Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach is George Fox's weekly homeless ministry to Salem and Portland. Our goal is to reach out to the homeless in a way that touches their hearts and ours. By reaching out in the compassionate love of Christ for the least of these, we teach ourselves how to expand our worlds to include those we exclude and to make time for those who nobody has time for.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me... Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25:35-36,40

Weekly Ministry

We go to locations in Portland and Salem each week. It takes about an hour to get to each location. We will help our ministry partners, who have been doing these ministries for years, to set up and serve food. We will also give clothing or other items as we have them. The goal of all of these activities is to get to know the people that are there. We want to learn about them and from them as much as we want to help them in our small way.

Every ministry trip will leave from the Bruin's Den. Transportation to and from all Urban events is provided till the car or van is filled (in the rare event of filling our seats, we usually work something out). We go to Portland just on Friday and we go to Salem Friday and Saturday.  

Portland: 5:30–9 p.m., Friday evenings

In Portland, we meet at a street location under the freeway for "Dave's Table."  Dave is a Portland resident who has been bringing food out for folks for several years.  We meet up with Dave and the folks who help out to serve food and chat.

For information about Portland, contact Portland Urban Outreach Coordinator David Ween at dween12@georgefox.edu

Salem: 5–8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings

In Salem, we meet at Marion Square Park under the bridge.  It started as a group of folks doing a ministry known as "The PB & J Ministry" because of the sandwiches they always brought.  The cast has changed slightly over the years, but the service of hot food and warm clothing remains the same.

For information about Friday, contact Salem Urban Outreach Coordinator Steven Ching at sching10@georgefox.edu.

For information about Saturday, contact Salem Urban Outreach Assistant Coordinator Katrina Solum at ksolum11@georgefox.edu.

Learn more about us through the George Fox University Vimeo channel.