About Us

Our Mission

To offer food, shelter and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. Assist the transformation of each life we touch with compassion and dignity.

Our Core Values

Hospitality  We welcome everyone into our home with kindness and compassion.
Dignity  We respect the inherent value of everyone inside and outside our organization.
Hope  We foster optimism and the belief that good things can happen when we work together.
Integrity  We are honest, reliable, and trustworthy.
Community  We build relationships and strive toward common goals.
Authenticity  We honor everyone’s right to be their unique self.

About Us

Blanchet (pronounced Blan-shāy) House is a nonprofit social services organization located in Old Town Portland. We make a difference, one relationship at a time, through food, clothing, and supportive housing programs. We serve anyone who comes to our doors without judgment because we believe everyone deserves dignity, hope, and community. 

Our Charitable Philosophy
In 1952, Blanchet House was founded by a group of University of Portland alumni as a “House of Hospitality” in the model of those established by the Catholic Worker Movement. Although we are not affiliated with any religious organization, the founders were rooted in the Catholic community. Blanchet House’s mission derives from Catholic social teaching principles, including honoring the dignity of every person, offering aid to the poor and vulnerable, and solidarity. Our board and staff include persons of various faiths, and we do not proselytize to our clients or guests.

Meal Program
We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week in our Founders Cafe. (During the COVID pandemic we are serving all meals to-go from our doors.) Nutritious hot meals are compassionately served by volunteers.

All are welcome to enjoy meals at Blanchet House without judgment. No questions asked.

Clothing Program
Clean clothing, hygiene items, and sleeping essentials are offered during most meal services. New and gently used adult-sized clothing is donated by individuals and businesses. We also have a dedicated clothing service on Saturdays.

Residential Programs
Blanchet House operates two transitional shelter programs for men struggling with addiction, unemployment, mental health, and other challenges. Blanchet House and Blanchet Farm are life renewal work programs in which all residents are required to contribute to the community by fulfilling essential roles in operations.

The guests living in the Blanchet House program in downtown Portland work in the kitchen preparing and serving food for the public. The men living at Blanchet Farm in Carlton, Oregon maintain a 62-acre farm, including animals, beehives, woodshop, and gardens.

Strategic Plan

Blanchet House’s three-year strategic plan was created through an inclusive process involving the Board of Directors, guests served, volunteers, community partners and staff. The goals and strategies reflect an integrated approach to fulfilling our mission as Blanchet House moves forward and continues to meet the needs of many.

Download 2020-2023 Strategic Plan


Equity Statement

Blanchet House of Hospitality’s (BHH) mission and core values embody our commitment to serving anyone in need with dignity and without discrimination or judgment. We recognize that our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are disproportionately impacted by socio-economic injustice.

We recognize that this injustice can lead to housing and food insecurity, creating the need for our programs. These BHH services, then, must exemplify our commitment to equity, ensuring that those most affected by an injustice have the necessary resources to live freely and fairly. BHH’s founding ideals prioritize each individual’s needs in order to meet all people we serve where they are.

Our commitment to advancing equity and justice in our community further inspires the BHH staff, volunteers, and board of directors to:

  • Be intentional in our work toward equity and inclusion.
  • Work toward a deeper understanding of the historical, systemic, and contemporary structures and actions of racism and other forms of discrimination, prejudice, and bias.
  • Achieve a great understanding of and work toward correcting our own implicit biases.
  • Continually identify inequities, eliminate barriers, and innovate our practices to better serve our clients’ experiences and needs.
  • Staying engaged in the pursuit of equity and consistently seeking to repair and improve our understanding, practices, and services where we fall short.

Look What We Found

Blanchet House co-founder, Jim O’Hanlon Sr., discovered this vintage coin collection can in his basement. In the 1960s, Blanchet House staff put these cans in Portland area bars to raise money to feed and house those in need. It’s hard to believe that Blanchet House has been solely funded by individual donations since 1952. We receive no government or archdiocese funding. A small contribution goes a long way at Blanchet House of Hospitality.

Read more history on our 70th Anniversary page

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