Blanket Unloading Team!
Scratch "Blankets" from our Wish List! We now have 3000 of them stockpiled in a couple of shipping containers awaiting distribution.
When the blankets were on their way from Texas in a 53' semi-trailer, we were more than a little anxious. The livery company inquired whether we had a loading dock and/or a forklift to use in unloading. No, we replied, we only hope to have a group of people to manually do the task. The folks on the other end of the line were clearly not happy with that. "That could take hours," they said.
But arrival day came, and such a great crew of volunteers appeared on the scene that the entire process took only an hour. Even we were surprised at how well everything went.
So thanks to all our team who helped on that day! Because of your efforts, our guests now have blankets to last for a very long time.