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ABOUT PACS


THE ORGANIZATION

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.


THE MISSION

Following Christ's example, we nourish the mind, body, and spirit, while fostering DIGNITY among those we serve.


THE PROGRAMS

  • The PACS FOOD PANTRY provides emergency groceries to families who are running out of food, and serves more than 70,000 people each year. To learn more about the food pantry, click here.

  • The PACS HEALTH CLINIC provides primary health care to low-income individuals. To learn more about the health clinic, click here.

  • The PACS THRIFT STORE makes extremely low-cost clothing and household items available to all. To learn more about the thrift store, click here.

WHY WE SHOULD HELP

  • CHRIST'S COMMISSION: in Matthew 25 Christ makes it very clear that His true followers are those who help "the least of these". PACS is a united effort to work together as Christians to fulfill Christ's call to serve.

  • GETTING OUT OF POVERTY IS EXTREMELY HARD: struggling families face an avalanche of barriers that many of us can't even begin to imagine. By meeting their basic needs, we eliminate barriers, buyng them time and energy that would otherwise be spent simply trying to survive.


EMPHASIZING DIGNITY

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.


HISTORY

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: