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.
SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR 2016 OUTINGS
Over the past year, our Board of Directors has been evaluating the literal value of outings. Because costs have skyrocketed, we have not been able to afford as many outings, nor take along as many people on what few outings we do have. Whereas ten years ago we may have been able to take 15 people on an outing for $150, we’ve lately only been able to take only half that number at half-again the amount. And once-upon-a-time, our annual spiritual retreat carried a cost of $600; now we can’t carry it off without spending at least $1800.
In 2016, we’d like at least to do the spiritual retreat and our annual beach trip. If we get money donated to afford more outings, we will do more.
So we welcome your contributions. Unlike prior years, we will not be soliciting sponsors for individual outings. Instead we simply ask your support of our “Outings Fund.” With the spiritual retreat as our priority, we will seek to fund that first, and once its expenses are made, we will funnel donations to a beach trip. Even more donations, and we’ll plan for more outings.
You can contribute either by sending us a check designated for “Outings,” or by making an online donation by clicking the "Donate Now" button. When asked, “Is there a special way you would like to direct your donation,” simply use the drop-down menu to click the “Outings Fund.”
HERE COME THE CHRISTMAS PARTIES!
On Friday, December 18, we will be hosting the Christmas Party during our regular 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Center hours downtown. On Saturday, December 19, we will then be celebrating with the guests at our SE Hospitality Center from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The downtown party will be hosted by our Board of Directors. All volunteers and Nightwatch supporters are invited to attend as the Board’s guests, and to enjoy the evening with Nightwatch friends.
(We welcome any contributions to offset expenses. Simply designate “Christmas Party” on any donations.)
Local Bands Battle It Out to "Keep Portland Warm," Dec. 6
Alder Street Records and RLM Entertainment have put together the first annual "Keeping Portland Warm" event to collect blankets, coats, and warm clothing for Nightwatch on December 6.
If you're a party person, put it on your calendar. If you're not, we still need blankets, so however you can help in that regard would be most welcome.