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 underclothed 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.
Instead of distributing pre-packed bags of groceries, we provide a self- service shopping area where families can choose their own food. This allows people to take ownership of their meals and nutrition, while also supporting cultural diversity in the diet.
Clothing vouchers are ooccasionally provided for use at our William Temple House Thrift Store, located at 2230 NW Glisan Street. We also provide hygiene items, emergency dental care, psychotropic prescription medication vouchers, and public transportation tickets on a case-by-case basis.
Emergency social services are available in Northwest Portland:
2023 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 3 pm.
William Temple House’s Food Pantry provides 3 to 5 days of food to individuals and families in need. Clients select their own food. Nonperishable staples such as canned vegetables, chilis and soups, cereals, pasta and rice are normally available. Fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, poultry, and meats are available during some seasons and based on availability.
Hours are 10 am to 3 pm Tuesday and Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis. Those requesting food should arrive as early as possible in the day and supplies sometimes are low by early afternoon.
Children’s Clothing Closet