A Meal.

A Home.

A Future.

Blanchet House serves anyone who comes to our doors without judgment. We believe everyone deserves food, clothes, community, and hope.

On a mission to alleviate suffering and offer hope for a better life by serving essential aid with dignity.

What We Do

Blanchet House Hot Meals

Hot Meals

The Founders Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Saturday. We serve freshly prepared, well-balanced meals to anyone who comes to our doors during meal hours.

Blanchet Farm chickens home

Farm Program

Blanchet Farm, located one hour outside Portland, is a men’s transitional residential program that offers an opportunity to build a healthier sober life in a rural setting.

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House Program

The downtown Portland residential program offers a free safe space to recover and refocus for 8 months. Through dignity and respect, we help you build towards the life you want.

Our Story

Blanchet House was founded in 1952 by a group of University of Portland alumni as a house of hospitality in the model of those established by the Catholic Worker Movement.

It started with a simple mission to offer food to the unemployed in Old Town. Since then, Blanchet has grown to provide clothing, hygiene items, community, and transitional recovery programs to thousands of people every year downtown and at a farm.

Blanchet House line for meal

Ways to Help


Compassionate people aged 14 and older are needed to serve meals, sort clothing, and more. Easily sign up online.

donate to Blanchet House


Your financial support makes a powerful difference in the lives of the people in need of Blanchet’s life-sustaining services.

Care Kits Kids Blanchet House


Help our guests experiencing homelessness from your home. Make toiletry care kits, sack lunches, or collect clothing and sleeping essentials.


“How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.”

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Ban of homelessness, Nurse Emily Harrington volunteers to aide a woman in pain on the sidewalk outside Blanchet House.

A Ban on Homelessness, But No Safety Net in Place

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We’re all scared, but we don’t have to be if we fund dignified services for the most vulnerable in our community. A Portland ban on homelessness will put people already…
Work helps formerly homeless man John in his recovery

Work Helps Formerly Homeless Man in Recovery

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The healing power of work transformed John Andersson's life and helped him gain sobriety after a stint of homelessness and hopelessness. Blanchet House's unique work-based program helps the homeless in…
homeless man next to tent in old town

Ending Chronic Homelessness Will Require More than Housing 

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An individual's homelessness can be caused by more than a lack of affordable housing. Tailored care and support paired with appropriate housing is needed for many people experiencing chronic homelessness.…

Foot Care for Homeless

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Nurses at Blanchet House hosted a pop-up foot care clinic dedicated to healing the feet of people experiencing homelessness.

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We make a difference, one relationship at a time, through food, clothing, and supportive housing programs.


We welcome and serve meals to everyone with compassion and dignity. Join as a guest, a volunteer, a resident, a donor, or a supporter.


There are many people in immediate need of food, clothing, access to hygiene, shelter, community, and hope.


Your gift will help stabilize lives by providing meals, transitional housing, and other vital services to vulnerable individuals and families.