A man walks past a homeless camp in Portland along the Willamette River directly across from the Moda Center, 2020.

Portland’s Homelessness Crisis: One Man’s Path Out

“You saved my life over and over again when I was sick and down and out,” Sean wrote. “You cared enough to feed me when I was cold, wet, and dangerous. Thank you for caring. Thank God that I am alive and housed and working now. There are so many people with dual diagnosis camped out on the street. When you take those two together [mental illness and addiction] you have a mess on your hands. I couldn’t recognize my disorder at the time. It took a lot of help to get me to where I am today.”

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Food Rescue Food Waste Video How to Rescue Food Zero Waste Kitchen

Food Rescue Feeds Community and Helps Environment

America has a serious food waste problem and Blanchet House has a system to solve it! We’re a one-of-a-kind charity kitchen serving hundreds of people delicious meals daily thanks in part to food rescued from local grocery stores. All food scraps and leftovers are then taken to Blanchet Farm for the pigs to eat.

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People wait in line for a free meal at Blanchet House in Portland.

Small Acts of Kindness Help Homeless Survive

There is a way for everyone to help alleviate suffering in their community from volunteering to donating money. A seemingly small act of service can help improve someone’s situation, get them on their feet, and give hope for better days to com

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Jay Mac Exit Interview Blanchet House

Success Story: Moving On After Making Change

“A long time ago I didn’t have hope but now I do,” says departing and much loved Blanchet House resident, Jay Mac. You may remember Jay as a superstar cafe host who was featured in a KGW television news segment with Joey Harrington in 2018. Jay gained recognition from the

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Blanchet House resident Curtiss Goodwin welcomes a meal guest to the cafe.

Rebuilding His Life by Helping Others

If you have visited our café recently, you will notice there are a few changes that make the room feel even more welcoming. Decorative pumpkins line our windows, soy sauce packets are put on the table, and guests who knock on our windows after meal service receive a sandwich brought

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Men cook at Blanchet House as part of the life-rebuilding shelter program.

Finding Life After Prison at Blanchet House

After 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, Danté Farmer is free to create his future. Without any physical barriers, the Portland native is finding personal success working as Blanchet House’s assistant cook, an expert gang witness and a minister.  When released from prison, his attorneys thought Blanchet House would be a

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“I want my kids in my life so I must recover.”

Brian B. grew up in what he calls the “armpit of California”— the Mojave Desert region. It was an economically depressed area and there weren’t many job opportunities which resulted in the prevalence of crime, drugs and gangs. “I had my first gun pulled on me when I was 15,”

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Clint Blanchet House resident cooking

Forgiving Yourself is the Hardest Kind of Forgiveness

  “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Clint asks while reflecting on his journey to sobriety. For Clint, and for thousands like him, his addiction stems from both a genetic predisposition and past trauma. “I had a dysfunctional family. My mom suffers from schizophrenia. She had a schizophrenic

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Rebecca Cranor Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Cranor

Of the eighteen meals Blanchet House serves every week, only two are always the same: spaghetti for Wednesday dinners and pizza for Saturday lunches. These meals are consistently the most-attended of the week, with guests coming from near and far to dine on Blanchet House’s homemade red sauce and pizza

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Scott Kerman Volunteering_Blanchet House

Filling Our Cups With Service

By Scott Kerman “How do you do it?” That’s what I asked a volunteer who comes again and again in the morning to serve breakfast despite her very busy personal and professional life. She responded, “It fills my cup.” “That’s perfect,” I replied. Blanchet House fills our cups. It’s why

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How JD Got His Spark Back

“I lost my restaurants and catering business after the crash of 2008,” JD says. “Then my mom got sick. I moved in to take care of her. I had a lot of time on my hands and started drinking. I was depressed. I just lost my spark.” JD’s mother and

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