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New Life

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.”