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Ann and Jonathan – April 2012 “Rescue Portland” Newsletter

It almost always starts with hitting rock bottom, then another hurting person turns to the Mission for a hot meal. Especially during Easter – just days away. Our emergency shelter ministry is full. Daily meal counts continue to grow (up 17% this year alone!). And we have tremendous opportunities to touch people’s lives… heal wounds,…

7 March 28th, 2012 0
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Ann’s Story of Hope

“Mom, I don’t want to live with you. I don’t feel safe anymore.” Ann’s Story of Hope on YouTube   Traumatic events throughout Ann’s life left her hardened and angry. She’d lost so much — and now she was losing her daughter. At Portland Rescue Mission, Ann experienced deep healing she never thought possible. And…

8 March 27th, 2012 0
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Jonathan’s Story of Hope

Jonathan found himself on the streets of Portland, going from one shelter to the next in search of food and support. Jonathan’s Story of Hope on YouTube   “I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I’m tired. I’ve lost everything. I’ve hit the bottom.’” Exhausted and desperate, Jonathan came to Portland Rescue Mission to get…

12 March 26th, 2012 0
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Jessica Askwith’s Story of Hope

Just out of jail, Jessica had endured a series of events that left her completely hopeless. Jessica’s Story of Hope on YouTube   In 2007, Jessica lost custody of her two older sons. Soon after, she gave up her baby boy for adoption. Her motherhood had been taken away, and she was completely lost. “I…

11 March 21st, 2012 0
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Employment Opportunities at Portland Rescue Mission

Looking for a job? Join our team of passionate staff as we work to provide emergency care and long-term recovery for homeless men, women and children in the Portland, Oregon area. We’re currently hiring for the following positions. (See full descriptions here.) Men’s Night Ministry Team Member Manager of Shepherd’s Door Children’s Center Infants Head Teacher Information…

6 March 20th, 2012 0
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A Mission of Hope: New Annual Report Released

Our latest Annual Report shows continued efficiency and significant impact in the lives of hurting people. Since 1949, Portland Rescue Mission has been feeding and caring for hurting, hungry people. In recent decades, we’ve expanded our ministry to help men, women and children through addiction recovery, job training, education, emotional healing and spiritual renewal. The recession continued…

3 March 19th, 2012 0
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Thanks For A Great Birthday Party!

Thanks to all who sent cards and helped make our Birthday Party for the Homeless a special event on Thursday, March 8th! Our guests had a wonderful time and were celebrated. In addition to a hot meal, each person received a gift bag that included socks, gloves, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers, granola bars and fruit,…

9 March 9th, 2012 0
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Most Homeless Don’t Panhandle

Contrary to the stereotype, the vast majority of men and women experiencing homelessness don’t resort to panhandling. An article by the MinnPost compared statistics of homelessness in Portland, Hartford, Nashville and Charlotte. Volunteers for the Vulnerability Index Survey reach out to people on the street and ask them 45 questions about health status, institutional history…

7 March 7th, 2012 0
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POLL: How Many Portland Homeless Are Women?

Test your knowledge about homelessness. What percent of Portland’s homeless are women? Answer in the embedded poll below, or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6RF3MF. Did the answer surprise you? Talk about it in the comments of this blog post. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

6 March 5th, 2012 3
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Much Needed Blanket and Clothing Donations

Last week, generous donations of clothing and blankets arrived at Portland Rescue Mission — just in time. We received 1,250 heavy-duty blankets just one day before temperatures fell and snow covered much of Portland. The specialty blankets are water-proof outside, quilted fleece inside, extremely durable, and fold up into a backpack — ideal features for…

7 March 5th, 2012 0
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