Every organization has a story, and we are no exception. What we did not start with, however, was a five or ten year plan. The summer of 2003 saw a move from the country to the city with a sweet expectation, and a little trepidation to see what was in store. One year. That’s what we took.
One year to listen… listen to the pulse and hum of the beautiful city of Portland, listen to her people and listen to the echoes of our hearts.
It didn’t take long before the imprinting took place – a deep and restless love. A concern for people in the margins… and for people in corner offices and in suits. A love for people. In 2004, we gathered a few friends together to sweep some dirty streets, and found a deep and gratifying satisfaction in the many conversations around the “Why” of our actions. No, we were not correcting previously deviant behaviors through physical labor – we just thought the streets look nicer if they are clean. And it is true.
Soon after that, a quiet voice made some noise in our hearts. Wash feet. No reason. It would be easy to leap here to having answers before the questions are even uttered, but we had learned by now, that when one listens, there is often something spoken.
The real trick is to lean in… so lean in we did, and Night Strike was born.
Each week from then until now, you will find us. Setting the table for others to listen. To love, to be loved, to be known. A calling back. A calling forward. Dynamic, moving, telling and retelling, and listening and hearing.
BTown Kids came shortly afterwards. Who can resist the precious heart of a child? Tender and learning, heavy with potential and promise. Is there a question that one should have significance in the life of a child – you know, if the door is sprung wide open? So in we went!
Soon more and more inquires were being made – how can I do this, help us learn to listen. Our response? Come and be with us for a bit! Spend some time fully immersed – set yourself in a place to be transformed. We developed Transformation Trips to do just that. Go, learn, return, respond… be a part of the story!
The Because People Matter story remains to be fully unfolded. What’s important is that we chose to be a part of that story.
Loving People Because People Matter
We exist to develop and sustain relational environments that create movement within groups and individuals to demonstrate love and generosity lived out in the world. Because People Matter creates relational environments that provide Relief, Mobilization and Transformation.
What do we stand for?
Our Core Values
Each year, we provide over 25 different services that touch the lives of over 20,000 of Portland’s most at-risk individuals and families. These programs have delivered service opportunities and mobilized over 9,600 dedicated volunteers to make a real difference in their community.
Because People Matter is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a tax identification number of 30-0516378. All donations made are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.
Because People Matter wouldn't be possible without the support from the following Community Partners. Thank you for all your support.
- City of Portland
- La-Z-Boy of Oregon
- Fisher Corp
- Community Education Project
- Northwest Children’s Outreach
- Medical Teams International
- Salvation Army
- Union Gospel Mission
- Old Town China Town Neighborhood Association
- Downtown Portland Neighborhood Association
- 5Rock Ranch
- Dentus Dental
- OHSU Dental School
- Franz Bakery
- Portland Rescue Mission
- Rockwood Church of God
- Parklane Elementary
- Davis Elementary
- Oliver Elementary
- Columbia Sportswear
- Buffalo Exchange Clothing
- Multnomah County Library
- La-Z-boy Furniture
- Arrowhead Golf Course
- Search Logic
- Durango Joes Legendary Coffee
- Central City Concern
- Tastebud Wood Fired Pizza