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 two hands-on efforts to respond to homelessness in our area.

Family Promise

Here in our church, we participate in and support Family Promise, 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 Promise 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 opens every season from November-March, 7PM-7AM. We partner with local congregations with providing shelter for our guests throughout the season.

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.

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.

Framework International

School before and afterSeth 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.