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"
Nightwatch Could Use Some Daytime Help
Nightwatch has no support staff. All of our personnel positions is defined by important organizational and supervisory responsibilities, and up to now, each staffer has had to assume his/her own correlative administrative duties.
This arrangement worked fine while Nightwatch remained small-scale. But with 5 sites now in operation, a budget that has grown substantially, and more clamoring for our services, our staff, while trying to be responsive, is being increasingly bogged down in mundane tasks, blunting its effectiveness. It's hard to write grant proposals when time is spent waiting in line at the post office!
So while "volunteer" in the past has typically meant someone who works in the evening at our Hospitality Centers, we could certainly use some daytime volunteers to help in some support tasks.
Do you have some daytime availability? What we could particularly use now are volunteers who can help us with clerical tasks (data entry, errand-running, correspondence, etc.), and handyman work (to fix little things that break, particularly on the Mobile Hospitality Center).
Find Your Way to "Find Your Way"
Back in August, our Downtown Hospitality Center was a venue for the Portland Film Festival, where our guests were treated to a special screening of a “Find Your Way,” a documentary on street musicians.
“Find Your Way,” by Brian Nunes, is now available to the public. It can be rented or purchased on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Day of Homelessness Awareness
The annual Day of Homelessness Awareness is this Friday, November 21. This year, the design is to have walkers walk in the steps of a homeless family through downtown Portland to experience their daily routines and struggles.
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter, 1838 SW Jefferson(click here for a map). The walk will the proceed to our own St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where Clay Street Table will host a hot breakfast. Following the breakfast will be a (optional) forum on “Creative Solutions to Homelessness” at First Unitarian Church (1034 SW 13th Ave.) from 9 AM to 1 PM.
All are invited to attend.