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.
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!
Though Nightwatch is a single organization, it sometimes feels like we have two faces: there's the Downtown Nightwatch, and there's Nightwatch in SE.
The constituents of each Nightwatch--both guests and volunteers-- may have a vague sense that the other exists, but what exactly the other is like may elude them.
Well, here's good news (at least for the Downtown folks)! We now have a professionally produced video created by Blackstone Edge Studios that shows in less than two minutes what Mobile Hospitality Center is all about. You can access it on YouTube by clicking here.
The MHC goes out every Friday night to serve folks in SE along the Springwater Corridor. If you've been a Downtown volunteer and are intrigued enough by what you see in the video to volunteer a night with the MHC, just let us know.
As for our folks in SE . . .
We'll work on getting something similar put together about what goes on Downtown so you can appreciate what goes on there.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program Benefits Nightwatch
You can now help out Nightwatch every time you make a purchase at Fred Meyer. All you have to do is sign up for Freddie's Community Rewards program and link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Operation Nightwatch Portland at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. On the site you can either search for Operation Nightwatch by name or by our non-profit number: 84650
Once you've done that, you don't have to bother with anything else. Every time you shop at Freddie's and use your Rewards Card, a donation will automatically be sent to Nightwatch!
You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.