What can you do to help homeless people in Portland?

What can you do to help homeless people in Portland?
Portland's homeless in Old Town (KATU photo).

There are alternatives to giving homeless people cash. Donating to organizations that help homeless people or giving them tokens that can be used at local businesses are two ways to assist. The businesses and organizations below work to help the homeless in Portland.


CityTeam Ministries
526 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97214
503-231-9334 

  • Organizations can purchase $5 vouchers good for an overnight stay at the shelter
  • Individuals can donate directly to CityTeam Ministries 


Daybreak Shelter
12350 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97236
503-548-0200

  • Prefer that individuals donate directly to the shelter.  They need money, warm clothes, and blankets
  • You can also donate your time by volunteering


Outside In
1132 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
503-535-3800

  • Donate money and goods directly to the organization. 
  • Things like socks are often overlooked and can make a world of difference to those in need


Portland Rescue Mission
111 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
503-906-7690

  • They recommend putting together a care kit and give it to panhandlers instead of money. You could also donate these items directly to the organization and they can help re-distribute them to those in need.  Items include: water bottles, socks, tuna and crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks or apple sauce, gift certificate to fast food restaurants, hand wipes, feminine hygiene products, nail clippers, first aid kits, etc.
  • You can also hand out free meal vouchers.  Print them online here (PDF)


Sanctity of Hope
700 SE Clay St., Portland, OR 97214
503-473-8177

  • Individuals can purchase tokens to give to the homeless instead of cash.  The tokens can be used to buy food, clothing, bike parts, haircuts, bus tickets, blankets and more.

Some businesses that accept Sanctity of Hope tokens include:

  • Koi Fusion Food Cart – all locations (1 token = 1 taco) 
  • Pizza Schmizza Fox Tower – 732 SW Yamhill St. (3 tokens for any slice of pizza)
  • Big A** Sandwiches – 304 SE 2nd Ave. (1 token = $1)
  • Whiffies Fried Pies – 1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (1 token = $1)
  • Papa's Haven - 800 NW Murray Blvd. (coffee or hot cocoa)
  • Transition Projects – 665 NW Hoyt St. (3 tokens = bus/max ticket)
  • William Temple House Thrift Store - 2230 NW Glisan St. (1 token = $1) 
  • Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store – 11611 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard (1 token = $1) 
  • Blondie Salon- 1225 SW Alder St. (10 tokens = a haircut) 
  • Bike Gallery - 1001 SW 10th Ave. (1 token = $1) 
  • Sellwood Bicycle Repair – 7953 SE 13th Ave. (1 token = $1)

Sisters of the Road Café (Website)
133 NW 6th Ave., Portland OR 97209
503-222-5694

  • Individuals can purchase $2 meal coupons on its website that can be used for one meal and one drink


St. Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
503-232-5880

  • Need donated cups, silverware, towels and rags
  • If you are musically talented, they’re also looking for people to perform at Sunday Mass.  If you’re interested contact Karen Mathews at the number above or online here


Union Gospel Mission
3 NW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97209
503-274-4483

  • Prefer that individuals donate directly to the Mission online here
  • In addition to money, the Mission is also in need of clothing, sleeping bags, hygiene items, and food
  • They also accept gifts through planned giving
     

 

 

There are alternatives to giving homeless people cash. Donating to organizations that help homeless people or giving them tokens that can be used at local businesses are two ways to assist. These businesses and organizations are working to help homeless people in Portland.