Beaverton First United Methodist Church
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
Cedar Mill Bible
City of Beaverton
Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon
Sunset Presbyterian Church
Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation (THPRD)
Westside Church of Christ
Westside United Methodist Church
Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
Cedar Hills Baptist Church
Lake Oswego United Church of Christ
LDS Beaverton West Stake
St. Juan Diego
City of Beaverton - Support Letter from Mayor Denny Doyle
Become a Host Congregation
Host congregations are the key component to Family Promise and our ability to serve families. We are currently working to identify 13 congregations of varying faiths and backgrounds to host up to four families a week, four times a year. The congregations provide families with a safe place to sleep, breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as spending quality time with the families. A host site or support congregation does not need to be a church or faith based organization. Family Promise of Beaverton welcomes the support from all organizations willing to help families experiencing homelessness in the Beaverton area.
What is Needed for a Congregation to Host?
The following are the basics for a congregation to be a Family Promise Host:
- Space for up to four families (no more than 14 individuals) to stay for a week at a time, four times per year. The space for each family can be private or semi-private and can be classrooms, offices or a large hall with dividers. The space for all guests should remain in place during their week stay to allow the families to call this place their home for the week.
- A common area for meals, homework, relaxation and fellowship. Access to a TV and/or video games is a plus.
- Two bathrooms: one for women and one for men. (The day center will provide showers and laundry facilities for the guest families)
- Space for two volunteers to sleepover during the night (any available space at the congregation can be used such as offices, hallways etc.)
- A kitchen or food preparation area to prepare and serve meals for the guest families. Meals may be prepared on site, or cooked elsewhere and brought to the host site.
- The congregation is responsible for all meals (nutritious cooked dinners, simple breakfasts and supplies for sack lunches) bed linens and various basic items such as toys, soap, etc. Family Promise supplies the beds.
- Volunteers: a congregation should have at least two volunteers present and generally not more than four at a time from 5pm in the evening until 6am the next morning on each of the 7 days during the week the congregation is hosting the guest families.
- A lead coordinator to coordinate all of the volunteer and activities during the week
What if we can’t provide both volunteers and a building to host the guest families?
This is not a problem. A host site can be made up of multiple congregations, each providing the building or volunteers and meals as they are able. For example, a host site may be made up of:
- Congregation “A” who only can provide the building (Host Site Congregation)
- Congregation “B” who only can provide volunteers & meals (Support Congregation)
A Typical Host Week
During the week there are approximately 50 slots for volunteers. Some congregations have a different member for each slot; others have volunteers take on multiple roles. Volunteers are assigned duties by the Coordinator, a member of the host congregation who oversees the week.
Each night of hosting
During the day (Families are not at the congregation)
The next Sunday
Become a Support Congregation
Do you want to get involved in helping homeless families? Do you want to become a host congregation or a support congregation? Maybe want to get involved but are not sure how you can help?
Contact us for more information and find out how you and your congregation can get involved with Family Promise of Beaverton. Sign up below.
Fill this form out to become a host for our families