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GOLD SHOES. Who knew? – PART 3

The Auction Has Ended! $50,800! The gold Air Jordans, the mystery donation that has puzzled and delighted us, sold for MORE THAN TWICE their estimated auction price at Sotheby’s this morning!! A community of us gathered along with James, who found the shoes, in a conference room at Portland Rescue Mission while we hit the…

102 December 20th, 2023
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GOLD SHOES. Who knew? – PART 2

We knew this was a special story, but it has been so amazing to see all of the excitement about the Spike Lee Air Jordan sneaker auction coming up on Monday. We have gotten, well, A LOT of press (See Below). It has touched me to see so many engaged with the significance and symbolism…

92 December 16th, 2023
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GOLD SHOES. Who knew?

I’ve had such wild ride these last few months thanks to a pair of sneakers that were dropped down the donation chute at Portland Rescue Mission’s Burnside Shelter. Earlier this year, a man who is in our long term shelter program was sorting through clothing and shoe donations. He noticed a bright gold pair of…

100 December 11th, 2023
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Staff Serve Day

Portland Rescue Mission has many locations, but every month staff from across all the sites come together to serve at the Burnside Shelter. From handing out plates of warm breakfast to wiping down tables and clearing trays, staff interact with the guests coming through the shelter. For many, it’s a chance to center themselves, reminding…

92 January 24th, 2018 0
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Ceaseless Prayer in Action

Daily, our staff serve and invest in the lives of our guests at the Burnside Shelter. It’s amazing when our guests also express care for us. Zack, one of our faithful night team staff members, can attest to this. He had just arrived at the Burnside shelter for his shift, when Rowen, * a participant…

128 August 16th, 2017 0
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New Life Recovery in the Great Outdoors

  Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of the great outdoors. Living in the Northwest makes a trip to the beach or even to Mount Hood a doable excursion.   Here at Portland Rescue Mission, we are maximizing the sunny days by getting outside, “being in relationship with one another, enjoying God’s beautiful…

113 July 24th, 2017 0
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Pulled Pork Nachos This Summer on The Mission Bar-B-Que Truck!

Summer is in full swing and Mission Bar-B-Que is bustling around the city, catering for businesses and celebrations, and we are ready to cater your next event!     Give Dave at Mission Bar-B-Que a call and he’ll deliver a meal that will “wow” your crowd. Not to mention, every dollar goes right back to…

103 July 17th, 2017 0
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We want to invite you to join our team of men and women who are passionate about what they do to restore the lives of hurting men, women and children in our city. Our staff at Portland Rescue Mission know why they are here. We asked several of them to share what keeps them coming…

116 June 29th, 2017 0
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Summer Adventures in the Family Life Center

  Summer at Shepherd’s Door means outdoor play, water parks and plenty of field trips for the children in the Family Life Ministry. “Some of the kids have never been to the zoo,” said Julie Popova, a teacher in the Family Life Center. We are making sure the children and families have plenty of fun…

106 June 21st, 2017 0
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LETTERS FROM LIBBY: Sharing the love of God, one handwritten story at a time.

At the beginning of May, I spent the day at the Burnside shelter, celebrating our guests.  It was our annual Birthday Party for the Homeless. The dining hall was decorated in bright colors, and every guest was receiving cards. Near the end of the evening, a guest looked up from their birthday card and asked,…

107 June 2nd, 2017 2
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