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"
Would You Like to Join Our Tuna Team?
We will soon be reorganizing our Tuna Team, that group of volunteers that provides tuna sandwiches for our downtown Hospitality Center. Team members work on weekly rotation, so any one member only has the responsibility for sandwich-making every 6-7 weeks. Sandwiches are typically made at home, and can either be dropped off or we can pick them up. We can even provide the supplies or reimburse team members for expenses.
Downtown Center Adopts Summer Hours
Beginning July 1st, we will be adopting “summer hours” at our Downtown Hospitality Center, meaning that instead of running from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. we will be closing an hour earlier at 10:00 p.m.
If you’ve been thinking of volunteering, but the thought of staying until 11 seemed too daunting, this is your chance. We’ll be observing this truncated schedule through July and August.
In going out in Friday evenings, our Mobile Hospitality Center provides a vital service to the homeless in SE. (An article in Sunday's Oregonian described the homeless problem along the Springwater Corridor, which is exactly where we serve.)
We're seeking to expand our pool of MHC drivers. A special license is not required. We will provide ample training. Driving is no great chore, as the spot where where we set up is only one mile from where we store the vehicle through the week. And by being part of a pool, you would be called upon to drive on only an occasional basis.