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.

Whereas other agencies exist to provide services such as housing, food, and clothing to those experiencing homelessness, low-income individuals, and those living with mental illness, ONW’s unique vision is that these populations also may suffer from simple social isolation. Our simple mission is to reach out to them, nurturing relationship.

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: 2018 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.