At New City Initiative, our mission is to engage faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness by building supportive relationships.
On March 2, our first Village Support Network family moved from shelter into housing, accompanied by a Village Support Team from St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (see the article in the Oregonian here). Village Support Teams are groups of four or more volunteers from a congregation who are trained to provide support to a homeless family as they transition from shelter into housing. Since early March, 7 more families have been matched with support teams from congregations, and an additional 3 teams are in the process of being matched with families. These teams act as a "portable village" of support, extending the support families receive while living in shelter, as they find stability and community in the new neighborhoods they are moving into (to learn more about how the program works, watch this informative short presentation).
We still need to raise about $25,000 to continue this program through the end of 2013; that's a little over $1,000 per family, a small cost considering the savings to the community when homeless families become stable. Please consider becoming a monthly donor, or making a special holiday offering to support the Village Support Network.