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.
Where Next for the Mobile Hospitality Center?
With the sweep of the Springwater Corridor, many of those we have been serving in SE have been scattered to other locations.
The Mobile Hospitality Center is constructed just for these situations. Given the fact it is not staked to any one place but is on wheels, it may move to meet needs wherever they may be.
Acting on various reports about where homeless clusters have arisen, we'll be going out to this week to the end of determining whether there is another spot we may offer our services through the MHC. (Click here for a related blogpost.) Should we find such a new site, our aim will be to take the MHC out on a Thursday evenings. This will not be at the expense of what the MHC is currently doing on Fridays. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AT OUR LONGSTANDING SITE NEAR THE FLAVEL MAX STATION ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.
We'll keep you updated as decisions are made and details are worked out.
Nightwatch to Be Featured in 2016 Give!Guide
We are happy to report that we have once again been chosen to be one of the 142 local non-profits to be featured in Willamette Week's annual holiday Give!Guide.
Almost 300 non-profits were considered, and Nightwatch was considered worthy enough to make the cut.
The Give!Guide campaign will begin in November and will extend through December 31.
Watch for it!
Blanket Bonanza Benefits Many
The 3000 blankets we received from the government this summer are receiving a wider distribution than merely through our Nightwatch outlets.
The blankets are designated "disaster blankets," and as homelessness is an ongoing disaster, we've been sharing them with other agencies addressing the need. The Clackamas Service Center, which hosts our SE Hospitality Center, has been given rights to access the shipping containers where the blankets are stored. We have also passed blankets along to Right 2 Dream Too. Finally, we have committed 200 blankets to the proposed new shelter that is to open at the Terminal 1 complex later this year.