Congregations Helping People

Coronavirus Update: CHP is working remotely at this time and we are able to assist a limited number of people in the Salem-Keizer area with rent and utility assistance, only, on Monday – Thursday, 9am until noon. 

People can contact us by email, or by calling 503-391-4365 during office hours.

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 through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to Noon

Call us: 503-391-4365



You can help Congregations Helping People assist our neighbors by making a financial contribution. As a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible. Please mail any donations to the following address: Congregations Helping People PO Box 12412 Salem, OR 97301

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