It is critical for families to have their basic physical needs met. Focusing on long-term solutions to problems is difficult for people who are hungry or do not have adequate clothing. 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. We provide a self- service food pantry so that individuals and families can choose their own food. This allows people to take ownership of their meals and nutrition while also respecting cultural diversity in the diet. We provide school clothing to children whose families cannot provide adequate clothing. We occasionally provide clothing vouchers to adults for use at our Thrift Store but more often refer adults to other local agencies who specialize in providing adult clothing. William Temple House provides hygiene items to individuals and families when these items are available. Prescription medication vouchers are available on a case-by-case basis as funding is available. William Temple House frequently hosts a dental van to provide emergency care. Dental van days vary. Care is generally provided to the first eight individuals who sign in for the service on a day the van is onsite.
Emergency social services are available at William Temple House’s Hoyt Street location:
2023 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 2:30 pm
Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm
The William Temple House Food Pantry provides 3 to 5 days of food to individuals and families in need. Clients “shop” in the Food Pantry, selecting their own items for their household. Nonperishable staples such as canned vegetables, soup, cereal, pasta and rice are available in addition to fresh dairy products and produce and fresh and frozen vegetables, poultry and meats.
The Food Pantry is open from 10 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Those requesting food should arrive as early as possible in the day. Supplies can be low by early afternoon.
We are an equal opportunity provider.
Children’s Clothing Closet
Through its Children’s Clothing Closet, William Temple House provides clothes to children whose families are not able to afford adequate school clothing. Each child and their siblings are provided a school wardrobe of 3 to 5 outfits including shirts, pants, underwear, socks, outerwear and coats. Vouchers to a local shoe store are also available.
If you are a caseworker or school administrator and would like refer a family for this service use our online referral form.
If your family could use this service please call 503.226.3021 ext. 289 to leave an appointment request OR use our online referral form.
Emergency Dental Van
William Temple House hosts a Medical Teams International mobile dental van one or more times each month. The mobile dental program provides urgent and emergency dental care services to low-income patients who do not have dental insurance or another way to pay for dental care. Cleanings, crowns, root canals and dentures are not available through this program.
To make an appointment please call 503.226.3021.
In partnership with Pacific Eye Clinic, William Temple House may be able to provide clients with a free eye exam
and/or glasses! To make an appointment, call 503.226.3021 ext. 295 to leave a request OR visit William Temple House on Tues – Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm. Please bring a photo ID and proof of income for all adults in your household.
Case Management & Dialogue Program
The William Temple House Social Services department offers a unique and multi-layered approach to meeting the needs of our guests. Many of the participants in our program express feelings of loneliness and isolation. They have nobody to talk to, and often feel bereft of true support and consideration. We are seeking to address this growing trend toward isolation by offering an opportunity for individuals to meet with an intake counselor and have a dialogue about life. We offer a warm and friendly space to those who just want someone to hear them, someone to share their story with. There is no counseling, and no advice. Just an opportunity to talk and share and be heard by another. Authentic dialogue takes place in the meeting between two individuals in the realm of shared humanity.
We also understand that some of our social services guests are truly struggling just to stay housed, to keep the lights on, to keep the water flowing and the heat working. In our Case Management program, our trained volunteers can help our guests clarify and prioritize their life challenges and goals. Together we will create a roadmap toward a more balanced and successful life. Emergency assistance with rent and utilities is offered to qualifying clients and based upon availability.
Social Service Case Management and Dialogue Program appointments are available between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Thursdays and may be made by calling William Temple House at 503.226.3021.