Our mission is lived out in many ways. We are stewards of this beautiful church building, and we open up this space to a number of thriving ministries – each serving a community in need.
The Ministries Housed in our Church
Clay Street Table
Creating a caring community, feeding hungry people
Clay Street Table is the dramatic expansion of the meals program and food pantry started at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish. The combined program, formerly known as St. Stephen’s Table, shares the parish’s mission “to feed those who are hungry in body and in spirit.”
In 2016, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Paul Davis, they provided over 150,000 meals of food and groceries to youth and adults in our downtown community. The Clay Street team value the dignity of all who come, treating neighbors and friends from the street in ways that are affirming, respectful, nonjudgmental and supportive. The Clay Street team is also powered by over 300 volunteers. Please join us!
For more information, visit claystreettable.org
Operation Night Watch
Operation Nightwatch is a non-sectarian night ministry of friendship and community that has been serving Portland’s street population since 1981.
Whereas other agencies exist to provide services such as housing, food, and clothing to the homeless, low-income, and mentally ill, ONW’s unique vision is that these populations also suffer from social isolation. Our simple mission is to reach out to them, nurturing relationship.
We welcome each person who comes to us, just as they are. No one is required to conform to any particular belief or faith practice in order to receive our services.
For more info or to donate, visit operationnightwatch.org
St. Michael's Social Services
St. Michael's Social Services Ministries are the church’s response to Christ’s call to care for those in need. Continuing a long-established tradition of our 114-year-old Parish, St. Michael’s provides food assistance and other basic necessities traditionally known as Corporal Works of Mercy to our neighborhood residents who are low-income, unemployed, or experiencing homeless. We also invite friends of the parish and others to join us as volunteers and supporters. Many thanks to our friends at St. Stephen’s for generously hosting us during St. Michael’s building project!
For more info, visit St. Michael's website.
HOMEpdx is a community of folks indoors and outdoors who try to live out a mission statement of “loving people face-to-face." They are a non-profit 501c3 started in April 2007 by Ken Loyd, and are currently run by Pastor Garrette Eastwood, along with Gus Kroll.
HOMEpdx have found that creating an atmosphere of home, acceptance, hope and love (our core values) is the greatest way to show the love of Jesus. Check out their wish list of items needed by their friends living outside, or find ways to get involved though a donation of your time, energy, or financial partnership.
More at homepdx.net
Integrity & Journey
St. Stephen's is home to the Integrity and Journey organizations supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Integrity is a nonprofit organization comprised of LGBT Episcopalians and straight allies. Since its founding in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church.
Journey Koinonia Catholic Community is a progressive, inclusive lay-led Catholic organization committed to seeking justice and equality through weekly liturgy and service to the community.
For more info on Integrity, visit integrityusa.org
For more info on Journey, visit allarewelcomepdx.org