Who We Are

William Temple House gives the immediate support of emergency social services, but also provides long-term solutions through mental health counseling and 1:1 dialogue case management services. Funded by generous individuals, grantors, and the proceeds of the William Temple House Thrift Store, we’ve been operating in Portland for over 50 years.

Blessing of the Animals on October 4th

Blessing of the Animals on October 4th

  What would we do without our animal friends? The bond between people and their animals is often more uncomplicated and pure than between human friends, and pets are a lifeline to people who are lonely and isolated.  In recognition for the great gift of animals in our lives we are following the tradition that associates animals with St Francis who was said to have a particular affinity for creation. Join us on the WTH lawn (2023 NW Hoyt Street) on October 4th at noon to bless your animal or a photo of your animal. The Canticle of all Creatures Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing, To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name. Praise be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather, through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong. Praised be... read more

Our Mission

William Temple House restores hope and renews strength in individuals and families in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere. With low- and no-cost mental health counseling and emergency social services, we lend a helping hand to one of Portland’s most vulnerable populations.


For low-income individuals or families in the Portland area, there is no better place to receive professional counseling than William Temple House. The emphasis is on high-quality treatment, respect and open access.

William Temple House counselors work with individuals, couples and families. We help clients make positive changes in whatever area they need the most help. LEARN MORE



Social Services

William Temple House heals the whole person by providing food, clothing and emergency material assistance in addition to counseling and pastoral care services.

We believe it is critical for families to have their basic physical needs met. Focusing on long-term planning and solutions is difficult for people who are under clothed or underfed. We lend a hand up, not a hand out, so that families and individuals may maintain self-sufficiency while they get back on their feet. LEARN MORE


Thrift Store

Looking for bargains on high quality used furniture, vintage clothing and housewares? Prefer to recycle and reuse rather than buy? The William Temple House Thrift Store is the place to shop.

Located just off NW 23rd Avenue in trendy northwest Portland, the William Temple House is a destination for discerning thrift store shoppers. Our bright, well-organized sales floor means shopping is a breeze and our prices are great on any budget. LEARN MORE


Pastoral Care

As a faith-based agency, William Temple House aims to support the whole person: physical, psychological and spiritual. To those who seek it, pastoral care and spiritual counseling are provided, and people of all beliefs and backgrounds are welcome to receive spiritual support and counseling at William Temple House.

William Temple House also provides training in pastoral care to religious professionals, teaching practical strategies for recognizing and responding to people in crisis. Those serving as ministers often find themselves approached by people who may be in economic, mental or emotional distress. LEARN MORE

William Temple House

2023 NW Hoyt Street

Portland, OR 97209


Tax ID: 93-0559964