Poverty and Homelessness Working Group

Poverty and Homelessness Working Group


CPH logoThroughout western Oregon, we see many of our congregations engaged in ministry designed to alleviate the suffering of our underserved populations. We also find individuals and churches who attempt to address the systemic causes of poverty. To help support these efforts, several decades ago our Diocese established the Fund for the Poor and Homeless. The Fund receives all of its monies from generous donations to the Thanksgiving Offering and baskets raffled at our Convention. Every dollar given to the Fund goes directly to support our congregation’s ministries in the community.

This Fund supports many projects, including food pantries, community gardens, medical clinics, and homeless shelters. The Fund especially seeks to support new ministries that involve children and youth, involve community partners, or display innovative ways of addressing poverty’s many challenges.

We encourage your congregation to assess your current direct-relief and advocacy efforts and to consider ways in which you can be more effective in addressing the needs in your community.

Grants are limited to $1,000 per congregation. The projects must have active parishio­ner involvement. We especially encourage new requests and ones that try new approaches (such as an after-school program for enriching children’s lives or a language skills program). We do not fund salaries or capital improvements.

The grant cycle for 2021 is open, applications are due September 30 to Pamela Lyons-Nelson. Download the application here.

Please contact convener Pamela Lyons-Nelson if you have any questions.

Baskets of Plenty Silent and Virtual Auction

Thank you for a successful virtual and silent auction! We will be able to fund so many projects and grants from your generosity.

Every congregation in the diocese is invited to collect a special Thanksgiving offering at their Thanksgiving service and/or the Sundays before and after Thanksgiving. 

All of the money from this offering provides grants to congregations to support ministries serving people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.

Checks should be made to the Diocese of Oregon with CPH in the memo line and mailed to:

Commission on Poverty and Homelessness
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
11800 SW Military Lane
Portland, OR 97219