A safe space to stay warm every night, all winter long.
The North Portland Winter Shelter is a seasonal, low-barrier, overnight shelter for up to 50 people—including men, women, and couples 18 years and older— experiencing homelessness. The shelter will be open from 8:00pm until 6:00am nightly beginning Monday, November 4th through the morning of Wednesday, April 1st.
With Community Support Via
Community Collaboration opportunities
This is one of those “it takes a village” kind of projects- and we know that faith communities, organizations, and neighbors in North Portland can be particularly awesome at working together to share the load. This winter we get the chance to do just that. Check out the details below and then make plans with your family, your congregation, your work group, or your circle of friends to show up in the coming months. For questions or ideas of other ways to serve connect with our Volunteer Coordination Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rise with the sun and come scrub and sweep for an hour so that shelter staff can spend time forming meaningful relationships with participants and ultimately, connect them with needed services and permanent housing opportunities.
We’ll provide all cleaning supplies and instructions. Focus areas include two single-occupancy bathrooms, a (tiny) kitchen and common gathering area, and the sleeping space.
When: Tuesday and Friday mornings, 6 AM- 7AM
Once a week the sleeping space transforms into another type of sanctuary- the kind with chairs and church folks- and the shelter staff could use a hand moving cots into storage, setting up chairs, sweeping up, and scrubbing things down.
We’ll provide all cleaning supplies and instructions. Focus areas include two single-user bathrooms, a (tiny) kitchen and common gathering area, and moving cots out of and chairs into the sleeping space.
When: Sunday mornings, 6 AM- 8AM
*note that every 4th Sunday includes a Community Meal as well
Isolation can be debilitating- for any of us. For the participants and even the staff of the North Portland Winter Shelter these twice monthly community meals not only provide an extra boost of nutrition, but vital, genuine human connection too! So we gather, we eat, we share stories, and work side-by-side to serve one another.
When: Community Dinners- 2nd Sunday evenings, 6 PM- 8 PM
Community Breakfasts- 4th Sunday mornings, 6 AM- 8 AM
Thanks to a very generous community partnership with Blue Sky Eco Laundry/Lavendria this year we expect to able to keep the cost of regularly laundering all participant blankets MUCH lower than past efforts. Do Good Multnomah’s budget includes paying a portion of this expense, however we are excited to offer the community the chance to step-up to help round out the cost of this investment of time, supplies, and resources.
$25 Every Load
Hot Water Wash | Hot Dry | Detergent | Staff Time
Raise $2,500 to do 100 loads of laundry!
100 Loads of Blankets
Any additional funds raised will be used to directly support and encourage participants and staff, either this winter season or in the future. All donations are 100% tax-deductible through the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization AllOne Community Services, EIN 27-1632045. You will be provided an email receipt at the time of your donation.
If you, or your organization, would prefer to write a check, payable to the North Portland Winter Shelter and then send it to:
North Portland Winter Shelter
c/o Portsmouth Union Church
4784 N Lombard St, PMB #203
Portland, OR 97203
Frequently Asked Questions
- The North Portland Winter Shelter is a temporary, seasonal, low-barrier
overnight shelter for up to 50 people—including men, women, and couple—
- The shelter will operate from November 4, 2019 until April 1, 2020.
- This program staffed and supported by Do Good Multnomah, and housed at
Portsmouth Union Church.
- The shelter will be open from 8:00pm until 6:00am nightly.
- The shelter will operate on a referral basis and there will be no lining up outside the shelter.
- Address: 4775 N Lombard Street, Portland
- Men, women, and couples 18 and older.
- A referral must be made by either another community partner or by a participant themselves. Beginning Friday, November 1st at 9am the Do Good Referal Line will begin placing referrals on a waitlist. North Portland residents will receive priority placement on this list.
- Referral Line Number: (503) 490-0285
- One large sleeping area
- Single cots with blankets and space for personal belongings
- A space for coffee, tea, and light snacks
- Occasional meals served by community partners
- Two single-occupancy restrooms
- On-site shelter staff can provide information, referral, and support services, including housing, health, and income resources.
- Yes. Guests will be able to bring animals that are well behaved, safe, and
- The owner of the animal is responsible for keeping their pet on a leash or in a
crate, caring for, feeding, and cleaning up after the animal.
- Be Respectful
- Be a good neighbor
- Disruptive, threatening, and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated
- No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, hate-speech
- Be Safe
- No smoking inside
- No possession or use of alcohol, drugs or weapons
- Be Kind
- Don’t steal, destroy property, or litter in or around the shelter
- Volunteers and Donations: Both are welcome!
Contact our staff at 503.490.0285 for details about what is most needed.
- 24-hour shelter staff line: Onsite staff can be reached at 503.490.0285
- Weekdays: Andy Goebel, North Portland Winter Shelter Manager, 503.528.6628