Parishioner groups participate in these programs as well as many others. Contact us if you would like to join a group or need help in finding the organization best suited to your gifts.
Organizations We Volunteer With
Helping Hands was originally organized by June Hughes and other women of St. Paul's in 1967. Today, parishioners from St. Paul's are joined by volunteers from several other churches. These individuals are all committed to the work they do in serving hundreds of people each month, providing clothes, layettes, bedding and small items such as dishes and pots & pans to the needy. Everything used is donated and is provided to those in need at no charge. It is located at 1755 13th Street SE.
St. Paul’s is part of a dedicated team of people across 18 hosting congregations, 17 supporting congregations and the full-time staff caseworkers and coordinators at the not-for-profit Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network. The churches and their supporting congregations provide an evening and a morning meal for homeless families with children in our community, while professional full-time staff at the not-for-profit’s offices provide intensive casework and assistance in obtaining affordable housing, employment, or other services. Working with the support of congregations, Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network keeps families together in a time of crisis by assisting families during temporary periods of homelessness, encouraging them to create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency. Learn more about this network here - www.salemihn.org
Sign up to volunteer: February 19 - February 25
A minimum of 42 parishioner-volunteers are required to make each hosting week run smoothly. Groups are welcome and encouraged. Volunteer job descriptions can be found here
. Online sign-ups are available above, as well as in the Narthex the three weeks prior to each hosting opportunity.
2017 IHN Host Weeks:
- Sunday, February 19 - Saturday, 25 (and Sunday am)
- Sunday, May 7 - Saturday, May 19 (and Sunday am)
- Sunday, August 6 - Saturday, August 13 (and Sunday am)
- Sunday, November 19 - Saturday, Nov. 25 (and Sunday am) - THANKSGIVING WEEK
Kairos Soup Kitchen
The Kairos Soup Kitchen takes place at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem every Sunday. This event is hosted by Salem area churches and volunteers who participate in the program. Homeless people (usually 50 - 70 guests) are served at the event.
Simonka House provides emergency services, such as nourishing meals, warm safe shelter, a hot shower, clean clothing and personal care items are just the first step in sharing Christ’s love and providing for those in need.
Walton Guest House
Walton Guest House provides a "home away from home" in a caring atmosphere for those who are from out of town and have relatives or friends in Salem Hospital, and who might otherwise be unable to obtain lodging at a time of personal crisis. The Salem Hospital Social Services Department coordinates eligibility and admissions. Read More>>