||Family Winter Shelter
The Need For the Family Winter Shelter
Family homelessness is a genuine concern in our community. The January 26, 2011 One Night Shelter Count identified 5,220 homeless people in Multnomah County. Of those 5,220 homeless people, 2,784 were people in families, including 1,602 children under the age of 18. People in homeless families, including infants and children, made up over half (53%) of all the homeless people in the count.
These families are homeless, living in cars, tents, or other places not meant for human habitation. They have nowhere safe or warm to spend the night. In response to this critical health and safety issue, Human Solutions has opened the eastside Family Winter Shelter.
About the Family Winter Shelter
Part of the Family Shelter-to-Housing Partnership, the Family Winter Shelter at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 NE Halsey in Portland, is a seasonal 60 bed homeless family shelter operating from November 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013.
The Family Winter Shelter will be open every night from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Here, families with children will have a warm, dry, safe and welcoming place to sleep. During the day, families staying in the Family Winter Shelter will have access to housing, employment and other services designated to quickly end their homelessness at the nearby Human Solutions Daybreak Shelter.
How can I get to the Family Winter Shelter using public transport?
Trimet Bus # 77 goes by the Family Winter Shelter at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ located at 12505 NE Halsey. Please visit Trimet to plan your trip.
What is offered at the Family Winter Shelter?
The Family Winter Shelter will give homeless families a secure place to get out of the cold each evening—a place where parents can know that their children are safe. During the day parents will be able to go to our Daybreak Shelter or 13 Salmon Day Center to access assistance in finding housing, employment and other services needed to end their homelessness.
Help get the word out
Please share this flyer with your friends, families and coworkers. The flyer is about the Family Winter Shelter and how you can make a DIFFERENCE.
Family Shelter-to-Housing Partnership
The Family Shelter-to-Housing Partnership is a collaboration between the faith community, Multnomah County, and area nonprofit organizations providing shelter, housing placement and supportive services to homeless families in Portland and East Multnomah County. Partners include: Human Solutions, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, First United Methodist Church, First Unitarian Church, Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, and 211info.
This partnership includes Human Solutions’ Daybreak Shelter Network and Family Winter Shelter, as well as the Portland Homeless Family Solutions (operating the Goose Hollow Family Shelter and the Thirteen Salmon Family Center) in SW Portland and Common Cup Shelter in close-in SE Portland.
To volunteer or to donate, please contact
Amie Diffenauer at 503-841-1728 or
Click Below for the following information
Volunteer Rules and Guidelines
Background Permission Form
The Winter Family Shelter season has begun, opening November 1! Many of you want to learn how you can support the shelter. There are several ways:
To make and/or donate a hot meal for shelter families, please contact Amie Diffenauer at (503) 841-1728 or via e-mail: email@example.com
- Volunteer to Assist at the Shelter
To volunteer at the shelter, please contact Amie Diffenauer at (503) 841-1728 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
While the shelter has many needs, it also has very limited storage space. Therefore, the items which the shelter can benefit from are very specific, as follows:
- Diapers & “Pull-Ups” (all sizes)
- Baby Formula (any)
- “Onsies” / Body Suits & Knit, Pull-On Pants
- Powder (individual / travel size preferred)
- Baby Wipes (individual / travel size preferred)
Please note: The shelter does *not* accept donated dolls / stuffed animals (due to bed bug and mites risk factors).
Clothing (Children’s, Men’s & Women’s)
- Hats, Gloves & Scarves ~ fleece and store-brands (vs. hand-knit) is what the shelter residents seem to prefer
- Sleepwear ~ pajamas, sweat pants & long-sleeve T-shirts / knit shirts
- Socks ~ there’s always a great, ongoing need for socks!
- Underwear (all) & Women’s Bras
Please note: There is little need and little storage space for day / dress clothes, shoes, etc. … the day shelters provide such things.
- Individually Wrapped Cereal Bars / Granola Bars
- Individual Boxes of Dried Cranberries / Raisins
- Individually Packaged Applesauce & Fruit Cups
- Individual Juice & Milk Boxes
- Individual Cup ‘O Noodle (soup cups)
- Antibacterial Hand Wipes & Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Liquid Soap & Individual / Travel-Size Bar Soap (*no* shampoo and *no* conditioner please)
- Travel-Size Lotion
- Travel-Size Toothpaste & Toothbrushes (*no* dental floss please)
- Wash Clothes (no towels please ~ we have no shower facilities)
- Pillows and Adult Sized Blankets
- Antibacterial Spray Cleaner, Disinfecting Wipes & Lysol Spray
- Gift Cards to: Costco, Target & Wal*Mart
- Sharpies, Masking Tape & Large Trash Bags
- Disposable Cups, Bowls, Plates & Forks, Knives & Spoons
- Paper Towels & Napkins
If you have items to donate to the shelter, please contact Amie Diffenauer at (503) 841-1728 or via e-mail: email@example.com. Starting November 1, donations can be dropped off at the Family Winter Shelter seven days a week between the hours of 7:00pm and 9:00pm, 12505 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR.
Thank you for your support!