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At The Intersection of Mental Illness and Homelessness

What causes homelessness? Is it mental illness or drug abuse or early childhood trauma? The answer is yes, yes, and yes. And everything all at once. As Audrey, one of our Shepherd’s Door participants will tell you: “When you don’t feel hopeful and you don’t feel safe, those become reasons to use.” According to the…

58 June 15th, 2022
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Portland Rescue Mission Personal Perspective: Sandy Pannell

  My name is Sandy Pannell. I have been serving at Shepherds Door with women from my church, First Orthodox Presbyterian Church, since 2011.

7 May 15th, 2022
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Fred Meyer: Working Together Makes a Difference

“I want to do something to help, but I just have no idea what to do!”

55 April 25th, 2022
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Portland Rescue Mission Personal Perspective: Eva Calcagno

My name is Eva Calcagno and I’ve been volunteering to plan, cook, and serve dinners at Shepherd’s Door for four years. I work with a team of people from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Southwest Portland. We started serving at the Burnside Mission once a month and then added Shepherd’s Door. We cooked 6 times…

57 April 19th, 2022
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I Am Known by Name

Mary’s Sorrow Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord…

56 April 15th, 2022
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My Portland Rescue Mission Work Story

by Leah Hay, Grant Writer, and Business Partnership Specialist:

59 January 26th, 2022
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A Christmas Card to You

  “This Christmas is my first Christmas with my mom. We will enjoy fun activities with friends, go to church, listen to beautiful Christmas music, and get to have many amazing gifts filled with hope and love. Thank you for your kindness.”  James   This holiday season at Portland Rescue Mission, the men, and women…

60 December 16th, 2021
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Homelessness in the Classroom

“I didn’t have a lot of things the other kids had at school. For example, I came to school, and was given a journal, and I was ecstatic. I didn’t get those things…having nice new things wasn’t something I had before.” Caleb’s reality as a 5-year-old was living in unstable housing situations with his parents.…

52 September 16th, 2021
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Portland Rescue Mission’s Community House for Mothers is Open!

In partnership with Cedar Mill Bible Church Portland Rescue Mission’s Community House for mother and kids is open.

55 July 13th, 2019 0
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Amanda’s Story of Restoration

This month, five amazing women who had struggled with drugs, addiction and homelessness, have completed the New Life Program at our recovery center for women and children.

64 May 11th, 2019 0
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