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Freedom From Fear: Marianne’s Jubilee Story

For Marianne, the nighttime was especially difficult.   “I felt lost, confused. I didn’t have much energy or desire to try to stop using drugs. I was in an unhealthy relationship. I was distant from my family. I didn’t have any hope. I didn’t really see myself being able to be a normal person.”  …

18 July 5th, 2017 0
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Made Whole – Maureen’s Jubilee Story

  Maureen felt lost in her addiction. “I had legal issues, lost my job, had no way to support myself, and was nearly homeless,” she remembers.   “I got involved in bad relationships that were abusive physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, and spiritually. I was looking for love in all the wrong places.”   Then she…

18 June 30th, 2017 0
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LIVE YOUR PASSION: WORK FOR PORTLAND RESCUE MISSION

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…

17 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…

18 June 21st, 2017 0
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Kindness and Baseball –A Father’s Day Story

Roger loved baseball as a kid. He always wanted his dad to play with him, but that never happened, so Roger put the mitt down.   Years later, while at The Harbor ­­–The men’s New Life Recovery Program at Portland Rescue Mission–Roger was reflecting on his childhood:   “I was missing my love for baseball,”…

10 June 15th, 2017 0
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Annual Birthday Party Makes a Splash at Portland Rescue Mission

At our 9th annual Birthday Party for the Homeless, guests grabbed their snorkeling gear at the photo booth and dove into an underwater-themed party at The Burnside Shelter. Portland Rescue Mission values this day as one of the many opportunities we take to make sure guests feel celebrated and valued­–– through a party, meal, card,…

14 May 16th, 2017 0
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SAFE AT LAST THIS MOTHER’S DAY

Life on the streets is dangerous for a woman. If a mother becomes homeless, she’s likely to lose custody of her children. A woman alone on the streets is almost certain to be victimized within the first few days. “Its hard out here on the streets. It’s scary. I’ve put my life in danger, sleeping…

17 May 9th, 2017 0
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‘Using Their Power for Good’ –Second Grade Students Write to Portland Rescue Mission

Heroes come in all ages and sizes. At Portland Rescue Mission, some of our biggest champions are second grade students at Oregon Episcopal School. With a heart to learn about their city and find the heroes making a change in Portland, several of the students wrote letters of gratitude to the staff at Portland Rescue…

14 April 13th, 2017 0
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AT THE HEART OF IT ALL -Our Annual Report Video

Almost 70 years after John Van Diest, our founder, served home-cooked soup to hungry people facing hard times, Portland Rescue Mission holds true to that first vision. Begin by meeting people’s most urgent needs. Show them that they matter, that they are loved by God. They are not alone. Then, as hope emerges in their…

15 April 7th, 2017 0
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Like Waking Up -Anthony Finds Worth and Forgiveness Through Prayer

Soft morning light gently wakes Anthony from a restful sleep. “Good morning, God,” he whispers. “Thank you for the chance to live this day.” It’s been a year since Anthony stepped out of his old life. In the soothing cascade of a hot shower, he remembers the stark contrast of life on the streets. Showers…

15 April 4th, 2017 0
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