Salem First United Methodist Church works in partnership with Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley (previously known as the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network) to move homeless families into stable and sustainable housing.
Together with other local faith communities, the Salem First United Methodist volunteers provide homeless families with warmth and hospitality as we help provide temporary “homes” in which families are treated as guests of the congregation. Our guests stay with us overnight for one week every three months on a rotating basis. The MICAH ballroom is used to create an environment where guests can maintain their dignity and self esteem while the kindness of hosts can help alleviate the hurt and alienation of homelessness as both volunteers and guests can grow and learn from each other.
Each morning, our guests are transported by van to the Day Center where the Case Manager works with them to find permanent solutions and help them regain their independence. The families are referred to agencies providing support in health care, job training and other services that work to solve underlying causes of homelessness.
Our dates for 2019 are:
- January 13-20
- April 28 – May 5
- September 15-22
- December 1-8
Volunteer opportunities include:
- set up and take down
- provide breakfast for our guests
- provide dinner for our guests
- serve as meal hosts
- Play with the children
- stay overnight as overnight hosts
Please call Pam Olson at 503-851-2328 or Judy Allen at 503-581-6547 to volunteer in this important ministry.