For decades, the distinctive red doors of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Portland have been a welcoming beacon for those who are hungry in body or in spirit. The church is host (and provides many volunteer hours) to Clay Street Table, which provides more than 4,000 meals per month through its meals and pantry programs. Other programs that call St. Stephen’s home include the Underground, which serves homeless and at-risk youth, Operation Nightwatch, which provides safety and companionship for those who are not able to be indoors after dark, and HomePDX, which socially supports those in need across downtown Portland.
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List of Guest Organizations
Clay Street Table. At St. Stephen’s, we believe in feeding the body and the spirit; that’s why we’re home to the Clay Street Community Table, a coalition of organizations dedicated to providing food and companionship to those in need. All are welcome at our meals and pantry program, which provided more than 49, 000 meals to the community last year. Please visit the links below for ways to help and information about our member organizations.
HomePDX provides “Love, face-to-face,” and is committed to sharing meals, supplies, hope, love, and one another amongst the members of the community. They are our partners in preparing and presenting lunches on Saturday.
Operation Nightwatch combats loneliness and isolation in the unhoused community by providing a safe space and companionship during the darkest hours. They are our partners in preparing and presenting supper on Sundays and Tuesdays, and an evening hospitality center on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The Underground is committed to caring for the unhoused community between the ages of 14 and 25. They dine with us on Wednesday evenings, supported by our cooking class.
In addition the Clay Street Table offers Pantry Day on the fourth Thursday of every month, as well as lunch on Tuesdays, cooking class on Wednesday evenings, and breakfast on Saturdays. Please visit them at www.claystreettable.org for ways to help.
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 friends. 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.
Please visit our Schedule page for a complete listing of our weekly happenings.