If you haven’t heard the news, we changed our name to Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley. The name change reflects our targeted vision and broad range of programs to end family homelessness in our community. Our new name refers to the promise from local congregations, and others in our community, make to the families we serve.  It also connects us to National Family Promise while referring to the promise, the potential and the inherent value in every family.

While our name has changed, our mission and passion for transformation has not. 

Since opening our doors in 1999, we have served thousands of individuals, and over 2,000 families with children. Last year alone, 253 children get successfully housed and additional 259 were able to maintain their housing -- a 95% success rate of helping families build a life of self-sufficiency. 

We remain committed to the practice of hospitality and our core program, the Interfaith Hospitality Network.   We are deeply grateful to everyone who has worked over the past 19 years to dream, establish, support and sustain the success at Salem IHN. Homeless families are transformed, obtain housing and increased their quality of living. We look forward to continuing to build on that success working alongside people like you.


We are congregations practicing hospitality to stand together against
homelessness and to see lives changed; including our own.


We Strive to

  • ...provide hospitality
  • ...see mutual transformation
  • ...encourage faith in action
  • ...empower, not enable
  • ...grow positive self-esteem
  • ...create a sense of belonging


While the loss of a home is a tragedy for anyone, it’s especially devastating for families.  Leaders in our community were shocked to learn in 1999 that over 1000 kids in our area were homeless.  That heartbreaking number prompted our opening.  We began as a grassroots effort by a few local churches and began hosting families in May of 1999.  Today, our mission has not changed.  Over 2,000 volunteers are mobilized from over 42 congregations to provide emergency and short-term housing for homeless families with children.  Our program works because of people like you, coming alongside our program to provide shelter, meals and compassionate assistance to our neighbors in need.  Led by our faith, committed volunteers and a community who cares – Family Promise will strategically work to end homelessness in the mid-valley; one family at a time. 


T.J. Putman – Executive Director


-Can count cards.
-Was fifth grade city chess champion.
-Likes watching reality TV shows. 

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.  It's easy to say, "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem."  Then there are those who see the need and respond.  I consider those people my hereos."  Mr. Rogers. 

Julie B. – Family Case Manager

Julie Staff Photo

-Loves roller coasters so much that she rode the Mamba 20 times on her 20th wedding anniversary.
-Has an uncanny ability to gauge the weight of luggage within a pound.
-Loves skydiving and reading the Bible, but never at the same time.

“Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.” – Patel

Megan J. – Program Assistant

Megan Staff Photo
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-Once knew all the Alphapet characters
-Never uses an umbrella
-Orders milk with Mexican food.

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."- St. Julian of Norwich

Board of Trustees


Dwayne Hilty

Salem Leadership Foundation


Michael Lamb

Seminary Student and Retired Actuary


Darcy French
Department of Transportation


Vice President 

Miriam Haugen

Haugen's Galleri


Carl Cramer

Law Office of Carl Cramer


Mat Nyquist

Valley Mental Health


Cherie Renae Atiyeh

Cherie Renae Studios


Gigi Merrill

Oregon Department of Justice 


Sara Shatto

Keller Williams Capital City Real Estate

We’re always looking for community members with time and energy to dedicate to this wonderful organization. Interested in joining our board? Please send us an email!


Together with the volunteers, our hosting and supporting congregations are the backbone of the network. Hosting rotates weekly among the 19 host congregations in our network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals daily, and hospitality. Support Congregations assist the Hosts.

Hosting Congregations

First Christian Church
Holy Cross Lutheran
Our Savior’s Lutheran
Queen of Peace Catholic Parish
St. Mark Lutheran
Trinity Covenant Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Westminster Presbyterian Church
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish
St. Edward Catholic Church
St. Edward’s Episcopal Church
Salem First Presbyterian Church
Salem First Free Methodist Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Joseph Catholic
First United Methodist Church
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Christ’s Church Monmouth

Supporting Congregations

Manantial de Aguas Vivas
Keizer Christian Church
Salem Alliance Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Calvary Baptist Church of Salem
Peace Lutheran Church
To God Be the Glory
Prince of Peace
Salem Mennonite Church
St. Timothy’s Episcopal
St. John’s Lutheran
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Battlecreek, Brush Hills, Chapman Hill, Cooper Hollow, Eola Hills, Glen Creek, Monmouth 1st, Monmouth 3rd, Oakdale, and Perrydale wards
St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church
Dallas First Presbyterian
Trinity Lutheran Church
Temple Beth Sholom
First Baptist Church of Independence