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Reality In Numbers

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people are suffering from homelessness in Multnomah County.

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people are unsheltered in Multnomah County.

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Oregon ranks first in the nation for the problem of substance use disorders.

Not Just About Housing

The roots of homelessness go deeper than just economics. Most of the hundreds of people we serve every day have deep emotional wounds and inadequate life skills, often due to very difficult upbringing or severe trauma. Despair and the absence of any positive relationships are normal.

I was dying in a cheap motel room absolutely filled with fear, without a friend in the world.

How Does Someone End Up Homeless?

According to the National Council for the Homeless, the leading causes of homelessness are economic:
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Foreclosures
  • Lack of employment opportunities
But the roots of homelessness can go much deeper, including:
  • Trauma/Severe Loss
  • Family conflict/Breakup
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Criminal history
  • Mental illness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Age out of foster care

I ate ants, whatever I could find crawling on the ground. I felt shameful and hopeless.

Homelessness Isolates

While there are many paths that lead to homelessness, loss of community and despair are common to them all.

Once you’re on the street, people look at you differently. I wasn’t a professional anymore. I’m not anyone’s friend. I’m nothing
Trusting relationships and a healthy community are necessary to successfully address the root causes of homelessness. That is why every service offered by Portland Rescue Mission is provided with a view to developing relationships and drawing people into a healthy community.

Portland Rescue Mission Transforms Lives

We provide the compassionate engagement and services necessary to meet people where they are and walk with them on a path towards a purposeful, self-sufficient life
Portland Rescue Mission has been expressing the love of Christ to people suffering from hunger and homelessness for over 70 years. Emergency services are offered at our Burnside Shelter and transformational recovery services are offered at our NE Portland facilities.

Our Annual Impact

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Hot Nutritious Meals

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Nights of Shelter

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Lives Impacted By Extended Shelter Programs

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Lives Impacted by Comprehensive Recovery Program

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Stories of Hope

Compassionate care and community instills hope and changes the lives of those who come to us in need.

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