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.
-Lives on a farm that has been owned by my family for the last 100 years.
“Yes Netflix, I’m still watching."

Julie Brown – Family Case Manager


-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

Jill Summers – Program Manager


-Used to teach the sport of fencing
-Reads at least sixty books a year
-Likes to send postcards to friends around the country just because
“Try everything twice.”

Melissa Hawes – Program Assistant


-Held the record for flexibility at her elementary school for five years.
-Her first offer from someone to buy a piece of her art was in 1st grade.
-Has never had a cavity.
“I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul”- Invictus -William Ernest Henley

Kalie Weninger – Family Case Manager


-Read through the Harry Potter series so many times that she switched to reading them in Spanish just to change things up a bit.
-Spent a semester studying at Charles University in Prague
-Obsessed with true crime
“When- if not now? Who- if not us?” – Velvet Revolution, Czech Republic

Board of Trustees


Cherie Renae Atiyeh

Cherie Renae Studios


Michael Lamb

Actuarial Consultant


Mette Mosquera


Vice President

Dwayne Hilty

Soma Church and Salem Leadership Foundation


Mat Nyquist

Valley Mental Health


Kathleen Fish

World Beat


Carl Cramer

Carl Cramer Law


Tom Scheuermann

Oregon State University

Ex Officio

TJ Putman

Executive Director, Family Promise 

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

Salem Alliance Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Calvary Baptist Church of Salem
Peace Lutheran Church
To God Be the Glory
Northgate Community Church
Prince of Peace
Salem Mennonite Church
St. Timothy’s Episcopal
SOMA Church
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
First Baptist Church of Independence