PACS is a vibrant community of volunteers and donors who work together to provide food, health care, and low-cost clothing/household items to low-income individuals in the Portland area. To verify PACS non-profit status, visit our donation page.
Following Christ's example, we nourish the mind, body, and spirit, while fostering DIGNITY among those we serve.
That word has become central to PACS' approach to service. PACS staff, volunteers, and donors humbly follow Christ's example by not just giving help, but also treating each person like a valued human being. When we restore someone's dignity, we revive that person's ability to realize their own potential and value, which is a key to finding success and self-sufficiency.
PACS began under a different name. In 1934, women from the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Adventist Sanitarium (now Adventist Medical Center) began meeting to sew quilts and clothing for strugging families during the Great Depression. Gradually the group expanded its services to include food. In 1963 the ministry expanded when additional churches joined the effort, seeking to pool their resources for a more effective program. That is when the name Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) was officially adopted. In 1993 the PACS Health Clinic was added and in 1995 the PACS Thrift Store was launched. Today PACS is a thriving volunteer outreach program supported by the following Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Portland area: