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After Bradley’s nightmare came true, The Harbor woke him up

Bradley laughed at the dark irony. For the last 30 years, he justified his growing addiction with the shallow, comforting thought. “I might be an alcoholic. But no matter how bad it gets, I won’t be living in a tent or under a bridge.” But he was wrong. Walking out of the hotel with just a…

64 June 28th, 2016 0
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Eric chooses life, finds what he needed and wanted at The Harbor

Eric held a steady job most of his life. His life wasn’t perfect, but he was getting by. He certainly never expected to be homeless. Addiction crept over Eric slowly, a seemingly harmless habit that snaked its tendrils deep into his heart. By the time he noticed, the grip was too tight to escape on…

64 March 23rd, 2016 0
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No hopeless men and women at Portland Rescue Mission

A note from Eric Bauer (Executive Director of Portland Rescue Mission) … God can do the impossible. But it is hard for us to believe that without seeing it first. Even Jesus’ most faithful followers abandoned hope when he was brutally killed. It didn’t matter that he had explained it all before, that he would…

61 March 22nd, 2016 0
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Winter clothing, blankets needed: Keep guests warm at Portland Rescue Mission

Our supplies of blankets and winter clothing to help people in need are running low. Will you help stock our closets at Shepherd’s Door, The Harbor and the Burnside Shelter? This winter, Portland Rescue Mission will provide warm clothing to countless people, easing their suffering and protecting their health. For people sleeping outside, we provide daily…

65 January 7th, 2016 0
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Teen accepts challenge to clean out closet, gives proceeds to Shepherd’s Door

At only 15 years old, Delana’s life took a surprise detour recently at a youth conference with Village Baptist Church. As her fellow students each pulled a card that challenged them to do something “out-of-the-box” for God, Delana’s card took it to the next level. She was to simplify her life by selling all but…

62 January 6th, 2016 2
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Empty no more, Vivian finds the love she longed for at Shepherd’s Door

“Persimmon cookies,” says Vivian. “That’s what I remember most.” The warm, sweet smell of freshly baked cookies always filled young Vivian’s heart with such comfort. When her mom baked, the house seemed less empty, her mother less sad and distant. “My dad died when I was very young. My mom never remarried,” says Vivian. “I…

56 January 5th, 2016 0
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Gift of interruption reaps unexpected blessings at Portland Rescue Mission

A note from Eric Bauer (Executive Director of Portland Rescue Mission) … After a decade-long fulfilling career as an engineer in technology development, God interrupted my life with a call to serve people suffering on the margins of society. I never saw this coming nor understood where it would lead. But I knew it was…

60 January 5th, 2016 0
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12 years after Shepherd’s Door, Darlene has regained all that was lost

It’s late at night at Shepherd’s Door, our New Life Ministry for women and children in northeast Portland. A woman comes downstairs, anxious and unable to sleep. She has a court date tomorrow to find out if she’ll gain custody of her children now that she’s in recovery. Darlene, a night-shift staff member, invites her…

61 November 11th, 2015 0
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John becomes a new kind of man at The Harbor

Cold rain pelted John as he stared blankly at the endless gray sky. He’d barely slept. Two weeks sleeping on the same patch of sidewalk left his joints stiff and muscles aching. “God, help me,” he whispered, rubbing his tired eyes. Up the street, a line was forming of people hungry for breakfast at the…

67 November 11th, 2015 1
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Homeless men, women and children find ‘home’ at Portland Rescue Mission

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…

63 November 11th, 2015 0
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