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.”

WHO WE ARE

Blanchet (pronounced Blan-shay) House is a nonprofit social services organization located in downtown Portland. We provide food, clothing and housing programs to people in need. We believe we have a responsibility to offer assistance in whatever way we can. We are not affiliated with any religious organizations though our founders are rooted in the Catholic community.

Meal Program
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week in our Founders Cafe. Our nutritious meals are compassionately served to our guests by volunteers. Our mission is to serve all with dignity and respect. All are welcome to enjoy meals here. No questions asked. Thanks to generous financial and food donors we were able to provide 353,000 meals last year.

Clothing Program
New and gently used clothing is donated from individuals and businesses. We sort the clothing with volunteer help and make the clothing available to our guests during meal services.

Residential Programs
We operate two transitional shelter programs for men struggling with addiction, unemployment, mental health and other barriers. In exchange for room, board and case management, our residents perform volunteer work to aid the mission. The guests living in the Blanchet House program in downtown Portland work in the Founders Cafe preparing and serving food for the public. The men living in the Blanchet Farm program in Carlton, Oregon maintain the 62-acre farm, including animal husbandry, gardening and woodworking.

For the safety of all, our resident guests must follow rules, meet expectations, and abstain from using drugs or alcohol while living with us.

OUR HISTORY

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.