Our Vision and History

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enrich the lives of our children and youth physically, educationally, and spiritually.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

(Matthew 19:14-15)

Our Vision

Our Vision is for Portland to be a productive community with a generation that is equipped to face life’s challenges with a deep rooted understanding of who Christ is and what he has done for them.

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

(2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV)

Our History


Our first group in front of the facility

Fall of 1956, the center began as the Sunshine Club, a humble and small sidewalk Sunday School that met once a week.


The Baird Street Mission was developed when the program eventually moved into two dilapidated shotgun houses in the heart of the Portland neighborhood where the current Center’s parking lot is located. In 1990, a new vision began to emerge and the mission was renamed the Portland United Methodist Center. One part-time employee was hired and commissioned to nurture a handful of young children.


In 1997, the program moved into a newly constructed, 9,000 square–foot multipurpose facility, that we use today, allowing the mission to expand its scope and meet the needs of more children and youth


In 2004, the name was changed to The Portland Promise Center to reflect our expanding commitment in helping our community realize its potential–spiritually, socially, educationally, and economically.


Today, we employ several full and part-time staff members, who lead our programs. Our goal is to provide individuals and families with the resources they need to anchor their lives to a firm foundation of Christian faith and to build futures filled with hope.