Wednesday, December 21, 2011

John's Story of Hope

John's addiction estranged him from his family for many years. Until an extraordinary set of circumstances brought him back in touch with his mother.

John's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Even after John graduated from our New Life Recovery program, there were relationships in his life that he wanted to mend.

Your support doesn't just end homelessness and addiction. You also help restore families and give a bright hope for their future together.

Help us change more lives. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Chris' Story of Hope

Chris has always loved movies -- the escape they brought him from the reality of anger and abuse at home.

Chris' Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



But as an adult, Chris was far from the movie hero he wanted to be. Addiction destroyed any bit of happiness -- his marriage, his ability to be a good father.

Then he saw a movie that changed his life.

Your support offers hope to hurting men and women who desperately want their lives to mean something more.

Help us change more lives. Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Philip's Story of Hope

Philip had failed so many times, he didn't believe his life was worth anything.

Philip's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)

 

From the first drink he took at age 14, Philip felt comfort as alcohol washed away his deep emotional pain. But the addiction and his own self-loathing destroyed decades of his life.

At Portland Rescue Mission, Philip began to heal from the root causes behind his addiction. Alcohol became powerless in his life. And a new Philip emerged.


Help us change more lives. Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Danielle's Story of Hope

At just 13 years old, Danielle was already being pulled down by meth and alcohol. Homelessness, depression and suicide attempts followed soon after.

Danielle's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)

 

As Danielle wandered the streets of Portland, a kind woman embraced her and told her she was loved. "I didn't know I needed to hear that," Danielle remembers.

At Portland Rescue Mission, Danielle found the tools and healthy relationships she needed to put her life together. Your donation today will help more women like her escape addiction and homelessness. 

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Exercise Helps Provide Total Life Recovery

In our New Life Recovery Ministry, hurting people find a refuge of healing for mind, body and soul -- a total life recovery.

Exercise Helps Provide Total Life Recovery (video) (Quicktime Version)



MIND - The Learning Center furthers education and prepares men and women for future employment. Volunteer tutors provide individualized instruction to help residents in math, writing and computer skills.

BODY - Classes help men and women understand the physical and psychological aspects behind their addictions. Good rest, nutritious meals, medical care and exercise help restore health.

SOUL - Counseling and spiritual renewal help heal the root causes and deep wounds behind addiction and negative choices. Healthy relationships often grow with family, friends and God.

Homelessness ends where total life recovery begins. Thanks for your compassionate support.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cecilia's Story of Hope

Cecilia and her daughter fled the violence and substance abuse that dominated the home where they lived.

Cecilia's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



As a single mother, Cecilia wasn't sure her life would ever get better.

Your support provides safety and healing for women with nowhere else to turn. You keep children together with their mothers. You give hope.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michael's Story of Hope

After the death of his parents and the loss of his job, Michael was overcome with sorrow.

Michael's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Michael relapsed into alcohol, but wanted a way out. He came to us with a burning question, and his life depended on the answer.

With your help, Portland Rescue Mission provides food, shelter and life-saving recovery care to men, women and children in need.

Thank you for helping us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. You help us give hope.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Robert's Story of Hope

Robert is a machinist, making useful tools out of raw materials -- much like God has done for him.

Robert's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Robert came to us after years of drug use starting at age 13, he was incarcerated from age 15 to 18, then suffered severe medical problems and entered multiple detox programs for alcoholism. He lost his job, his home, his wife and his son.

After graduating from our New Life Recovery program, Robert is employed again and starting over. "A miracle has happened - I'm alive, I'm sober...the Mission saved my life."

Your donation today helps bring moms and kids back together and creates healthy families.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What Recovery Means To Them - Graduation Spring 2011

Thanks to friends like you, 18 men and women from our New Life Recovery Ministry celebrated graduations / transitions last month.

What Recovery Means To Them - Graduation Spring 2011 (Quicktime Version)



These courageous men and women are so grateful for the help they've received. Some have achieved their GED. Many are entering the workforce. They stand tall, embracing a healthy new life.

Several of our recent graduates are moms. Your support keeps families like theirs together, breaking the generational cycle of homelessness, addiction and abuse.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kesha's Story of Hope

"The day my children were taken away, it felt like my heart got ripped out.  I had a nervous breakdown," Kesha recalls.

Kesha's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Without compassion from friends like you, Kesha and her children would have been another devastating statistic. 

But theirs is a happy ending.

Your donation today helps bring moms and kids back together and creates healthy families.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Inside Portland Rescue Mission - James

James came to Portland Rescue Mission looking for a way to break free from drugs and alcohol.

Inside Portland Rescue Mission - James (Quicktime Version)



Long term, he hopes to attend culinary school and return to the Mission as a volunteer -- giving back to help people who are hurting.

We chatted with James as he helped prepare dinner for 300 of our homeless guests.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Birthday Party for the Homeless

Many homeless men and women watch their birthday come and go uncelebrated. But not this year.

Birthday Party for the Homeless (Quicktime Version)



On Wednesday, March 30th, we threw a birthday party for over 400 men and women in need.

Friends like you sent in over 500 birthday cards with caring handwritten notes. Our volunteer pastry chef, Lynn, made 400 incredibly delicious cupcakes. Fred Meyer provided gift bags filled with socks, fruit and other helpful items. K-Love 88.7 radio offered New Testament Bibles to anyone who desired one.

Your support brings hope to people who may feel lost and forgotten. Thanks.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ron's Story of Hope

Ron was scared. Without a job or apartment, he was alone on the streets of Portland -- homeless. He put up a tough front, but was never sure who he could trust.

Ron's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



But Ron found a way to change his life. In our New Life Recovery Ministry, he's addressed the root causes of addictions. He's connected with God in a way that gives his life meaning. He'll graduate soon with the support he needs to succeed.

Your support changes lives.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Larry's Story of Hope

Larry sat coughing on a cold, wet sidewalk. Bronchitis and fever weakened his body. He needed food, rest -- and hope.

Larry's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Stories like Larry's almost always start with hitting rock bottom. Then another hurting person turns to the Mission for help and a hot meal.

Your gift today gives hope when hurting men and women need it most. Thank you.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, February 28, 2011

Erin's Story of Hope

Erin was nearly 8 months pregnant -- and homeless. She knew her daughters could be taken from her and would do anything to keep that from happening.

Erin's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Thanks to friends like you, Erin found Shepherd's Door, the women and children's ministry center of Portland Rescue Mission. Today, she's a graduate of our New Life Recovery Ministry and our one-year GRAD job training program.

Your support changes lives.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, February 7, 2011

Richard's Story of Hope

"Music expresses what I feel inside."

Richard's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Richard is a songwriter. His songs tell the truth about where he's come from -- pain and addiction. But thanks to the support of friends like you, Richard's songs have an uplifting message, too.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Russel's Story of Hope

"I hid under my blanket. My eyes were open the whole night."

Russel's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Russel's first night on the streets was frightening. No job. No place to live. He knew he was capable of much more.

Thanks to friends like you, people like Russel have a way back to a safe, healthy, productive life. Your support gives them more than just a meal. More than a bed. You give HOPE.

Donate online at www.PortlandRescueMission.org or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).