Community of Hope, a collaborative association of North Portland churches, will inaugurate its shelter for homeless single moms and their children in early February.
The shelter, located at Red Sea Church, will provide transitional housing for four homeless families at a time. During the day, Community of Hope will hold classes designed to help residents build skills, access resources, and heal from trauma. Residents will stay at the shelter for about 4-6 months.
“We want to offer more than just a place to stay,” says Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Community of Hope’s program director. “We’re looking for families that really want to make a change and are looking for support to make that happen.” The recently accepted its first resident family and plans to open on February 4.
Volunteers will play a crucial role in keeping the shelter running smoothly, Devlaeminck says. Two volunteers will stay at the shelter with the residents each night. Others will help prepare meals, teach and assist with classes, make quilts for residents, and even, Devlaemink hopes, act as mentors. People can also donate toiletries and other necessities, give financially, or participate in prayer.