Note: We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days so our residents can spend time with their families and rest.

If you would like to volunteer in 2018 we ONLY have breakfast shifts available.

Step 1. Create a volunteer profile. Step 2. Choose breakfast, lunch or dinner from the volunteer calendar.

About Volunteering 

We welcome you to serve meals, plate food or bus tables in our Founders Cafe. Our public dining room is a clean and safe environment where anyone in need of a meal can find one without judgment. We are dedicated to serving all of our guests with dignity and respect.

Please note: 

  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.
  • We can only accommodate up to 12 volunteers per meal service. If you have a larger group email us at
  • We cannot accommodate court ordered service at this time.
  • Volunteer shifts fill up quickly so please plan ahead.
  • We do not allow photos of our meal guests or residents. We respect the privacy of all residents and guests.
  • Groups must fill out group sign up form
  • All volunteers must sign a waiver and provide emergency contact

Long time volunteer, Linda Wabs, explains why she gives back in our Founders Cafe.

Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps Volunteer Emily Reiling serves the homeless at Blanchet House in downtown Portland_credit Julie Showers

Our Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Emily Reiling our Volunteer Coordinator and a Jesuit Volunteer/Americorps member. Emily is a recent graduate of Villanova University and new Portland resident. She will spend the next year welcoming, scheduling and training our volunteers.


Questions? Please email us at

bags of donated clothing Portland

New Volunteer Opportunity!

We need volunteers to sort through bags of donated clothes. Clothing that cannot be used by the men in our programs need to be redistributed to other organizations.

Estimated Time: 1 hour
Choose a volunteer window: 9:00 to 10:00am or 2:00 to 3:00pm   Click here to sign up.