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.
Memoir About Nightwatch Published
Those who only know the "lite" version of Nightwatch history believe Gary Vaughan was its first Executive Director. That's technically not true. When Nightwatch first started, there was an initial period when the brand new Nightwatch Board needed to conduct a job search to fill the post. In the meantime, a man by the name of Dean Jones filled the role of Acting Executive Director.
Dean ran Operation Nightwatch in Seattle, from which our founders drew their inspiration. For about six months or so, Dean was willing to commute from Seattle to oversee activities in Portland too.
Dean has just published a memoir which talks a lot about his experiences with Nightwatch both in Seattle and Portland. It is entitled Violence, Homelessness and Running. You can check out more details (and place an order) by going to Amazon.
The Saga of the Little Red Car
In October, 2015, my beloved Honda Civic (which I had purchased new in 1994) was stolen. I made a police report, but when I hadn't heard anything from the police in a couple of months I had considered it gone for good. My grieving over, I bought another car.
A couple of weeks the police called. After 15 months the little red car had been found. But what was I going to do with it now? I didn't need another car.
I decided to give it to Nightwatch. Yes, it is possible to do that. We have the ability to have donated vehicles towed away and auctioned with the proceeds coming back to Nightwatch. There is no expense and very little hassle for the donor. Five minutes of paperwork and a tow truck will appear to take the vehicle away.
Moreover, we can accept donations of recreational vehicles and boats, too. And the vehicle can be in any condition--it doesn't even have to run!
So if you've got some kind of vehicle you don't know what to do with, get in contact with us. We'll help you put things in motion (so to speak) to see it go to something good.
WANTED: Executive Director
With the pending retirement of our current Executive Director at the end of June, Operation Nightwatch's Board of Directors is mounting a search for a successor.
To see the general job posting, you may click here.
To see the official job description, please click here.