Cityteam - Portland in Portland, OR

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Treatment Effectiveness
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526 SE Grand Ave
Portland OR 97214

Cityteam - Portland Philosophy

With the goal of ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness, Cityteam - Portland provides male clients individual support, recovery-based classes and opportunities for community involvement. A faith-based, short-term recovery program involves group Bible reading sessions integrated with 12-step meetings.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Highlights

Group Study Sessions

AA Big Book

12-Step Meetings

Meet the Staff

Paul Watson

Portland City Director

Photo of Paul Watson

The needs of our community are unique as we face alarming rates of unemployment, homelessness and people dying from the epidemic of drugs and alcohol. The numbers of high school dropouts and victims of human trafficking are also unacceptably high. To add to these challenges, recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (often referred to as food stamps) have put the elderly and the unemployed at risk of hunger. The goal to help everyone in need in our community might sound like an impossible task but that is what God has called us to do, at Cityteam, and nothing is impossible with Him. We have been blessed to witness countless lives changed. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Cityteam is one of Oregon’s 125 (55.3 percent) of private, nonprofit treatment organizations. It offers faith-based treatment and is dedicated to helping individuals facing poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse. The Portland facility has a residential program and a homeless shelter for men, as well as a daytime program for women and a dining hall for all individuals in need of food. Detox is not available.


The treatment process at Cityteam begins with comprehensive assessments. The process includes a substance abuse assessment as well as a comprehensive mental health assessment, which is only available in 120 (53.1 percent) of Oregon facilities.

In addition to shelter, the men's Christ-centered residential program provides clients with access to Cityteam's Learning and Career Enhancement Center. There, clients participate in an individually designed curriculum that addresses basic skills such as reading, math, vocabulary, and writing. The center's self-paced program helps students learn to function in a professional environment with schedules, deadlines, and responsibilities. Clients are also given access to business clothes for upcoming interviews. It is one of the 101 (44.7 percent) employment training programs in the state.

The women's program is open three times a week and provides homeless and low-income women with hot showers, clothing, food, and fellowship. Bible study classes are also offered. The facility also provides long-term placement and treatment options to combat homelessness.


Services at Cityteam are made possible by the help of volunteers and donors. There are social workers on staff as well as counselors to help coordinate care.


The facility has a residential space for men. The facility also has dining facilities and temporary shelters for the homeless. Rooms are shared, and there are showers and other hygiene resources available.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni. On Google, Cityteam's Portland facility earned an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars based on 84 reviews.[1] While most written reviews were positive, there are some criticisms about the facility. Jason representatively wrote in a negative review: “There is always something wrong there. The showers have been closed for almost a week. The blankets are only washed when some one is finally willing to so so which causes a lot of health issue with bedbugs, lice, colds, the flue.” Mike wrote in a representative positive review: "Providing wonderful shelter and re over service to those in need. Shelter for the night at the minimum, recovery if you want."

On Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page, CityTeam Portland as a whole has a five out of five star rating from 32 reviews.[2] While most of the reviews are about other programs, the few reviews about the recovery program indicate that treatment was successful.


Cityteam services are offered at no cost. The organization is funded by churches, foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on June 2019

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