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An Inside Look at Volunteering with Blanchet House

Take a look at volunteering with Blanchet House to see why so many people discover a meaningful way to lend a hand. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve hot meals, sort clothing donations, and pack care kits. You can sign up for a 1.5-hour volunteer shift, Mon-Sat. You can volunteer once a month, once a week, or once a year. It’s up to you.

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Blanchet House Voted to Top Three Most Admired Nonprofits in Oregon

Business leaders ranked Blanchet House in the top three of Portland Business Journal’s 2021 Most Admired Nonprofits in Oregon list. We are honored that our work to alleviate suffering and offer a path out of homelessness has been recognized. We strive to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve each day.

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Christmas Day meals in Portland Oregon

Where to Eat for Free on Christmas Day

Places offering FREE hot meals on Christmas Day in Portland. Blanchet House does not serve meals on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day so that our shelter residents can enjoy a day of rest.

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No Kitchen Means No Hot Food for Homeless with SNAP

If you’re experiencing homelessness, sometimes the only way to eat a hot meal is to visit a charity meal provider. SNAP, also called EBT or food stamps, is a federal program that provides money to low-income people to buy food. But, prepared foods like sandwiches, items from a hot bar, or meals from restaurants are not allowed under the program. This puts people unable to cook because of disabilities or homelessness at a huge disadvantage. 

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Water for homeless in Portland during heat wave

Heat Relief: Water and Cooling Centers

Blanchet House volunteers offer cold drinks, water bottles, water misters, and care kits to help people find relief from the heat. People who come to our door can receive water refills for themselves and their pets.

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I used your services 17 years ago as a pregnant teen

I came to Blanchet House for food in 2004 when I was a homeless and pregnant teen. It was nice to find somewhere I could get the real food I needed while being pregnant versus convenient cold food from various stores. There was a long line to get inside, but people saw my pregnant belly and let me go ahead of them.

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Emily Harrington Health Clinic COVID-19 vaccine clinic 2021

Walk-Up Outdoor COVID Vaccine Clinic for the Homeless and Temporarily Sheltered

On June 23, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blanchet House will host an outdoor walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people experiencing homelessness or staying in shelters. The event will be operated by the Harrington Health Clinic and University of Portland School of Nursing in the parking lot next to Blanchet House. Nurses will administer doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine provided by Multnomah County Health Department. 

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Portland Pride Month

Blanchet House Celebrates Pride Month

Happy Pride! This month we celebrate and honor our LGBTQ+ community! Blanchet House of Hospitality is a safe and supportive place where everyone is welcome and encouraged to be their authentic self. Portland will celebrate all month long with COVID-19 cautious events throughout the city. While there will be no Portland Pride Waterfront Festival this year due to COVID-19 there are virtual and in-person events listed on Portland Pride’s website. Visit our friends at Portland’s Q Center for resources and connections.

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Volunteer serves a meal to a guest in Blanchet House of Hospitality's cafe.

When Will Indoor Dining Resume at Blanchet House?

Although Blanchet House has been very successful serving to-go meals during the pandemic, we miss welcoming guests inside the Founder’s Café. While COVID-19 safety restrictions are easing in our area, Blanchet House will not be able to invite people indoors to dine until we are allowed to serve at 100% seating capacity. Reduced seating rules cause great anxiety and stress for our guests waiting in line to eat. We want to be able to serve hundreds of people equitably within a one-hour meal service and accommodate guests who need extra time to enjoy their food. Limited seating combined with enforced mask-wearing and vaccination verification makes it impossible to safely and hospitably serve food indoors.

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Student nurses from the University of Portland administer a flu vaccination to a man experiencing homelessness during an outdoor clinic held at Blanchet House in Oct. 2020.

Outdoor COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for People Experiencing Homelessness

On May 19, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blanchet House will host an outdoor walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people experiencing homelessness or staying in shelters. The event will be operated by the Harrington Health Clinic and University of Portland School of Nursing in the parking lot next to Blanchet House. Nurses will have 150 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine provided by Multnomah County available to administer. 

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Harrington Health Clinic Opens Inside Blanchet House

Portland’s smallest nurse-led health clinic is open inside Blanchet House. The Harrington Health Clinic was founded by Emily Harrington, RN, PMHNP, and Dr. Kelly Fox, RN, with the University of Portland School of Nursing. They provide primary care to the residents of Blanchet House and people experiencing homelessness.

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