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Looking back to ‘Stories of Hope’ at Portland Rescue Mission

Once September/October rolls around here at Portland Rescue Mission, things get extra busy for our organization. The fall is a very important time of the year for giving hope and restoring life to people in need. It’s also the time of year when, as the weather begins to change, and the temperature drops, needs are…

19 September 11th, 2015 0
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After losing 30 years of his life, Gary finds ‘home’ at Connect

Gary knows what it’s like to sleep outside. Cold, alone and afraid. He remembers the gnawing pain of hunger so strong that it kept him awake at night. “I’ve been so hungry. One time it was 3:00 AM and I knocked on somebody’s door begging for food. It was just a piece of bread, but…

22 September 8th, 2015 0
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Think differently about people experiencing homelessness in Portland (videos)

At Portland Rescue Mission, we love stories that warm our souls. If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you might remember a recent story about Donald Gould. Donald found his way off the streets after his musical talent got him discovered on the streets of Florida. In that process, he was also able to…

10 August 27th, 2015 0
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Portland Rescue Mission’s vignettes of hope (from the archives)

Men, women and children trapped in brokenness are being set free every day at Portland Rescue Mission. Watching God heal people through forgiveness and leaving the past behind is so inspiring to us. We love sharing these stories, especially through video, so you can meet the people you give hope to when you support the…

17 June 3rd, 2015 2
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Obi ‘brave enough to dream again’ after being at The Harbor

Obi was living the American dream. Growing up in Kenya was hard, especially in his abusive family. But now he’d fallen in love with an American girl, gotten married and moved to Portland where they would soon give birth to their first child. The dream didn’t last. As a child, Obi coped with the abuse…

20 May 26th, 2015 0
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Isolated no more, Kelcey found meaning at The Harbor

Kelcey wanted a friend. He’d do just about anything to fit in to be accepted and known. “I thought alcohol would help me be this nice guy, that it was going to help me relate to people,” says Kelcey. He’d invite people over to his house or to a bar, hoping they’d chat all night…

20 March 30th, 2015 1
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Once scared and overwhelmed, Mike found purpose at The Harbor

Between now and Easter, we will serve 700-800 meals each day as part of our Hope Ministries. Each meal serves as an opportunity to change a hurting person’s life. For some, the meal they get at Portland Rescue Mission will be the beginning of a new life in Jesus Christ. It was for Mike. Before…

17 March 3rd, 2015 0
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Echoes of hope at Connect, Shepherd’s Door

When it comes to safe places for women and children who are homeless, options are limited. The streets of Portland can be dangerous. But amidst the unrelenting stress and insecurity that comes with living on the street, there are opportunities out there for a second chance. At Portland Rescue Mission, we see these stories regularly…

21 January 25th, 2015 0
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Echoes of hope at Link, The Harbor

God is constantly moving at Portland Rescue Mission. Over the span of 2014, and because of your generous prayers and support for what we do, we had our most successful year on record. We served 331,346 hot meals and provided 83,197 safe nights of shelter. We also had the honor and privilege of seeing many,…

18 January 24th, 2015 0
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Shepherd’s Door allowed Rachelle to stop running away, ‘let go and let God’

Meet Rachelle. There was a time when she had no hope and spent much of her time running away. Running away from hope and any sort of real direction in her life. Rachelle had “lost sight of everything.” She’d spend her days working and taking care of her kids while, deep within her soul, there…

18 January 12th, 2015 0
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