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.
Mental Health Initiative Launches, March 1
To anyone who has volunteered at our Hospitality Centers it is readily apparent that mental illness is a issue among many living on the streets. Because of the particular struggles mental illness pose, they make our efforts to serve them all-the-more complicated.
The Nightwatch Mental Health Initiative is the name we've given to our effort to bring mental health professionals on-site, just like we have nurses on-site, to addess the needs of our guests during the hours our Hospitality Centers are open.
We are grateful to have received a grant from The Collins Foundation to help put this program in place. However, to meet the program's full costs, we are launching a We welcome all contributions, of any amount. In crowdfunding, a "crowd" contributing a lot of small donations shows what power it has working together to do great things. Click here to go to our crowdfinding site on Razoo to learn more and make a contribution. And if you see the importance of serving the mental health needs of our guests, pass info about the site to your friends, too!
We welcome all contributions, of any amount. In crowdfunding, a "crowd" contributing a lot of small donations shows what power it has working together to do great things.
Click here to go to our crowdfinding site on Razoo to learn more and make a contribution. And if you see the importance of serving the mental health needs of our guests, pass info about the site to your friends, too!
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IS COMING
At a recent workshop on non-profit fundraising the leader was asked, “How many times should we approach people about money during the year? Her response: “Probably more than you’re doing, but less than OPB!”
Nightwatch actually runs only two major fundraising campaigns during the year. The first is in November-December as we participate in Willamette Week’s GiveGuide campaign.
The other is our annual campaign in May, as we seek to tie together financial ends as the completion of one fiscal year, and look forward to funding our outreach for another.
So you’ll be hearing from us in May. And if your habit is to make your contribution to Nightwatch at some other time of year (e.g., December), fret not. We still will welcome your donation then.
HELP WANTED: Mental Health Specialist
Operation Nightwatch is seeeking a paid Mental Health Specialist to serve at its Downtown Hospitality Center from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the evenings it is open (Thursday/Friday/Saturday).
Compensation is $22.00/hr.
For a fuller description of the position, including qualifications and responsibilities, please click here.