Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley is a consortium of 35 local churches that assists homeless families in the greater Salem community. Hosting rotates weekly among 17 host congregations in the network, with support congregations assisting.
The goal of Family Promise is to empower families to help themselves. As families graduate to their own homes, Family Promise continues to help ensure family self-sufficiency by providing rent subsidies, household donations and life skills classes for up to seven months.
These services are especially important during the pandemic and the aftermath of the recent fires. Because of these issues, Family Promise has found resources to help more families. While families are no longer staying with host congregations, hosts still provide meals and groceries during their host week.
UUCS is scheduled to host 4 times in 2021. Our first week will begin January 17. We will need to provide meals on Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday for up to 20 people. The meals are delivered to 2 places. The UUCS Family Promise Team is ready and able to assist you with cooking and meal delivery. It is also possible for several volunteers to work on one meal. The more volunteers we have, the lighter the load for each person. Click here to volunteer and check the Family Promise website for more information.
Future hosting dates are the weeks beginning April 4, August 22, and December 5.