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Students: Interested in Interning at Nightwatch?

internshipWould you like some valuable social service/nonprofit experience to add to your resume? Consider interning with internshipNightwatch for 8-10 hours/week for the next academic year.

What can we provide? In addition to that experience, we make you part of the team, valuing your input and creativity. If we ask you to do scut work, it's only the same scut work that the rest of the staff also does. (Note that our Assistant Director, Mikaila Smith, first came to us as an intern, and the Portland Panty Project was brought to birth by our current intern, Ashley Garber.)

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of an internship next academic year, give us a call at 503-220-0438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Executive Director, But Were Afraid to Ask

gary simpsonOK, so maybe on your "need to know" scale, this doesn't register toward the top.

But you've may have seen him around and may be curious about his backstory. What brought him to Nightwatch? What motivates him to keep going? And especially, what's his opinion of the volunteers?

The online zine, "Pregame," published an interview last week with Nightwatch's Executive Director, and the full text is available for the reading. You can read it by clicking here.

(There won't be a quiz at the end.)

Walk for NAMI

NAMI walkHelp our partner NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) make a statement that mental health matters! No one should be discriminated against because of a mental illness, or be afraid to ask for help. Funds raised help support NAMI programs, which are offered at no costs to participants. 

Join NAMI on its 14th Annual NAMIWalks Northwest event! It will be held on Sunday, May 15 on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, with registration beginning at noon and the walk itself starting at 1 p.m. The goal: $250,000!

You can register by clicking here. And if you have any questions, you can contact Michelle Madison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-230-8009.

Interested in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training?

Because of several inquiries we have received, we are considering scheduling another Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training session in the near future. Are you among those who are interested?

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training offers approaches toward de-escalating situations of increased tension and ncitteaches ways of intervening with an agitated individual so that nobody gets hurt. We require the training for anyone who would like to join our Street Hospitality Teams, but it provides useful knowledge for a variety situations even outside of Nightwatch--how to verbally calm a fussy child or argumentative teenager, for instance.

The training requires a six-hour commitment.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. whether you might like to attend. Once we know who our attendees might be, we'll arrange to schedule the training at a time that is agreeable to all.

The Barista Extraordinaire

John Dunham, who could always be found at our Downtown Hospitality Center serving coffee to our guests, has finally decided to retire.

John has faithfully been at the coffee machine almost every night the Downtown Center has been open, ever since we moved in at St. Stephen's five years ago. (John ran the dishwasher, too.) He has certainly earned the break!

John has been a critical member of our team. We often said, "All the rest of us are dispensible, but we couldn't run without John." Now we're going to have to learn how to.

We'll still see John around. He'll be coming in to the Downtown Center as a coffee consumer, rather than a coffee-server. So the next time you see him, tip a cup of java to him and toast him for all his good work!