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Why Night Strike
Night Strike is a unique opportunity for people to gather under the Burnside Bridge (in Portland, Oregon) on the park side of Naito Parkway every Thursday night and love people because people matter. It’s an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a hair cut, shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced. It is also a chance for you to come down and share in the experience, help serve the needs of the homeless in our community, and more importantly, invest in lives and build relationships with the people you meet.

(MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “BEYOND THE BRIDGE” AS THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT).


Why People
Night Strike simply loves people, because people matter.
People like Los, who got released from jail and show up under the Bridge because he had no place to go.  In less than a year, Los went from being homeless to working for a non-profit that provides showers for the homeless.

 

People like Gary, who is celebrating 80+ days of sobriety.  Who went from being homeless to a rehab program, got a job and bought a car.  He’s technically no longer homeless, but he still comes under the Bridge to check in and say hi to his friends.

 

People like the hundreds of volunteers who come to Night Strike, hoping to make a change in someone else’s life, only to have their own life changed.  Those who have never talked to someone who was homeless, heard the stories of brokenness and walk away wanting to love and serve more.

(MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “BEYOND THE BRIDGE” AS THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT).


Why me
People like me.  Who show up under the Bridge once and can’t stop showing up again and again.  Most nights I come home from the Bridge with so much love in my heart, I’m feel like a fountain, just overflowing.  Being under the bridge is like constantly being refined, pushed and stretched.  Living in a city with the highest homeless population in the US can leave you feeling hopeless.  But showing up faithfully every Thursday reminds me daily that I serve a God that is fighting for justice and is telling a story of redemption here in Portland.  That everyone I see in my life is loved by God, who am I to withhold anything from them. I pray every night for safety and to feel God’s heart for my friends. So far, I haven’t left the Bridge at night without feeling His heartbreak and His overwhelming love for both the volunteers and our guests.

(MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “BEYOND THE BRIDGE” AS THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT).


Why $27,000

Night Strike’s mission is to provide relief, mobilization and transformation.  With an extra $27,000 we can build a mobile medical clinic, provide additional services like: dental and veterinarian services (in addition to medical support) as well as training for volunteers to walk with guests through the process of transformation, all while being transformed themselves.

I’m on a mission to make this happen.  $27,000K by August 27, 2013.  My Golden 27th Birthday.

Want to join me on this mission?

(MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “BEYOND THE BRIDGE” AS THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT).