Salem Continues to Explore Sheltering Options for January through March

Posted on December 19, 2019

City of Salem – 12/18/19 4:14 PM

Salem, Ore. – Our primary concern is public health and safety of all our residents, including our unsheltered neighbors. Through four churches in our community, the Salem Warming Network opens its doors to the unsheltered in our community when the temperature outdoors reaches 32 degrees or lower.  On Dec. 9, Salem’s City Council authorized more than $200,000 to open two of the existing warming shelter locations beginning Jan. 1 through the end of Mar. 2020. With this funding, ARCHES expects to provide additional beds to those experiencing homelessness in our community by keeping warming shelters open with a combination of new hires and volunteer support.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances within the First Presbyterian Church community, we understand that the church does not have the capacity to provide ongoing shelter from January through March.  First Presbyterian Church remains a valued community partner and is committed to operating its warming center at 32 degrees or lower.

Staff are rapidly exploring other sites for shelter operations by reaching out to other churches in the warming shelter network and looking at other buildings as possible options for a 90-day nightly operation.

To help those in need, including our unsheltered neighbors, you can give your time at a shelter or meal site, your change, or food and personal items to groups and organizations helping those in need in our community.

No matter the size, your contributions will go the furthest towards making a difference by donating through these established organizations, you can play an integral role in improving the lives of individuals, while helping your community. Donate today to support these charities in our community.

The ARCHES Project

Services and referral to housing for those experiencing homelessness

615 Commercial St NE, Salem

(503) 399-9080

Center for Hope & Safety

Safe refuge and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

605 Center St NE, Salem

(503) 378-1572

Congregations Helping People

Salem churches working together to help people in need

636 State St, Salem

(503) 391-4365

Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Transitional housing for children and families

1055 Edgewater St NW, Salem

(503) 370-9752

HOME Youth & Resource Center

Emergency housing and support for young adultes

625 Union St NE, Salem

(503) 391-6428

Host Youth & Family

Emergency housing and support for young adults

1143 Liberty St NE, Salem

(503) 588-5825

Marion Polk Food Share

Emergency food distribution

1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem

(503) 581-3855

Northwest Human Services

Medical care and transitional programs

335 Belmont St NE, Salem

(503) 585-7317

Simonka Place

Shelter for women and children

5119 River Rd N, Keizer

(503) 362-7487

The Salvation Army Family Services Building

Social services organization

1977 Front St NE, Salem

(503) 585-6688

St Francis Shelter

Shelter for families experiencing homeless

1820 Berry St SE, Salem

(503) 588-0428

Union Gospel Mission of Salem

Emergency shelter

345 Commercial St NE, Salem

(503) 362-3983

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Non-profit working to fund more shelters

455 Bliler Avenue NE, Salem

(503) 363-1651

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