FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As a House of Hospitality, it is our mission to offer food, shelter, and aid to people in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. We welcome and serve meals to everyone with compassion and dignity. Join our loving community as a guest, a volunteer, a resident, a donor, or a supporter.

DONATING

How do I donate clothing?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are being very careful with accepting clothing donations. If you would like to donate clothing, please reach out to info@blanchethouse.org before starting a clothing collection. 

Donate Clothing Page

How do I donate food?

We accept large quantities of fresh, unexpired, and soon-to-expire food. Learn how we are helping to feed those in need while protecting our environment from needless waste. Do you have questions about food donation liability?

  • Most fruits, vegetables, meats, dry goods, and spices are needed in bulk.
  • We cannot accept partially eaten or served catered meals. Catered trays must be unopened and unserved.

Pick up or delivery should be arranged by calling 503-241-4340.

How can I donate money?

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization we rely on the generosity of donors like you to operate our services to the community. Your donation will go to fund our meal and housing programs. There are many ways to donate.

Ways to donate

How do I donate sack lunches?

This is a fun and meaningful project to do at home with your kids or friends. You can make as few as 10 or as many as 100 lunches containing a sandwich, piece of fruit, and wrapped snack.

Please choose a date from our sign up calendar.

How do I donate care kits?

Pack care kits containing essential items for people experiencing homelessness.

Get care kit instructions.

How do I change my automatic monthly donation?

Please call or email our Development Coordinator Emily Reiling at ereiling@blanchethouse.org or 503-241-4340.

VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Sign up using our quick and easy online scheduling software.

Is there a minimum age requirement to volunteer?

Yes, you must be 14 or older to volunteer. For more details, please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org

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I need to perform court-mandated volunteer service. Can I volunteer?

We do not accept court-mandated volunteers unless enrolled in a certified program. Please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org

I need to perform service hours for school. Can I volunteer?

Yes. You must bring all paperwork to your scheduled service date.  Please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org prior to your service.

What safety protocols have you enacted to lessen the spread of COVID-19?

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy all volunteers, visitors, staff, and residents must follow COVID-19 safety protocols carefully. These protocols follow the most current CDC recommendations. As you know, there are members of our community who fall into high-risk health categories so we need to be extremely cautious.

Read all of our COVID-19 safety protocols

Do I need to wear a mask if I come to volunteer?

Yes. All visitors, volunteers, residents, and staff members must wear masks at ALL times. Safety is of our utmost priority at Blanchet and we want you to be safe and healthy too. We have a limited number of masks to provide volunteers so please bring your own. 

Volunteer safety protocols.

What do I do if I have a last-minute conflict and I can’t make it to my volunteer shift?

Please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org immediately. Please try to give us 24 hours notice if you can. 

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Can I bring friends or family to volunteer with me?

Every volunteer must fill out a profile on our website, read all safety protocols, and sign waivers ahead of service. We can only accommodate 12 volunteers per meal service so it’s essential that everyone sign up prior to arrival. Please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org with further questions.

Anyone not signed up to volunteer will be turned away at the door. Thank you for your understanding.

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MEAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS

What time do you serve meals?

We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week. Everyone is welcome to stop by our food and drink windows. 

Monday to Saturday, Closed Sunday
310 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon

Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Meal Services Page

What kind of food do you serve?

Our professional chefs prepare delicious, balanced hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch is sometimes a bagged sandwich with other items.

  • All ingredients are donated or purchased from the Oregon Food Bank.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary restrictions because we do not have the capacity to make a variety of meals.
  • You are welcome to get in line for more servings. There is no limit.
  • Everyone is served the same plate of food to ensure equity.

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CLOTHING QUESTIONS

Where can I get clothing, a blanket, a tent or tarp?

Individuals needing clothing or other essential items can ask during one of our three daily meal services. We do not always have needed items but we will check. You can also ask when we might be giving items away.

 

Other resources:

Transition Projects, Inc.

Location: 650 NW Irving St., a few blocks from Blanchet House

Phone: (503) 280-4700

Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 8 am – 4 pm

Services:

  • Clothing
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Mailboxes
  • Shelter
  • Next Step Program for Women 503-906-7690

 

Portland Rescue Mission

Location: 111 W Burnside St, a few blocks from Blanchet House

Phone: (503) 906-7690

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Services:

  • Clothing, Tues & Thurs, sign up before noon.
  • Blankets, 9:30 pm, 7 days a week,
  • Bathrooms, 24-hours
  • Women’s Transitional Housing, M, W, F interviews 2 pm
  • Men’s Emergency Shelter

Donate Clothing Page

How do I donate clothing?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are being very careful with accepting clothing donations. If you would like to donate clothing, please reach out to info@blanchethouse.org before starting a clothing collection. 

