PORTLAND — The nonprofit Portland Rescue Mission has earned a prestigious designation as a “Best Christian Workplace” through an independent evaluation by the national Best Christian Workplaces Institute, based in Mercer Island, Wash.
The certification provides positive reassurance to those involved with Portland Rescue Mission, which includes giving hope through emergency food and shelter services, and restoring life through recovery programs for men and women. Through a highly relational ministry approach, Portland Rescue Mission serves 330,000 meals, provides 75,000 shelter nights, and distributes 380 tons of donated goods to people in need, while helping hundreds each year with recovery support.
` “The results provide external validation to our belief that providing Christ-like services requires a Christ-like work environment,” said Eric Bauer, executive director of Portland Rescue Mission. “The certification process helps us understand our strengths and identify areas where we can improve as we support the thousands in our community who suffer from homelessness and addiction.”
Portland Rescue Mission is the only Christian workplace in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area among 128 organizations to have earned the Best Christian Workplace designation this year. More than 250 organizations participated in the qualifying survey, which addresses eight essential health factors ranging from teamwork and leadership to communications and life-giving work. Results were evaluated in comparison to 300,000 staff members from 800 Christian workplaces, such as churches, schools, camps, media and nonprofits.
Formed in 1949, Portland Rescue Mission serves needy men, women and children in need, giving hope through meals, rest and safety, and restoring life through recovery, training and community. The mission is a faith-based nonprofit supported by 30,000 dedicated donors and 1,000 caring volunteers, working in close coordination with other public and private resources, and churches of many denominations. More information is at www.portlandrescuemission.org