2022 marks the 70th anniversary of one of Portland’s most heartwarming examples of unselfish charity. Located in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, Blanchet House of Hospitality provides meals, clothing, addiction services, supportive housing, and restoration to people experiencing homelessness, hunger, and poverty.The exhibit features newly discovered photographs, news clippings, and objects that connect the history of Old Town/Chinatown to the venerated mission’s service in the neighborhood and beyond. Through these archival materials, the exhibition also reveals untold stories of immigrant and migrant laborers in Oregon. Visitors are invited to consider the current humanitarian crisis on Portland’s streets alongside historical efforts to provide aid and relief.
A confluence of complex factors has changed the face of homelessness since Blanchet House’s beginning in 1952, but the need is persistent. The exhibit recounts the organization’s history, celebrating the many people and stories that led to it becoming a long relied upon relief organization in Oregon.