Newberg has a growing population of people experiencing homelessness and only two free shelters in which they can stay. The mission of the Newberg Community Shelter is to provide women and children with a safe place, a hot meal and opportunities to achieve stability.
“Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things into right relationship again.”
-When Helping Hurts
The shelter is staffed by a Shelter Coordinator who works side by side with our guests to address the issues that led to homelessness.
Volunteer Shelter Hosts spend the night in the house to provide overnight presence. Hosts enjoy a meal with the women, provide conversation and friendship during the evening and then retire at 10PM to sleep.
Hosts usually wake up at 7AM. The women leave by 8AM. Training is provided to volunteer Shelter Hosts and support is always a phone call away.
Studies show that lasting life transformation happens when people engage in new relationships that model health and mutual respect. The consistent presence of a varied pool of Christ followers in the lives of the women we serve is powerful when combined with the positive case management our Shelter Coordinator provides.
The Newberg Community Shelter provides opportunities for Christians to put feet to their faith and use their God-given gifts, talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
The Newberg Community Shelter is open to all women and children in the Newberg area. Contact Love INC by calling 503-537-3999 for availability or arrive at 215 S. Main St. between 6PM and 8PM.
Husband and wife or two women can host in the shelter one night a month.
You and your host partner would have your own bedroom and bathroom on the main floor and all of the shelter guests sleep upstairs in bunk beds.
It is not necessary to stay awake all night and it very easy to serve in this setting.
“I think it was Henry Blackaby who talked about finding where God is already at work, because God is at work everywhere and joining what he is doing. That is what this experience has been for us; just joining in to a work that God is already obviously involved in. I love being part of the shelter, it’s a great thing to be a part of.”Diana Harris, Shelter Host
“For God to bless us with her stepping out and being obedient to Him and His call in our lives. We think we are going to bless somebody else, right? I think that’s probably why we volunteer, because God has blessed us but in return, expecting nothing back, God blesses us and we had no idea that God would allow us to bless Him. His words work through us. That repercussion of love in the testimonies of the women who stay in the shelter is truly amazing.”Clyde Zahn, Shelter Host
“The Newberg-Dundee Police Department finds [the shelter] invaluable to our community. So often, officers come across homeless folks through the course of their duties. It is heartening to know that there is a viable resource that our officers can refer women and children to, to obtain a good mean and a good night’s sleep before having to face yet another day of uncertainity.”Chris Bolek, Captain - Patrol Division, Newberg Police Department
“We are just absolutely blessed to be part of what Newberg is doing here. Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to serve…”Steve Gilday, Shelter Host