What is Embrace?
Embrace Outreach exists to partner caring students, faculty members, and community members with the Department of Human Services (DHS) through hospitality and loving our neighbors in the name of Jesus. “We exist as ambassadors of Christ in whom the reality of God’s infinite compassion becomes concrete and tangible” (Nouwen) to children in the foster care system, DHS Employees, and foster parents. Embrace ministries exists to meet these children and those involved in their lives, in a posture of love and hospitality.
Through specific ministries like Welcome Boxes, where each child is given a box filled with toys, clothes, essential items, and a note of encouragement, Foster Parents Night Out, volunteering at the Yamhill DHS offices by waiting with a child entering into foster care during the orientation process, or preparing young adults aging out of the foster care through resources and mentorship, Embrace ministries will allow students to love their neighbors by coming alongside and serving with passion.
Foster Parent Night Out
Foster Parent Night Out is a monthly event (the second Saturday of the month from 4pm-8pm) where students will get to interact, mentor, and spend time with children in the foster care system while foster parents get a few hours off. There will be games, food, crafts, and much more. It will be held at Church on a Hill (home of an awesome indoor playground called Scotty's playhouse). We need your help! Whether you want to facilitate games, rock climbing, crafts, help with security, or help in the nursery, all skill sets are welcome and needed!
There are only 25 spots available, and you do need to be 18 years or older. Background checks will be required.
IMPORTANT: Please fill out the short form below to reserve your spot and let us know where you would most like to participate and put on your calendars the MANDATORY DHS training on 1/17 from 2pm-5pm in the Cap and Gown room. If you cannot make this training, there is one the next Sunday in Portland that you can attend.