Congregations Helping People

Congregations Helping People, located in a Salem First UMC office space, is an expanding group of Salem churches that have come together to combine resources and work cooperatively to help people in need.

People seeking help are often forced to go from church to church, obtaining piecemeal the aid they need. Church staff, though eager to help, may not have the time, funds or expertise to provide the best possible help and advice. Congregations Helping People provides experienced, qualified social workers assisted by caring volunteers, to link people with the right resources to address their immediate and long-term needs. When those resources do not exist, or the person doesn’t qualify, Congregations Helping People may be able to provide direct assistance.

Congregations Helping People is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. You can reach this organization by phone at 503-391-4365.


  • Confidential counsel with a competent staff member.
  • Help to determine short- and long-term needs.
  • Expert advice about sources of public and private assistance.
  • Assistance and advocacy to apply for other sources of aid.
  • Access to spiritual counsel to those who request it.
  • Financial aid when no other resources are available.

Office Hours

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • CLOSED on Fridays

Call us: 503-391-4365.



You can help Congregations Helping People help others in our community. All donations are tax-deductible, and may be sent to:

Congregations Helping People
PO Box 12412
Salem OR 97301

Member Churches

2 Replies to “Congregations Helping People”

  1. Jeannie Hubbard

    I’m looking for something I can do to help someone who has no one .I’am disabled and just feel I can help someone and also help with taking away some of my loneness . I helped running a nursing home for my parents. I have Addison and RA. I don’t feel useful . I’m a Christian and I want to do more and serve God .
    If u can’t I do understand.

    • Katie Carpenter

      Hello, Jeannie – I believe I responded to you via my home network, (I apologize if I did not reply previously), and I wanted to follow up.
      I am the office manager at Salem First United Methodist Church. You are in Oregon, correct?
      I am going to pass on your email address to our volunteer coordinator, Leta Brewster, in hopes that she can at least have a conversation with you regarding volunteering.
      Are you able to get out of your home? Please email me at if you have any other questions.
      Thank you and God Bless!
      Katie C.

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