Lift Urban Portland: A New Name, the Same Mission
After 30 years, Northwest Portland Ministries became Lift Urban Portland in February 2012.
Our essential mission has not changed: We are an interfaith community of volunteers who Lift Up neighbors in need. We Lift Up neighbors by helping meet physical, emotional and social needs. Volunteers from congregations and the local community empower neighbors to live with dignity and purpose. We welcome your participation in fulfilling our mission to meet the evolving needs of our community.
Our new name better describes the expanded geography of our service area, which is no longer limited to Northwest Portland; we now serve neighbors in the Pearl District, Old Town, and Downtown. Our organization also includes congregations beyond the boundaries of Northwest Portland.
Our new name also carries spiritual significance, reflecting our roots in local faith communities. People may lift up their hands in prayer or blessing. To be lifted up means to be inspired. Caring for and supporting others – lifting them up – is central to people of faith. Our shared mission of helping neighbors is an uplifting experience for everyone involved.