A note from Eric Bauer (Executive Director of Portland Rescue Mission) …
My oldest son left for college this fall. Though he won’t be around our family table during the holidays, it’s good to know he’ll have Thanksgiving with friends and relatives on the other side of the United States. It’s nice to have a sense of home when you’re so far away from home.
That’s what the Mission is, too. For hundreds of men, women and children far removed from any sense of normalcy, comfort or meaningful connection, the Mission serves as a safe refuge, welcoming all with open arms. People living isolated and ignored are greeted by name, offered good food, and rejuvenated by a hot shower and a safe place to rest. It’s nice to know there’s a place at the table for anyone hungry and hurting at the Mission.
From Thanksgiving through Christmas, generous support of friends like you will provide 30,000 hot, nutritious meals and 9,000 nights of safe shelter. Each gracious act of compassion speaks God’s love to a hurting man or woman in their time of greatest need. It’s a chance for us to learn their name, listen to their story and offer help with their most urgent needs. For many, the sense of “welcome home” they feel will be just the encouragement they need to pursue healing and recovery.
We couldn’t do this life-restoring work without your partnership. Thank you for creating a sense of home for hurting people this holiday season. Thank you for caring.
P.S. Our Holiday Newsletter has arrived! Check it out, and see how Portland Rescue Mission is giving hope and restoring life this Thanksgiving and Christmas.