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Renovated facility helps mission expand capacity to aid homeless

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PORTLAND — In the past year, 56 people died while living on the streets of Multnomah County, and 85 percent of those deaths were men. Portland Rescue Mission seeks to end this tragic cycle and has completed renovations at The Harbor, its men’s recovery facility in Northeast Portland.
The facility at 10336 N.E. Wygant St. can house up to 40 men. They began occupying the updated facility early last month.. “There are many aspects to homelessness, including addiction and brokenness, which can lead to a destructive lifestyle,” said Eric Bauer, the mission’s executive director. “The Harbor is a place for men to deal with those core issues in a safe environment, while also learning the life skills necessary to venture back into society and succeed.”
Renovations began last fall, made possible by a US Bank sponsorship that provided $700,000 of Affordable Housing Program funds supplied by financial institutions. An additional $325,000 was donated in labor, materials and construction by the Home Builders Foundation, led by builder captain Nathan D. Young Construction, in addition to several members of Home Builders Association. Other gifts came from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Tosoh Quartz, Inc, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust.
The Harbor, formerly known as Next Step, provides a 12-month residential recovery program with addictions recovery, spiritual renewal and life skills, including counseling, education and vocational training. All services are free of cost to the residents thanks to compassionate support from the public.
The men’s recovery program was formerly at the mission’s Burnside Shelter in downtown Portland. The Harbor opening enables the mission to expand capacity at Burnside, increasing care services such as meals and shelter for homeless men and women.
Since 1949, the mission has provided hope to homeless men, women and children. It serves up to 950 meals a day year-round. Its New Life Programs include addictions recovery, spiritual renewal, and life skills for men and women. Up to 42 women and their children live together and journey through recovery at Shepherd’s Door in northeast Portland.