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December 16, 2017 Uncategorized

Dear First Door friends,

Hello and happy holidays! We can’t believe 2017 is already coming to a close. It has been a great school year so far at Homework Club; we have seen lots of improvement in students’ literacy and have made more memories than we can count. We are so proud of students that have shown up consistently to steadily working towards their academic goals.

As we count down the days to 2018, it’s natural to find ourselves in a time of reflection. In the world of education and schools, teachers are finally able to step back and thoughtfully analyze the work that has been done in order to inform future lessons. What reading levels were achieved? What concepts were understood? We measure growth, identify strengths and weaknesses, and set new goals. It can be both encouraging and disheartening, energizing and burdensome. It is a time of celebrations and resolutions.

Looking out the window I see the bare branches of the trees swaying in the wind and I am reminded of a science experiment we did last month—an exploration of leaves. In the experiment, we asked the question: why do leaves change color? If you know anything about botany, you know that chlorophyll is what gives leaves their green color during the growing season. In the Fall, the chlorophyll breaks down revealing the hidden colors. Underneath the green, a wide spectrum of colors is waiting to burst forth and let its vibrancy be seen. All that is needed for the colors to be seen is the right conditions. Not unlike humans. How often do we invest the time and energy to see what is hidden? How often do we miss what someone has to offer just because it’s not visible at first glance? How often are we graded on our achievements rather than for our character? One of the joys of Homework Club is getting to see some of these colors emerge strong, true, and untainted. It is a place full of the colors just waiting to be called out to make their mark on the world.

We look forward to January when we will dive back into reading, writing, and math, but even more so, we look forward to catching glimpses into the magnificent people these young students will become. What an honor it is to invest in students whose hearts are full of love, kindness, leadership, creativity, and so many other qualities that are just waiting to make themselves known.

As always, we are grateful for your support and continue to invite you to be a part of our community.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


December 11, 2017 Uncategorized

Because People Matter would like to formally congratulate two very special people on their graduation from Warner Pacific.

Ben came to us back when we were called BridgeTown, as an intern, then served on staff for several years. He dreamed of teaching and just a few short years ago, Ben left BPM to pursue that dream. He graduated with his Masters in Teaching with a 4.0! Pictured here with his sweet wife and soon to come, baby. This has been quite a year for Ben, and we congratulate him! Ben now teaches many of the children he served in our BTown Kids programs when he was part of our team! Well done, Ben!

And Linnette! Overcoming otherwise insurmountable odds, Linnette is graduating with her Batchelor of Social Work! Linnette came through BTown Kids when she was 11, and we have had the privilege of journeying this far with her. Celebrating her victories, and sharing her sorrows.
We are especially proud of Linnette, and wish her the absolute best future!! First generation college graduate, and recipient of a full ride scholarship to Warner, you have made us all proud! And your baby is beautiful too! Way to go, Linnette!


December 5, 2017 Uncategorized

Dear Friend,

In my opinion, the best journies are those traveled with others.  The company of friends help make the journey achievable and memorable, and for us, our staff and volunteers are the friends we sojourn with. This year, over 10,000 volunteers linked arms with over 20,000 vulnerable and marginalized, to make 2017 the amazing adventure we call “Because People Matter”! Thank you for playing a part in the story!

Here are few stats for you to enjoy:
BTown Kids saw between 250 and 300 kids, and between 30 and 60 volunteersevery Saturday during the summer, along with many of their parents and guardians, at 3 different sites in Portland neighborhoods.  Local communities made a difference in their own spaces, loving on their neighbors, providing meals and friendship and fun! At the end of the summer, we were able to take 50 kids to camp to deepen and strengthen relationships!
First Door homework club helps kids with reading and writing stability, assisting local schools by offering tutoring to 20-30 elementary kids every school day. They are a year-round, every day presence in children’s lives.
Night Strike continues each Thursday to serve our neighbors who have found themselves in the ditch. An average of 150 volunteers (7,200+ annually) and between 300 and 400 (close to 17,000 annually) guests meet under the Burnside bridge to give and receive valuable, life giving services. This year, we have provided:

  • 750+ Foot Washes
  • 400+ Dental Patients (over 100K in services)
  • 2000+ Full Outfits
  • 3800+ Blankets
  • 1100+ haircuts
  • 15,000+ meals
We thank you for being a part of our legacy this year, we would have never dreamed of being able to journey from 2003 to now.  If you are reading this, you have made it possible for us to say we have served hundreds of thousands of people over these past 14 years!  What an incredible accomplishment of good.
            Your invitation stands to join us in 2018.  There are still hungry and lonely people in our city who need to know they are known, that they matter, and that they are loved.  We will strive to love even more, to serve even more, and, of course, you are invited to be a part of amazing life change in 2018!
            We know there are many fine non-profits out there to share your resources with. But with this invitation to give financially, comes an invitation to give your heart and your time. If you consider a tax-deductible year end gift for Because People Matter this year, know we appreciate it more than you know.
We commit to being under the bridge and in the apartment complexes, and we invite you join us on the adventure of our mission, ‘Loving people because people matter”.


November 22, 2017 Uncategorized

Thanks for checking in!

Every year we host 47 Night Strikes. Over 7000 people are served through our ongoing services, and we can not do that without dedicated, consistent volunteers.

Because PEOPLE are our first love, we value the time we spend with friends and family as rejuvenating and life giving just as much as serving our friends at Night Strike.

And, because so many other groups step up to provide Thanksgiving love to our guests, we have decided to give our volunteers the opportunity to stay home on Thanksgiving.

We will be back next week, November 30 for more love under the bridge!

BPM focuses on Mobilization, Relief, & Transformation for populations in the margins, Because People Matter.