Donate Clothing Page

SHELTER PROGRAM QUESTIONS

How do I get into Blanchet House?

Requirements for entry

  • Phone interview with a Case Manager
  • Negative U/A test (except THC)
  • Willingness to lead a life free of drugs and alcohol
  • Willingness to follow residential program requirements and expectations
  • Ability to perform duties in kitchen/dining and residential facilities
  • In-person interview with residential program manager
  • Background check free of sex offenses/arson/recent violent offenses (convictions/pending charges)
  • Complete a 3-day working trial

PLEASE NOTE: We are not a detox, medical or treatment facility.

Please call 971-337-8747 to speak with a case manager.

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How can my brother, son, or someone else get into your programs?

Anyone interested in joining our men’s housing program must call our case managers for a phone screening.

Blanchet Farm 503-852-6626 or 971-337-8745

Blanchet House 971-337-8747

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Do you provide shelter for women and families?

Our two transitional housing programs are for men only. Women or families in need of shelter are encouraged to contact one of the following locations.

 

Other resources:

Transition Projects, Inc.

Location: 650 NW Irving St., a few blocks from Blanchet House

Phone: (503) 280-4700

Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 8 am – 4 pm

Services:

  • Emergency shelter sign ups
  • Next Step Program for Women 503-906-7690

 

Portland Rescue Mission

Location: 111 W Burnside St, a few blocks from Blanchet House

Phone: (503) 906-7690

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Services:

  • Women’s Transitional Housing, M, W, F interviews 2 pm

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter

Location: 30 SW 2nd Ave, a few blocks from Blanchet House

Phone: (503) 227-0810

Hours: unknown

How much does it cost to live at Blanchet House?

It is free. Thanks to generous donors we provide the following:

  • shared room
  • all meals
  • all toiletries
  • clothing
  • laundry and soap
  • bus passes
  • computers
  • tv and recreation

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How many people live at Blanchet House?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are being very careful with accepting new residents into our programs. Please contact our Case Manager Kristi Katzke at 503-241-4340.

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Can I have a job and live at Blanchet House?

During the first 90 days, all residents work six days a week at their assigned tasks onsite. After successfully completing 90 days residents can look for work away from the House while continuing to live, eat, and attend meetings there.

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Can I use drugs or drink alcohol and live at Blanchet House?

Blanchet House is a strict sober program. We do not allow cannabis, kratom, or any controlled substances to be consumed while a resident of our program. Prescription medications must be approved by our case managers.

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Can I use drugs or drink alcohol and live at Blanchet House?

Blanchet House is a strict sober program. We do not allow cannabis, kratom, or any controlled substances to be consumed while a resident of our program. Prescription medications must be approved by our case managers.

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BLANCHET FARM QUESTIONS

How do I get into Blanchet Farm?

Requirements for entry

  • Phone interview with Case Manager and Farm Manager
  • Willingness to lead a life free of drugs and alcohol
  • Willingness to follow program requirements and expectations
  • Ability to perform moderate farm work
  • Must attend AA or NA meetings
  • Background check free of sex offenses/arson/recent violent offenses (convictions/pending charges)

PLEASE NOTE: We are not a detox, medical or treatment facility.

Please call 503-852-6626 or 971-337-8745 to speak with a case manager.

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Can I use drugs or drink alcohol at Blanchet Farm?

Blanchet Farm is a strict sober program. We do not allow cannabis, kratom, or any controlled substances to be consumed while a resident of our program. Prescription medications must be approved by our case managers.

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How much does it cost to live at Blanchet Farm?

It is free. Thanks to generous donors we provide the following:

  • shared room
  • all meals
  • toiletries
  • clothing
  • laundry and soap
  • bus passes
  • computers
  • tv and recreation

More information

Can I have a job and live at Blanchet Farm?

During the first 90 days, all residents work six days a week at their assigned tasks onsite. After successfully completing 90 days residents can look for work off the farm while continuing to live, eat, and attend meetings there.

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What kind of work do residents do at the farm?

All residents work six days a week in one of the following areas:

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What kind of animals are at Blanchet Farm?

Pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, and cats are kept at the farm for therapeutic purposes. Residents of the farm program care for the animals.

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Can I bring my pet or car?

No, for the health and safety of all our residents we do not allow pets to accompany you.

No, we do not have space to store vehicles or to provide parking.

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