First Door After School Program Starts a Fresh New Year

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We love to highlight the wonderful things we get to be a part of around here!  First Door is the name of our after school homework club at one of our established BTown Kids sites.  Amazing teachers and volunteers create a space where children can thrive, and where they are loved and known.

If you’d like a deeper look at what is going on at First Door, here you go!

First Door update Jan 2017

After longer than we’d like…


We are so happy to be resuming regular activities!


Join us for Night Strike, every Thursday, starting January 19. Sign up to volunteer HERE!

Wondering how you can help? Look to the right to see our recurring and most pressing needs.

Also, we have opened an office on SE 82nd – feel free to drop in to see us between 9 and 5 Monday – Wednesday, and Fridays (Thursdays we will be under the bridge!)  5040 SE 82nd, next to the Teen Challenge Thrift Store!

We are looking forward to an amazing year loving people with you!


Night Strike Canceled


In preparation for severe weather, we are unfortunately canceling our Night Strike event this evening. We desire to keep our volunteers and guests safe and warm, and we believe the best way to do this is to cancel the night. We hope to see you after the break. Stay safe tonight!

See our list of Severe Weather Winter Shelters in Multnomah County below:



650 NW Irving Street

Day Center

Portland, OR 97209

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(503) 280-4700 Main phone

Notes: Open Tuesday/Wednesday nights, December 6-7, 2016 8pm-8am


333 SW Park Avenue

Bushgong & Co

Portland, OR 97205

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(503) 280-4700 Day Center/Reservations

(503) 489-3468 Shelter

Notes: Self-identified males


3 NW Third Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

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(503) 274-4483 Main phone

Notes: Open Tuesday night, December 6, 2016 9:30pm-5am


330 SE 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97214

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Notes: Open Tuesday, December 6, from 10am until Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7pm


1302 SE Ankeny Street

Imago Dei Church

Portland, OR 97214

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Notes: Open Tuesday/Wednesday nights, December 6-7, 2016 8pm-8am


9401 NE Sunderland Avenue

Portland, OR 97211

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(503) 281-1604 Main phone

Notes: Day Services: 8am-10pm when temperatures are 40 degrees or colder during winter

Call to request overnight shelter


8800 SE 80th Avenue

Portland, OR 97206

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(503) 771-7914 Administration/Information

Notes: Open Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7pm-7am


4775 N Lombard Street

University Park United Methodist Church

Portland, OR 97203

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(503) 460-7378 Main phone

Notes: Open Tuesday/Wednesday nights, December 6-7, 2016 8pm-8am

Night Strike Winter Break


Our annual winter break is coming up!

Please be aware that December 8th will be our last Night Strike of the year. Portland Saturday Market’s Festival of the Last Minute will be commencing in the space during our absence, so please head on down and support local businesses! This season we hope that our committed regular volunteers and staff will take this month-long opportunity to rest, reflect, and refresh for the year to come and hope that everyone has a great holiday season. Night Strike will be resuming on January 12th and we hope to see you then!

BTown Kids Christmas Gift Drive

Get involved this holiday season by contributing to our Christmas Gift Drive! Help us spread the cheer for our kids and families of BTown Kids and First Door by volunteering on the day of the event and helping us deliver presents! You can sign up to volunteer here. If you can help us by donating gifts, get in touch through and let us know how you can help!



Important Information Regarding Because People Matter

Dear Valued Because People Matter Community,

We have some exciting changes in the works concerning our organization that we want to communicate with you!

As you may know by now, our Executive Director, Marshall Snider, has accepted a new position at Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge (PNWATC). On the heels of this change, PNWATC has approached Because People Matter (BPM) with an offer to acquire the organization in its entirety, and we have accepted the offer! Under this change, BPM will be the new face of outreach at PNWATC, essentially fulfilling a mandate to “Put hope within reach”, beyond their traditional recovery based programs.

The acquisition will allow both entities to expand services, increase geographic coverage and create impact greater than either organization could accomplish alone. Under the proposed merger, our programs will remain essentially the same, and we will continue serving our community while duplicating outreach opportunities in other cities all over the Pacific Northwest. We feel this acquisition will allow us to not only continue our model programs like Night Strike, First Door, BTown Kids, and Transformation Trips, but to expand them.

We feel the BPM mission is being clearly lived out in the purpose of PNWATC. Their efforts parallel beautifully with the following complimentary objectives:
We mobilize community members, to provide relief, which leads to transformation, through relationships.

We project this merger will be completed by the end of the calendar year, so we can begin 2017 with the new structure. We understand this is an ambitious goal. Nevertheless, we feel with Marshall blazing the trail ahead, we will be able to navigate the transition with confidence.

We are working diligently to make this acquisition strategic, thoughtful, mutually beneficial and systemically healthy. We understand this is an enormous task, but anticipate the benefit of an expanded impact far outweighs any challenges we will experience. We feel the ability to maintain our current model of services while expanding our growth potential, is an excellent strategic decision for the longevity of BPM and our vision.

Since both organizations fall under nonprofit status, we will still receive funding through the generosity of donors. We hope to see our donors inspired to continue their generous support of the same mission, programs, and people under the new structure. We believe the new structure will bring an increase in financial capacity, thereby creating an increase in impact for people everywhere.

With this in mind, we are committed to the same thing we have always cared about: people. We will strive to maintain relationships that have been built on the common mission and purpose of BPM. It is our hope that the community is open to providing feedback throughout this journey, resolving to walk with us through the implementation of these changes for the greater good of the communities we serve.

We hope the above details are clear and concise. While we cannot possibly outline all elements of such a huge change in one document, we hope you feel informed and included. To assist with this transition, we have compiled a fact sheet with even more detailed information. Click on this link to access the Transition Fact Sheet.

Thank you for continuing to journey with our organization in this time of change!

Because People Matter Board and Staff

Night Strike is Cancelled November 10th

Although we consider our work in the city to be vitally important, safety is always a top priority for us, and on very rare occasions we have to make the difficult decision to cancel Night Strike. Today is one of those occasions.

The group that held a rally and march in Portland on Wednesday night will be holding another rally tonight in light of safety concerns, along with traffic and parking issues, we have decided to cancel all Night Strike services in the city and under the Burnside Bridge tonight.

Feel free to direct any questions or concerns to our Program Director, Lesley Snider, at and consider registering for one of the three Night Strikes remaining in 2016 or a date in 2017. Registrations are open on our Night Strike program page.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Because People Matter