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 downtown Portland.  We provide food, clothing, and housing programs to people in need.  We believe it is our responsibility to offer assistance in whatever way we can.

In 1952, Blanchet House was founded by a group of University of Portland students 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, our founders are rooted in the Catholic community. Our 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. Our nutritious meals are compassionately served to our guests by volunteers. All are welcome to enjoy meals here. No questions asked. Thanks to generous financial and food donors we were able to provide more than 500,000 meals to people without reliable access to food last year.

Clothing Program
New and gently used adult-sized clothing is donated by individuals and businesses. We sort the clothing with help from volunteers and make it 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 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 our operations. 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.

Our 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


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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