Nonprofit Annual Report
A Year of Hope
Blanchet House 2021 Annual Report
2021 was a year of incredible impact thanks to Blanchet House's generous supporters. Behind every meal, sleeping bag, care kit, and night's shelter were volunteers, staff, and donors working hard with so much care and kindness. Thank you all.Download PDF
Blanchet House serves anyone who comes to our doors without judgment. Our hot meal program offers nutritious food to thousands of people experiencing homelessness or unable to cook for themselves.
Nights of Shelter
Two no-cost residential programs for men offer a safe place to live while on the path to self-sufficiency.
A Meal. A Home. A Future.
“A human being does not need just bread and water. You need human interaction just as much as shelter, as much as food and water and clothing.” –Manny C.
Manny C., 52, was a diner at Blanchet House of Hospitality before he came to live there. On his bike ride to work in Portland’s Old Town, he would swing by the cafe for a free hot breakfast served by friendly volunteers. He sometimes stopped again on his way home to enjoy dinner and conversation.
The nearby house in which Manny rented a room was not a suitable home. Infested with pests and violent roommates as well as a heavy presence of drugs, it was unsafe. It was all Manny could afford. He felt totally alone.
After six months of getting to know the welcoming staff at Blanchet House as a meal guest, Manny learned about the transitional housing offered in the rooms above the cafe. He was accepted into the residential program a year ago.
“I don’t know what I would be doing, I certainly could not have afforded to live somewhere else,” Manny said. “It would have been another shelter, or in the streets.”