Portland Adventist Community Services – PACS is a vibrant faith-based Community of Service made up of staff, volunteers, donors, prayer partners, and community partners who work together to provide food, low-cost dental care, and low-cost clothing/household items to individuals and families.
Following Christ’s example, we nourish the mind, body, and spirit, while fostering dignity among those we serve.
The word dignity is central to PACS’ approach to service. Our 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.
Our Shared Christian Values
PACS is committed to exemplifying the shared Christian values of – Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Relationships, Service, Humility, Reliability, Equity, Safety.
PACS began in 1934 when women from the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Adventist Sanitarium (now Adventist Health Portland) began meeting to sew quilts and clothing for struggling families during the Great Depression. Gradually the group started to distribute food in addition to clothing. In 1963 the ministry expanded when additional churches joined the effort, seeking to pool their resources to create a more effective program. That is when PACS was officially founded as a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA). In 1993 the PACS Health Clinic was added (closed in 2018), in 1995 the PACS Thrift Stores were launched, and in 2019 Gateway Grace Clinic, a caring dental clinic was added. Today PACS is a thriving volunteer outreach program supported by the constituent member Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Portland area including:
• Healing Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Lents Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Mount Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Pleasant Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Stone Tower Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Village Seventh-day Adventist Church
In addition to constituent member Seventh-day Adventist churches, many other SDA and non-SDA churches contribute volunteers, support, and prayers to help PACS succeed and thrive.