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Here at Portland Rescue Mission, the people we serve find a loving environment where they are given grace for mistakes, freedom from addiction, practical skills, and renewed hope. The essential emergency services we offer, like food and shelter, open the door to deeper relationships with our homeless guests. From there, we’re able to offer a powerful solution to the root causes of homelessness: our New Life Ministry.

7-sarah-jane-1“The world was too frightening for me to cope with. Now, having finished the program, I have the peace of spirit to allow God to take all the power and glory and I can walk in freedom of addiction and codependency,” says Sarah Jane, who graduated from the program this last July.  With this new peace, Sarah Jane will move on into the transitional phase of the program called Advance.  In this phase, she will look for employment and housing with the help of our staff and the resources they can provide.

Our New Life Ministry is a 12-month recovery program and is free of charge. The program addresses every aspect of a hurting person’s life:

Counseling helps men and women heal from the root causes that have driven them to addiction, setting them free to live a healthy life.

Bible study, prayer and worship are a regular part of daily life, drawing men and women closer to God.

Men and women prepare for a successful new life through adult education, job training and practical life skills.


“Portland Rescue Mission has changed my life in every possible way,” says Kevin, a 2012 graduate of the New Life Ministry for men. “I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t have hope. I didn’t have faith. I didn’t believe in myself. The Mission helped me find those things again. They brought Jesus back into my life.”

If you or someone you know needs help overcoming addiction, please call our intake line:

For women, please call Shepherd’s Door at (503) 746-9743
For men, please call the Burnside Shelter at (503) 906-7690

2011_11_RescuePortlandCover_flat_2_In September 2011, Chris completed New Life Ministry and began taking college courses at Portland Community College to pursue social work. He wants to give back even more in order to help people like the broken man he used to be. “There are so many people out there who are hurting. But there is a choice. You don’t have to die. You can live. It’s going to take time, patience and pain, but you work through it. I guarantee and promise that it will change.”


One response to “New Life”

  1. Plack says:

    My heart goes out to Ben and the Suprunowski Family for all that they have been through druing this time. But, because of you guys, and your faith in Christ, I am able to write this letter of thanks to you. Though everyday is a miracle in and of itself, I would have to say that Ben’s healing was the first solid miracle I have witnessed and been apart of through prayer. I don’t know Ben personally, and I am at loss for words as to how I managed to find out about Ben’s accident, because I haven’t heard anything about it in the news, and none of my friends know about it. However, I thank God everyday for allowing me to find this prayer blog because it has changed my life. I now long to live ALL my life for Christ, and I mean every part of my being thanks to Ben! I was raised in a Christian home my entire life, (praise the Lord), so I knew God, but I lacked the personal relationship with God. Then, about 2 years ago, I decided to take the step into dedicating my life to Christ by being baptized at my church called Solid Rock. Now, 2 years later, my walk with God has grown termendously, but I still felt like I was lacking something. As I was praying for Ben, I realized that I needed Christ to be a part of every aspect in my life. From my schooling, to my job, in my friends and hobbies Christ needed to be evident in all that I do. Through doing this, I hope to reflect Christ and His love through my actions and words Just like He is evident in the Suprunowski Family. Now, at age 20, I was able to unveil the plans that God has for me. My heart longs even more to become an emergency/trauma nurse so that I may be able to help people who are involved in serious incidents such as Ben’s. My heart breaks for what Ben had to go through, but my soul rejoices for all the glory that has been given to God, and His name. Thank you so much Suprunowski Family for staying strong and relying on God through this situation. It was by faith, prayer and God’s healing power that Ben is still with us today. And it was through these things that so many other lives were touched as well.Not only was Ben’s life saved, but Ben also helped save my life as well! May God continue to pour out His blessings on you Ben Suprunowski, as you have been such a blessing to my life. Thanks again to the entire family for radiating the light of Christ for all to see. God Bless,Chantel Baucom

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