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Mental illness has a significant presence on the streets of Portland. And where on any given evening will you find homeless folks with mental health issues? You’ll find them at Nightwatch. We not only provide a safe space for them, but we also provide a human connection. If there is anyone who is likely to feel socially isolated, it is someone who by their “odd” behavior and “word-salad” efforts at communication are shunned by those who judge them “nutty” or “scary.”

we need to be doing more. While it doesn’t demand much of us to listen to V—‘s stories, or when someone like K—comes in with her mental health emergency having escalated into a medical one, we simply have not the skills to fully respond.  Resistant to seeking any treatment herself, wouldn’t it be great if we could bring treatment to her?

Nightwatch does good work. In the past few years we have expanded our hospitality-infused services beyond Portland’s downtown homeless to sites in other parts of the city. We have brought volunteer nurses on board so our guests can have their most basic medical needs met. We have helped launch independent endeavors to serve homeless people in other communities outside Portland. But if there’s a remaining way we could more fully serve our guests it would be to do this: to provide access to a mental health professional at our Hospitality Centers so that the there can be someone to help “in the moment” as crises occur.

 

 

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That’s why we especially seek your support of Operation Nightwatch as we look ahead.  This is the year of Nightwatch’s Mental Health Initiative, a significant addition to our program to provide the resources necessary to walk them through their crises. If there is no one else to do it, we will.

Thanks for your support of Operation Nightwatch. Please help us continue our good work.