As 2016 draws to a close, I find myself deeply grateful for the changed lives here at Portland Rescue Mission. What a tremendous year of healing for so many hurting men, women and children who came to us for help in their darkest times.
You’ve probably seen the overwhelming need in our community. The increase in urban camping and panhandling shows just how desperate men and women are to survive. Many are so low, they’ve just about given up on life.
When countless people were displaced from sleeping in other areas of the city earlier this year, generous support from friends like you helped us meet the need. We opened our winter shelter three months early, providing safety and a good night’s rest for an additional 92 people each night (See the video below).
That’s not all.
Countless people rely on us for the essentials of life as they struggle to make it. They’re so grateful for a hearty breakfast and dinner – for up to 900 people a day. Showers, toiletries, 24/7 restrooms and clean clothing give dignity. Mail service, chapel services and community resources like healthcare provide important connections toward stability.
We hear so often from the people we serve that Portland Rescue Mission is special. Inside our doors, each man or woman is a valued guest. Every person is met at their point of need and encouraged by volunteers and staff who genuinely care. Even so, the need is very great.
Because we don’t receive government funding, private giving from our faithful friends fuels this ministry. And the donations received during this Christmas season largely dictate the amount of services we can offer in the coming year.
Will you consider one final gracious gift this year to provide life-sustaining and life-changing services? Your gift before December 31 would be such a blessing.
With your continued support, we’ll press on to give hope and restore life to people who are in desperate need.