Caring for those in need and welcoming all as Christ.
Following 30 years of loving care and service to homeless families and individuals in the Mt. Angel community, the Benedictine Sisters realized they could no longer sustain this vital ministry on their own. After exhaustive financial exploration, community research, and a year of management partnership, the Sisters asked Catholic Community Services to assume responsibility for St. Joseph Shelter beginning in July 2017.
St. Joseph Shelter is the only transitional housing program serving homeless families in the Mid-Willamette Valley outside of Salem. The demand for housing at the Shelter continues to increase due to insufficient inventory of affordable housing, the escalating home rental market, barriers to employment for families in crisis, and the increasing cost of living in the Pacific Northwest.
The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel established St. Joseph Shelter in 1988. The shelter is a ministry of hospitality in response to the Gospel message of caring for those in need and honoring St. Benedict’s instruction to welcome all as Christ. The shelter witnesses to the dignity of each person by providing meals, housing, clothing, advocacy, referrals, emergency assistance and a supportive community.
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