Become a Host Site


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Local houses of worship act as our host locations by providing temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings or by sponsoring a hotel for a week. We also work with various committed support organizations that provide invaluable support on various levels for our needs.

For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing, and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.

Volunteers of all faiths, changing lives.


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location


Local houses of worship and other organizations provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings or by sponsoringor a  week of hotel. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms

We need your help!

Can your faith group become a host or support organization?

Become a host organization.

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Committed Host Locations

  • Aloha United Methodist Church

  • Beaverton Bethlehem Lutheran Church

  • Beaverton First United Methodist Church

  • Beaverton Southminster Presbyterian Church

  • Cedar Hills United Church of Christ

  • City of Beaverton

  • Cornelius Emanuel Lutheran Church (several congregations work together for hosting)

  • Forest Grove Old Town Church UMC

  • Forest Grove United Church of Christ

  • Forest Grove United Methodist Church

  • Hillsboro First Congregational UCC

  • Hillsboro Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • New Life Baptist Church

  • Parkside Fellowship

  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church

  • St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

  • St. Cecilia Catholic Church

  • Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

  • Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation (THPRD)

  • Westside Church of Christ

  • Westside United Methodist Church

Committed Support Organizations

  • Cedar Hills Baptist Church


  • Lake Oswego United Church of Christ


  • LDS Beaverton West Stake


  • Orenco Presbyterian


  • St. Juan Diego