Nightwatch North Portland

Our Mobile Hospitality Center serves the North Portland / St. John's neighborhood every Thursday evening entrancefrom 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This is an area of the city where a significant homeless population has taken root, but where agencies have lagged in establishing services to meet their needs.

Street Roots featured our work in St. John's an article that can be read here.

In St. John's we partner with the Rivergate Community Church, 4737 N. Lombard Street, whose fellowship hall transforms into our Hospitality Center.

Programs

We are active in downtown and SE Portland.

For specific details about any of our particular programs, please click any of the links below.

Special Events

          Each month we host monthly outings to nearby parks and cultural settings. We've inner-tubed on Mt. Memorial Service native drummersHood, taken beach trips, hiked in the Gorge, and taken Christmas trips to the Oregon Zoo. These trips have proven to be important times of renewal in the lives of those who often face grim daily prospects.

          Our annual spiritual retreat, a 3-day event away from the city, provides an especial opportunity for our guests to assess their lives.

         Each year during Holy Week we sponsor a memorial service to remember those on the Christmas karaokestreets who have died in the past year. It is a fully interfaith service, with representation from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native, and Buddhist traditions.

         The year ends with a large Christmas party, where everyone is treated to a sit-down feast, given Christmas stockings, shares Christmas carols, and welcomes Santa.

 

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Nightwatch SE

          Our Southeast Hospitality Center is located at the Clackamas Service Center, 8800 SE 80th Avenue. OpenNightwatch SE on Saturday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., it serves a hot meal and provides a place of welcome and fellowship for those camped out along the Springwater Corridor and others who find themselves alone, with no place else to go.

 

 

 

SE Hospitality Center at Work

Street Hospitality Teams

         Because some people on the streets wrestle with social phobias, inner conflicts, introverted proclivities,Street Hospitality Team and other issues that prevent them from coming into our Hospitality Center, even though it may be nearby, our Street Hospitality Teams go out to them.

         Members of our Street Hospitality Teams are trained in communication skills, conflict resolution and personal safety techniques. They go out equipped with a shoulder bag of sandwiches and a thermos of hot coffee, a directory of services for referral in one pocket, and a set of directions to the Hospitality Center in the other (in case the people they meet would like to go to the Hospitality Center, but just didn’t know about it). Some teams may include a nursing student with a medical kit.