Missionaries for the Homeless Sleeping Bag program

The homeless people living on the streets in Portland have two critical needs to survive the winter. One is a sleeping bags and the other are socks.

For the last eight years the Knights of the Resurrection Council No. 13851 which is a Knight of Columbus Council led by Richard Akins and Charles Cloud, both parishioners of Resurrection Catholic Parish and Brother Knights. Have help to collect and distribute some 2569 sleeping bags have been given to organizations who help the homeless.

West Linn Lion member Dick Akins and his wife were featured on KATU who were honoring Everyday Heroes
West Linn Lion member Dick Akins and his wife were featured on KATU who were honoring Everyday Heroes

The funding for the sleeping bags come from a variety of sources. Various organizations and individuals supply the funding. These fellow sponsoring groups include the West Linn Lions Club; St. Vincent de Paul Society Chapter of Resurrection Catholic Parish; Assured Life Association (Rose City Camp # 77); Odd Fellow Lodges of Mt. Scott/Star # 188 and the Samaritan Lodge # 2; Knights of the Resurrection Council 13851; Omaha Woodmen Lodge 1946 and Fulton J Sheen Assembly (4th Degree Knights). Resurrection Catholic Parish and many individual parishioners from Resurrection Catholic Parish also contribute on an annual basis.

All sleeping bags are delivered to various organizations within the greater Portland area who serve the needs of the homeless. These organizations in turn distribute the sleeping bags to those they know need the assistance. The beneficiaries of the sleeping bag program include Rose Haven, an organization that supports battered women and their families. St. Andre Bessette Church known as Downtown Chapel on Burnside that serves the need of the homeless West of the Willamette River. St. Francis Catholic Church on the east side of the Willamette River and serves the needs of the homeless in East Portland. NightStrike, a Protestant church serving the needs of the homeless underneath the Burnside Bridge every Thursday evening. Resurrection Catholic Parish Life-Teens participate in the NightStrike program on an annual basis. When the need arises, we give the sleeping bags to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Resurrection Catholic Parish. Volunteers of America also received sleeping bags, this organization addresses the needs of former addicts and try to integrate them into society, and Impact Northwest serves the needs of women in crisis (YMCA). We donate sleeping bags to the Episcopal Church on Clay Street in downtown Portland that addresses the needs of the homeless youth from ages 14 to 24 (this program is known as the Underground). We also donate sleeping bags to a non-sectarian program called New Answers for Youth which serves the needs of the homeless youth on the east side Portland. Finally we give sleeping bags to two parish churches who serve the needs of the homeless – St. Cyril Church in Wilsonville and St. Francis Church in Sherwood.