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‘Tales from the Lighthouse’: Generosity, transformation at the Burnside Shelter

Life on the ‘other side of the yellow door’ at the Burnside Shelter can be life-changing for those who come through Portland Rescue Mission and take steps toward a new life. It’s where guests off the street can start to receive the hope and restoration they’ve needed for many years. We wanted to give you…

15 February 25th, 2016 0
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Tony loses shoes and nearly everything else, finds stability at Connect

Tony’s work shoes “split wide open.” That was the final straw.  After working out of his car for about three years at a McDonald’s in Bakersfield, California, it wasn’t losing his car, or even losing an apartment to bedbugs that did him in. It was the shoes. “I hit a couple of hiccups,” he said. “[After…

14 February 18th, 2016 0
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Art at the Burnside Shelter inspires hope, encourages creativity and dreams

It’s noon on a Thursday at the Burnside Shelter. Thursdays are a good day. The Guest Care Center door is open and art and color and the sharing of life takes place. Step inside and you’ll meet Andrew and Erin. Both on staff at Portland Rescue Mission, the two wanted to create a place where…

15 February 12th, 2016 0
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From Hawaii to Portland with nowhere to go, Megan finds safety at Connect

Little things make a huge difference for the women in our Connect program. Often coming from very difficult situations, and incredibly challenging circumstances, the women at our Burnside Shelter find blessings in the unlikeliest of places. “Just sitting on a couch compared to a hard chair is a luxury,” Megan described. “A hot shower is…

9 February 10th, 2016 0
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2015 in review, 10 ‘Stories of Hope’ from Portland Rescue Mission

With 2015 in the rearview mirror, it only seemed appropriate to look back at all the transformation you helped make happen at Portland Rescue Mission through your generosity. With your financial support, we have been blessed to be a part of all of these men and women’s journeys below and so much more. It has…

11 December 31st, 2015 0
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Start 2016 off with transformative work at Portland Rescue Mission

It’s been an exciting year at Portland Rescue Mission, and we are in need for more people filled with compassion and excited to come on board and start changing lives forever. If you’ve ever considered a career in a non-profit environment doing life-changing work, now is the perfect time to make the leap. We have…

14 December 29th, 2015 0
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Dress for Success blesses Connect women for Christmas, and you can too

For the men and women in our Connect program, one of their primary goals is to transition off the streets and into housing and permanent employment. Connect is a three-to-four month program that provides the stability needed for men and women to re-focus, catch their breath, and pursue their goals. While they are with us,…

14 December 17th, 2015 0
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Robin escapes her cardboard blanket, regains faith at Connect

Every bed makes it possible for hundreds of lives to be touched by God’s love. On a cold, wet night here in Portland, a warm comfortable bed is a God-send for most of the people we see each day – like Robin. “I woke up in the morning freezing cold and wet. Someone stole my…

8 December 2nd, 2015 0
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Homeless women known at Burnside Shelter’s ‘Friday Flicks’

At Portland Rescue Mission, our Hope Ministries are about more than just meals, bathrooms and showers. Although all of those services are vital at the Burnside Shelter, they are only a part of the journey to a better future for our guests. Another way the staff and the women in Connect partake in that journey…

8 May 5th, 2015 0
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