Dinner and A Movie, a name given to us by the street kids of Portland, is an outreach based organization that focuses on mentorship. We believe that healthy relationships and dependable people are the key to finding new life beyond addiction and homelessness. Where other organizations focus on things like jobs, housing, and education, we work to mend the broken hearts and damage caused by abuse.
Throughout each week we have many groups of homeless in different areas throughout the city that we serve through outreach. Through outreach we provide socks,water, food, clothing, and other essential supplies.Outreach serves as our first encounter with many of the 150-300 homeless we serve each week.
More importantly, outreach creates the best opportunity for us to meet our greatest desire, which is to produce long-lasting, healthy relationships with the homeless. This is vital because of the broken, abusive, unloving home life through which most of the homeless have suffered. At the core of every mentoring success, there is a relationship of unconditional caring.
Our mentorship program is the heart and soul of everything we do. Mentoring begins with taking kids on field trips, getting them to appointments, spending time with them on birthdays and holidays, and being with them through life transitions and difficult times. We are there to listen to them, counsel them, and help them network through other social services to meet housing, health, and work needs. We become their counselors, parents, and friends through mentoring, allowing us to take part in the new lives that we help them seek to begin.