Operation Nightwatch
Serving Portland's Street Population Since 1981


Serving Portland's Unhoused Community Since 1981


Operation Nightwatch is a nonprofit organization that has been offering friendship and hospitality to Portland’s unhoused community since 1981.

There are many agencies in the Portland area that provide services such as housing, food, and clothing to those experiencing houselessness, low-income individuals, or those living with mental illness. Operation Nightwatch’s unique vision is to provide place for these people to escape social isolation while also providing a cup of coffee, a meal, and much needed mental health services and food care during a time that other agencies are closed.

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.

To be homeless is to lack roots, ties to place, and a sense of belonging. Extending hospitality re-establishes this connection.
— Gary Davis, former Executive Director

Photography generously donated by Ryan Maher


Nightwatch in Action: Video Series

Operation Nightwatch 2018 Video Series, Episode 1

Operation Nightwatch 2018 Video Series, Episode 2

Videography generously donated by Ryan Maher

Operation Nightwatch 2017 video. Videography donated by Ryan Maher.