Wednesday, December 21, 2011


The Portland Rescue Mission blog has moved! 

Head on over to to catch the latest news and inspiring video stories of hope.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Kevin's Drinking Nearly Killed Him

Kevin's legs were paralyzed. His liver and pancreas were shutting down from excessing drinking. His alcohol addiction was killing him.

Watch Kevin's feature story produced by KPTV FOX 12 to see his remarkable recovery. (Video embedded below. Or watch at: )

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reaching Out To Homeless Women

Faithful volunteers serve the women each week
at our Burnside Shelter evening meals,
building relationships and praying for specific needs.

Elaine walked to the Mission, exhausted. She looked forward to a warm meal in an encouraging environment, even if it only gave her relief from the street for an hour or so. As she settled into her seat to wait to go to the dining room, a young woman approached her.

“Would you like to have your feet massaged before dinner?” Callie, a volunteer, asked Elaine.

“A foot massage? Right now?” Elaine hadn’t expected this. But she’d been on her feet all day. A massage certainly would relieve some pain. She nervously followed Callie to a room just beyond the busy Chapel.

Elaine looked around the small room, lit by lamps and the sunset through open windows. There was a quiet buzz of conversation among other guests and volunteers. Elaine found a chair in the corner. She sat down, put her bags on the floor, took her shoes off and relaxed.

“Oh, I love that music,” Elaine said, closing her eyes. “It’s so peaceful.”

“Yeah, we try to make it feel relaxing in here.” Callie sat on a small stool, easing Elaine’s feet into a tub of warm water, colored pink with bath salts that gave off a peppermint aroma.

>> Read the rest of the story

Friday, November 18, 2011

"Add A Meal" At Elmer's Restaurant To Help Feed People In Need

Give hope and help support local families! Visit one of the 10 participating Portland-area Elmer's restaurants before November 27th to "Add A Meal". For just $1.88, Portland Rescue Mission can provide a meal to a hungry man, woman or child. Elmer's is matching the first 5,000 meals donated at the restaurant!

2,643 meals have been provided so far to give hope to hurting men, women and children this holiday season! Thanks for your support.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Chris' Story of Hope

Chris has always loved movies -- the escape they brought him from the reality of anger and abuse at home.

Chris' Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)

But as an adult, Chris was far from the movie hero he wanted to be. Addiction destroyed any bit of happiness -- his marriage, his ability to be a good father.

Then he saw a movie that changed his life.

Your support offers hope to hurting men and women who desperately want their lives to mean something more.

Help us change more lives. Donate online at or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Chris' Just Wanted To Give Up - November 2011 Newsletter

Chris stumbled through life, crippled by addiction to alcohol. He wanted a better life, to be a good father.

Today, Chris is a long way from the desperate life they once knew. He's healing from the past and well on his way to a stable, healthy life.

Read about Chris in our November newsletter (PDF) and watch their video stories using the links below.

Watch Chris' video
and read his story

Friday, November 11, 2011

Winter Shelter Begins

The nights have turned cold here in the northwest.

To help care for our homeless guests, we've expand our capacity at the Burnside Shelter from 50 to around 130 beds and mats as of November 1st.  To those who don't have shelter, we regularly hand out blankets to provide what warmth we can.

You can help!

Drop off any of these winter items at our Burnside Shelter (111 W. Burnside, Portland)
  • Twin blankets
  • Winter coats
  • Hats and gloves
  • Men's jeans
  • Socks and underwear (for both men and women)
 Thanks for helping us bring warmth and comfort to hurting people this winter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Wish List

For most of the men, women and children in our residential recovery program, the holidays don't hold happy memories. Many do not have the finances to purchase Christmas gifts for the people they love.

With your help, this Christmas will be different. They'll know someone remembers them and cares.
You can help by providing a gift from our Christmas Wish List.

1. To start shopping, log in or register.
2. Search for gift items for a man, woman, boy or girl.
3. Add items to your Shopping List.
4. Purchase items at a store. (New and unused items only, please.)
5. Mark each item with the Gift ID indicated on your Shopping List.
6. Bring items UNWRAPPED by Wednesday, December 14 to one of these locations:

Shepherd's Door
13207 NE Halsey
Portland, OR 97230

For additional assistance, contact Chris Jensen at 503-906-7762 or

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jeff's Story of Hope

Jeff came to Portland Rescue Mission tired and hungry. But he found something more.

Jeff's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)

"If any of you need help with overcoming addictions..." the chaplain said -- and Jeff's heart leaped.

That was the day Jeff's life changed.

Your support provides vital meals and shelter to men, women and children and need. And it gives something more. You offer a way out of addiction and abuse.

Help us end homelessness in the lives of hurting people.

Help us change more lives. Donate online at or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Who Are Portland's Homeless?

Executive Director Eric Bauer answers common questions about Portland's homeless population on Comcast's "Newsmakers" video segment.
  • Who are Portland's homeless? 
  • Why are they homeless?
  • What can we do to end homelessness?
Watch the video embedded below or at: