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.
Volunteer Shortage Imperils Showers in SE
The showers we are able to offer to our guests on Saturdays at our SE Hospitality Center have been one of our most popular services.
However, we may have to eliminate offering showers simply because we haven't had enough volunteers lately in SE to supervise them. We need volunteers to step up to facilitate the shower vans, or else the disappoint amont our guests will be great.
In going out in Friday evenings, our Mobile Hospitality Center provides a vital service to the homeless in SE. (Take a look at the MHC at work.)
We're seeking to expand our pool of MHC drivers. A special license is not required. We will provide ample training. Driving is no great chore, as the spot where where we set up is only one mile from where we store the vehicle through the week. And by being part of a pool, you would be called upon to drive on only an occasional basis.
2016 Annual Report Now Available
Except it's actually more than an annual report.
Because our Executive Director, Gary Davis, will be retiring in June after ten years, this year's report reviews the entire decade he has been here. For those who are relatively new to Nightwatch, it can serve as something of a history lesson.
If you would like to read it, you can find it online by going to www.operationightwatch.org/ANNUAL_REPORT_16.pdf.