PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cold weather is upon us and the holidays are just around the corner but for thousands of people facing life on the street, it’s a season of despair.
That’s why KOIN partnered with the Portland Rescue Mission to host a telethon on October 10 to help people in need.
Throughout the course of the Portland Rescue Mission telethon on KOIN, nearly 3000 nights of shelter were added along with more than 17,000 meals.
Phone lines will be open through the weekend and a half-hour Portland Rescue Mission Telethon special will air at 10:30 p.m. October 12 on KOIN 6.
Donate to the Portland Rescue Mission
For hundreds of people, the road to recovery starts with a warm meal at the Portland Rescue Mission.
“They’re going to get eye contact, they’re going to be welcomed and they’ll be surrounded by a community of people who care about them,” Mike Decken on the Portland Rescue Mission said.
At the West Burnside shelter, many of the people getting help are women and children — many of whom are re-directed to the safe residential space. More than 80% of women who graduate from the program are sober and productive three years later.
The Portland Rescue Mission says that all starts with a warm meal and a safe place to stay.
The mission serves 330,000 meals a year and provides shelter for 300 men, women and children a night.
A gift of $12 a month can provide shelter, meals, showers, clothes and other care for someone.