About Us

Our Story

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.

Our Mission:

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 Development.

What do we stand for?

Because People Matter Core Values

Throughout our time serving Portland, Because People Matter has created core values that we aim to never compromise. Our Core Values are non-negotiables; they keep us focused on why we are here and keep us on track with our mission to Love People Because People Matter.


We seek to live generously. To give of our time, treasure and talent in a way that our service and action is a means through which love is revealed.

Relational Approach

We believe the most influential, impactful and lasting way to love others is simply to live and experience life with the people around us. We move to be fully submerged and involved in the culture and communities we serve, while building raw and intentional relationships with people we meet.


This is the attitude in which we communicate with others. Our communication is dynamic, open minded and respectful. Dialogue should be honest, hopeful and never degrading, judgemental or condemning.


We believe that all people should feel known, that they matter and that they are loved. We seek to influence others to live from these truths and to do good works, so that together we may be an inspiration to our city, state, nation and the world.


We see life as an adventure, marked with creativity. We continue to seek new ideas and opportunities for ways to love people, to help them understand they are known and that they matter.


We desire to see people grow both personally and professionally. It is important to always challenge oneself, and not feel stuck where growth and Learning does not exist. We believe that each person can be their own dominant force, and that is our responsibility to encourage that in ourselves, and in others.


Because we value all people, we move to be intentional in our actions. We understand that we serve each other as we move towards our mission.

Our Work

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.

Community Partners

Because People Matter wouldn't be possible without the support from the following Community Partners. Thank you for all your support.