Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network

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 2018 are:

  • April 29-May 6
  • September 23-30
  • November 25-December 1

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.

For more on Faith Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley, please visit their Facebook page or their website.

2 Replies to “Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network”

  1. Margie Bibby

    We live in McMinnville, TN and have friends that are interested in starting this type of ministry in town. Please send me any materials about the ministry itself and how to get churches on board. This town has an abundance of churches. So facilities would not be a problem.
    Bruce and I were volunteers with the Salem, Ore. ministry when we were still living there approximately 4 years ago.

    • Katie Carpenter

      Hi, Margie – I am cleaning out the web mailbox, and came upon your request. I believe that I passed it on to the people who work IHN, but making sure and following up with you. I have sent it on to an IHN contact person again, just in case. Thank you!

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