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Anawim Christian Community is a community church made up of the homeless and the mentally ill. Our main goal is to provide for people's needs (including the need to be a disciple of Jesus) where they are at. We don't feel that a person needs to be something different before they get the help they need. Our center is in Gresham OR, which is where we lead and organize day shelters and a worship service. We also have a community house in N. Portland where housing is being provided for a few people and opportunities for community worship. We are connected to ministries in SE Portland and St. Johns, where we distribute food and clothing. And finally, through the internet, we educate people from almost every country in the world about homelessness, mental illness and the Christian response to each.

Friday, November 22, 2013



The voice that is loud and raging,

Like the roar of a lion,
Is not the voice of our loving God,
That is quiet and soft, 
Like the wind on a light and breezy day.

Our dreams He can see clearly,
Dreams that we have that He wants
     made to be reality.
A loving God He is; so loving and true,
A God we can count on through and through.

Only the voice of God can bring
The peace that comes from Him,
The Peace that is like no Peace
That the world can give.

 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -- Hebrews 13:8

-written by a member of Anawim

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Website Gala!!

It’s time for a party!

Oh yeah! Play the soundtrack:

What kind of party? A website party!

Just look how excited April is!

We have officially opened up our glorious website to everyone!

It’s colorful!
It’s fun!
It’s got cool stories and art!


You may think that informative doesn’t equal fun. Obviously you haven’t turned on the soundtrack yet.

Go ahead, play it!

 Look around our website. Join the fun by registering. Get involved in some conversations. Complain about our spelling.

And most of all…

Steve always tells you what he thinks. Be like Steve.

(have you turned on the soundtrack yet? You’re missing out on the fun!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St. Johns

St. Johns is a section of Portland between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. It has been known in the past to be one of the poorest sections of Portland. While that isn't true anymore, it is an old neighborhood, with a solid community.

And, as most sections of Portland, it has a vibrant homeless community.

There is a smaller ratio of the homeless in St. Johns than elsewhere in Portland. Perhaps 30 to 40 people live on the streets there. At the same time there are almost no services for the homeless there. There is a church who comes once a week to bring sandwiches. But that's all.

Even as we began to help the homeless in East County when there was no one recognizing their existence, Anawim would like to reach out to the homeless in St. Johns. One couple in particular, Tim and Sam Childress has been called by God to serve the homeless there, in their neighborhood. They would like to go out one day a week, give sandwiches and water and socks to the homeless, to meet them, build relationships and to discover their unique needs. We don't know what will come of this, all we know is God's call. The possibilities of obedience to God's call are endless.
But to do this, we would appreciate some support. We have a couple sources for bread. But we would appreciate some corn chips, lunch meat, cheese, mustard/mayonaise packets. Also, if you are interested in helping us get some bottled water, we'd really appreciate it.

If you'd like to support this effort, please contact Sam Childress at: or Steve Kimes at:

Day Shelter Schedule

Anawim Christian Community:
(Reopening Mondays
starting May 7th 2012)
19626 NE. Glisan, Gresham
Mon 1-6pm

St. Henry’s Catholic Church:
346 NW 1st Ave,
Tues, 1-6:30pm

Anawim Christian Community:
19626 NE. Glisan, Gresham
Wed 1-8pm, Fri 2-5pm, Sat 11-3pm.

East Hill Foursquare Church:
701 Main, Gresham
Thurs 1-6pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Does Anawim Need?

Ongoing donated needs for our ministry:
  • Athletic socks
  • Clothes—all sizes, all kinds, especially men’s clothes
  • Canned food, all kinds, especially meals in a can (beans, soup, meats, ravioli, chili, etc)
  • Toilet paper
  • Coffee, coffee creamer, sugar
  • Cup o Noodles, Ramen, sliced lunch meat, hot dogs, fresh fruit
  • Large quantities of meat, cheese, noodles, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned beans for meals
  • Shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, feminine hygiene items for showers
  • Paper plates and cups for special meals
  • Art supplies for our free art studio

All above items can be dropped off at 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham on Tuesdays from 11 to 5pm, Wednesdays from 1 to 8pm and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Or they can be dropped off by appointment at 3733 N Williams, Portland (call Steve at 503-888-4453)

Financial donations for rent, utilities and vehicle expenses

Financial donations for special projects:
  •   Paying for the homeless to obtain lost ID and birth certificates
  •   Providing paid labor for the homeless (we have the work, but not the cash!)
  •   Providing for supplies so the homeless can create and sell crafts
  •   Providing for tutoring at our free art studio
  •   Providing stipends for volunteers at our day shelters
Checks can be sent to 3733 N Williams, Portland, OR 97227 or  click on this link to pay online.
If you'd like to pay toward a special project, please indicate it with a note. 

Tax deductible receipts are available upon request.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Labor of Love

Artwork by Samantha Childress

At Anawim, we have been trying to provide work for the homeless. We forward on opportunities from those who live in the community who want to hire the homeless, both on one-time projects and in longer term employment. If we have the funds, we hire the homeless for a few hours at a time, so they can earn some money for basic needs. We also provide opportunities for volunteer work. A lot of volunteer work.

At Sanctuary we have three acres of land and three buildings to take care of. There are vegetable gardens and a meditation garden. There are many people to care for, bathrooms to clean and donations to sort. This is all done by our homeless or formerly homeless folks. This gives people self-worth and a sense of participating in both our local community and the community at large. Work is a key way to build community and to provide an opportunity to show gratitude for what they have received. In the end, we would love to hire the homeless for a number of projects. You know, like, for money. But what we have is good until the funds come in.

This month we want to introduce you to our regular volunteers!

Linda and Jimmy

Linda, a worker and grandmother, was on the street for five years. While on the street she was known as "Mom"  and tried to help the young people on the street. Now she helps run day shelters at Anawim and two other churches in Gresham.

Jimmy was one of the first participants in Anawim  more than ten years ago.  He was quite a scrapper and we had a lot of issues about him drinking right in front of the church.  Now he helps us out with stopping others from drinking or fighting on the property and at day shelters in other churches.