Portland Rescue Mission


Portland Rescue Mission offers emergency services of food and shelter at our original downtown location at the Burnside Shelter. And we've expanded those services to include 24/7 restrooms, showers, clothing, mail service, referrals and community activities in the Guest Care Center.

Thanks to generous community support, we've expanded our ministry to include a wide range of programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and help them toward their journey home. This includes our 3-month Connect program for men and women, and our New Life Ministries for men and women at The Harbor and Shepherd's Door, respectively.

Portland Rescue Mission also includes our Drive Away Hunger car sales and donations program and Mission Bar-B-Que catering. Proceeds support all of our programs to give hope and restore life to hurting people in need.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Portland Rescue Mission
P.O. Box 3713
Portland , 97208-3713

Website: portlandrescuemission.org/

Phone: (503-647-7466)

Email: info@pdxmission.org

Organization details

EIN: 930429004

CEO/President: Eric Bauer

Chairman: Tim Lang

Board size: 7

Founder: John Van Diest Sr.

Year founded: 1949

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Portland Rescue Mission gives hope and restores life to men, women, and children suffering in homelessness, addiction, hunger, and abuse. Our various centers are located in Portland, Oregon.

Mission statement

Portland Rescue Mission's faith-based ministry expresses the love of Jesus Christ by offering compassion, hope, and healing to people in need.

Statement of faith

We Believe: In the Bible, the Word of God - inspired and authoritative. In one God who exists eternally in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His future personal return to rule in power and glory. In the inborn sinfulness of all humanity and our resulting alienation from God, and the absolute necessity of redemption through faith in Christ's atoning death and regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation. In the complete forgiveness and eternal salvation of the true believer. In the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit, who lives in Christians, thereby enabling each to live a godly life. In the bodily resurrection, judgement and eternal conscious existence of both the saved and the lost. In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

This ministry has not been rated.

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$480,603$425,261$285,668$431,311
Short-term investments$1,352,005$1,946,299$1,555,848$941,285
Other current assets$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,330,217$2,689,475$2,277,293$2,275,951
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,699,008$6,656,550$6,753,655$7,218,292
Other long-term assets$388,000$317,989$338,822$522,822
Total long-term assets$7,087,008$6,974,539$7,092,477$7,741,114
Total assets$10,417,225$9,664,014$9,369,770$10,017,065
Payables and accrued expenses$490,501$486,563$407,659$529,338
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$490,501$486,563$407,659$529,338
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$48,020$61,799$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$48,020$61,799$0$0
Total liabilities$538,521$548,362$407,659$529,338
Net assets2012201120102009
Temporarily restricted$484,298$377,449$425,406$601,383
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0
Net assets$9,878,704$9,115,652$8,962,111$9,487,727
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,842,109$8,843,650$9,327,593$8,590,048
Program service revenue$164,025$109,577$77,338$142,118
Membership dues$0$0$0$0
Investment income$56,881$61,948($23,371)($44,164)
Other revenue$7,039($25)($36,433)($3,504)
Total other revenue$227,945$171,500$17,534$94,450
Total revenue$9,070,054$9,015,150$9,345,127$8,684,498
Program services$6,043,213$6,472,650$7,228,417$6,378,836
Management and general$700,601$797,926$970,500$765,232
Total expenses$8,387,145$8,761,500$9,749,761$8,637,647
Change in net assets2012201120102009
Surplus (deficit)$682,909$253,650($404,634)$46,851
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$682,909$253,650($404,634)$46,851


Eric BauerExecutive Director$117,041
William MeadowcroftCOO$83,912

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2012

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Founded in 1949 by John Van Diest Sr., Portland Rescue Mission opened its doors as the "John 3:16 Mission." From its earliest days of ministry, the words of that verse of salvation and hope have been at the heart and soul of our motivation for service: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son..."

John Van Diest Sr. started humbly serving with the limited resources he had, purchasing groceries himself to make a pot of soup to share with hungry men. Afterwards, he would share with them about God's love.

Since then, the Portland Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and despair in the lives of hurting people in need.

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