Nightwatch St. John's
Our Mobile Hospitality Center serves the St. John's / North Portland neighborhood every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 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.
Each month we host monthly outings to nearby parks and cultural settings. We've inner-tubed on Mt. Hood, 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 streets 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.
Our Southeast Hospitality Center is located at the Clackamas Service Center, 8800 SE 80th Avenue. Open 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.
Because some people on the streets wrestle with social phobias, inner conflicts, introverted proclivities, 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.