Outreach Ministries

St. Andrew Nativity School (SANS)

St. Andrew Nativity School is a Catholic Jesuit middle school which ministers to disadvantaged and at-risk youth of Portland. It “is Oregon’s only tuition free, private middle school for low income students.” It is a vibrant school offering life-changing education and opportunity to those youth who are most in need of assistance in achieving their goals of education and success as young adults.
More information about the school, what it offers, and how one can help can be found at the SANS website at

Blanchet House of Hospitality

The Blanchet House of Hospitality is located in downtown Portland and has been feeding 3 meals a day to the needy of our area since 1952. Volunteers are needed regularly to help prepare and serve the food. Started by the inspiration and dedication of University of Portland students in the early 1950’s, this works of mercy has been serving meals to hundreds of needy people each day. It also serves as a residential work placement for adults recovering from addictions who are working to put their lives back together and become productive individuals in recovery in society once again.
More information can be found at

Sean Fennerty Coat Drive

Sean Fennerty was a member of Jesuit High School’s Class of 1999 and lived the Jesuit ideal of men and women for others. Service and giving to those in need were ideals he learned at Jesuit and lived out in his short life after high school. He died serving his country in Iraq in 2007, and a memorial Coat Drive has been established to continue his memory and the ideals he stood for.
Please contact Kim Zea at 503-222-2055 (email: kzea@stmpdx.org) for information on how you can participate in this worthy outreach ministry of our parish.

Diversity as Gift

Diversity as Gift is a non-profit 503c organization based in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1985 by Father James Galluzzo, a diocesan priest who has helped out here at STM Parish when needed. This non-profit organization comprises four programs: the Urban Spirituality Center; the Food Program; the Toiletries Program; and the Gang Academy. There are numerous ways to help in this outreach ministry, from donating food to donating toiletries to providing books to low-income children to financially assisting in this ministry.
For more information about this outreach ministry, visit their webpage at:

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Oregon has a legacy of serving Oregon’s poor and vulnerable dating back to 1838. This organization is the social arm of the Catholic Church in Western Oregon and partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to ensure justice and overcome poverty. It offers many outreach programs that individuals can connect with and participate in.
Visit their website at:

It has helpful information concerning the programs they operate and their needs.

Homebound Visitation

St. Thomas More Parish is a vibrant community with involved parishioners and many opportunities for participation and community. Unfortunately, there are those of our parish who are homebound and cannot participate in these aspects of our parish. Jesus calls us to minister to the sick and needy in the Gospel of Matthew 25:35-36 – “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me.” We have a calling as a parish to minister to those who are homebound due to sickness, injury, health issues or aging difficulties.

For information on how to help in this Outreach Ministry, please contact the Pastoral Associate, Kim Zea, at 503-222-2055 or email: kzea@stmpdx.org.

For more information about any of these opportunities of Outreach Ministry available in our parish, please contact the Pastoral Associate, Kim Zea, at 503-222-2055 or email her at: kzea@stmpdx.org.