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Host Site


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. COVID-19 impacted many things in our community, but our host sites still provide meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast, followed by case management meetings with staff. In the evening volunteers provide a delicious homemade dinner. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing, and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Typically, local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids, or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of four families , typically 14 people.  

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

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Committed Host Congregations

  • First Christian Church

  • Holy Cross Lutheran

  • Our Savior’s Lutheran

  • Queen of Peace Catholic Parish

  • St. Mark Lutheran

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Salem First Presbyterian Church

  • Salem First Free Methodist Church

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

  • St. Joseph Catholic

  • First United Methodist Church

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ

  • Christ’s Church Monmouth

Committed Support Congregations

  • Manantial de Aguas Vivas

  • Keizer Christian Church

  • Salem Alliance Church

  • First Church of Christ, Scientist

  • Calvary Baptist Church of Salem

  • Peace Lutheran Church

  • To God Be the Glory

  • Prince of Peace

  • Salem Mennonite Church

  • St. Timothy’s Episcopal

  • St. John’s Lutheran

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Battlecreek, Brush Hills, Chapman Hill, Cooper Hollow, Eola Hills, Glen Creek, Monmouth 1st, Monmouth 3rd, Oakdale, and Perrydale wards

  • St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church

  • Dallas First Presbyterian

  • Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Temple Beth Sholom

  • First Baptist Church of Independence

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