Beth Israel Opens Portland Homeless Family Solutions Emergency Winter Shelter

On December 4, 2017, Multnomah County shelters were packed to the brim, leaving  homeless families out in the cold with no place to sleep but the streets of Portland. When the City and County asked Portland Homeless Family Solutions for assistance, they reached out to their long-time partner Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland for help.  Congregation Beth Israel did not hesitate.

  Congregation Beth Israel (Interfaith Alliance member) will be opening their doors to  provide "an emergency winter family shelter"  from December 11, 2017 through April 30, 2018 to accommodate 75 moms, dads, and kids

You can help us make this new shelter a success! 

  • Volunteer to help set up the shelter: Join us between December 4-10 to set up the beds, organize shelter supplies, and get ready to welcome families. Email  to sign up.
  • Volunteer to help run the shelter: Bring food for dinner, come play with kids, or help keep the night running smoothly. Please attend a volunteer orientation on Thursday, December 7 or Sunday, December 10. RSVP required: email to sign up for an orientation.

  • Donate these supplies: Hygiene supplies like soap & shampoo, tooth paste & brushes, and deodorant, breakfast and snack foods, blankets and twin sheet sets, pillows and pillow cases, and warm winter coats. We are also collecting holidays toys for kids in shelter. Email  to coordinate donations.
  • Give a financial contribution: The County & City are funding the operation of the shelter, but they aren't providing funding to help families from shelter move into housing. Help us end homelessness by donating money that we can use to help families in shelter get back into homes - and stay there. Donate here!

We always say it takes a village to raise a family, and we are going to need you - our village - to help make this shelter successful.