Throughout western Oregon we see many of our congregations engaged in ministry designed to alleviate the suffering of our under served populations. We also find individuals and churches who attempt to address the systemic causes of poverty. To help support these efforts, several decades ago our Diocese established the Fund for the Poor and Homeless. The Fund receives all of its monies from generous donations to the Thanksgiving Offering and baskets raffled at our Convention. Every dollar given to the Fund goes directly to support our congregation’s ministries in the community.
The Commission on Poverty and Homelessness is experimenting with a new timeline for grants. You will receive the request for proposal information at the end of July/beginning of August and can immediately begin sending in your proposals. Close date will be September 30. The Commission will meet the following week to review and do the grants; we hope to have the checks out the following week. In the meantime please note that the proposal information will remain substantially the same. We are eager to hear your plans for serving the Beloved Community and to assist you however we can. It is such a privilege and a blessing to walk with you in your vital work meeting Holy Needs.
This Fund supports many projects, including food pantries, community gardens, medical clinics, and homeless shelters. The Fund especially seeks to support new ministries that involve children and youth, involve community partners, or display innovative ways of addressing poverty’s many challenges.
We encourage your congregation to assess your current direct-relief and advocacy efforts and to consider ways in which you can be more effective in addressing the needs in your community.
Grants are limited to $1,000 per congregation. The projects must have active parishioner involvement. We especially encourage new requests and ones that try new approaches (such as an after-school program for enriching children’s lives or a language skills program). We do not fund salaries or capital improvements.
The 2018 grants were awarded in August. Click here to learn about the recipients.
Please contact convener Pamela Lyons-Nelson if you have any questions.
Every congregation in the diocese is invited to collect a special Thanksgiving offering at their Thanksgiving service and/or the Sundays before and after Thanksgiving. Click here to download a Thanksgiving Offering bulletin insert.
All of the money from this offering provides grants to congregations to support ministries serving people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.
Checks should be made to the Diocese of Oregon with CPH in the memo line and mailed to
Commission on Poverty and Homelessness
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
11800 SW Military Lane
Portland, OR 97219