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For over 70 years, Portland Rescue Mission has been tirelessly committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and despair in the lives of hurting people in need.

We Are 100% Community Funded

A Lasting Legacy of Hope

It was 1949 when John Van Diest, Sr. looked with compassion at the hungry, destitute men struggling on the streets of Portland and shared his lunch. It happened so often that his wife, Tress, began making extra sandwiches for him to pass out to broken men.

 

This eventually evolved into a simple soup kitchen on Burnside Street. John and Tress purchased the groceries themselves to make a pot of soup to share. Afterward, John would share with them about God’s love.

 

From those humble beginnings, Portland Rescue Mission was born. By 1954, that kitchen had grown and moved to its current location at 111 W. Burnside Street.

 

Today Portland Rescue Mission serves men, women, and children in five locations: Burnside Shelter (link), The Harbor (link), Shepherd’s Door (link), and two community homes (link). Our ministry includes a wide range of programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and walk beside them toward their journey home.

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There are so many opportunities to get involved at Portland Rescue Mission. From shopping for a cause to volunteering we have lots of ways for you to join us in serving our hurting

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The aroma of a meal, the feel of a soothing shower, and the comfort of a safe bed. Your donation of food, blankets, and other supplies gives love and support to men, women, and children looking for a way out of homelessness and addiction.

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Lives are being changed every day with your support. Find out what is happening around the Mission and read about the lives that are being transformed daily.

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We are Highly Relational, Christ-centered, Joyful Servants

John Van Diest, Sr. was motivated throughout his life to serve others by the messages of John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…”

That verse of salvation is at the heart and soul of our dedication to serve the hurting in our community.

Join a culture of people who value hard work while caring for others in a Biblically-based ministry environment.

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