Homelessness Response: A Mission Priority in our Church
Homelessness in Washington County is an area for serious concern and direct action. Forest Grove UCC participates in three hands-on efforts to respond to homelessness in our area.
Here in our church, we participate in and support Family Bridge, where we partner with other churches to host homeless families for a week at a time while they receive assistance finding work and housing. Family Bridge always needs volunteers to serve as overnight hosts and meal hosts. For more information, please contact Myra Beeler through our office.
Temporary Emergency Shelter
The Forest Grove Temporary Emergency Shelter will open for the 2017/2018 season on Monday, November 20–March 31. Shelter is offered Monday and Tuesday nights, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Forest Grove UCC (2032 College Way) and Wednesday nights, same hours, at The Alcove—Forest Grove Sonrise church annex behind Safeway.
Our shelter spaces can accommodate 15 single guests and up to two families with children in separate areas. Shelter includes two meals and a safe place to sleep, no other services are offered. Shower tickets are available for overnight guests through the Forest Grove Aquatic Center.
We have received ample donations of blankets and clothing at this time. If you would like to donate food to help feed our guests, please freeze and package it in clear, sealed containers of no more than 4-6 servings, labeled with contents and a date. We are also happy to receive monetary donations to help offset shelter costs. Please direct those donations to Forest Grove United Church of Christ Temporary Emergency Shelter. Thank you for your support.
Seth Prickett grew up in our church and has taken his ministry to Ghana, Africa where he and his non-profit agency, Framework International have helped build schools for children. Seth is currently on Mission in Africa and takes with him donations from selling beautiful handmade baskets from the women of Ghana.