SOS opens December 1, 2014
A collaborative effort of local churches, businesses, foundations and the
Washington County Community.
The Shelter at Orenco Station serves homeless men, women and couples without children during the coldest months of the winter. During extreme situations the SOS Shelter will permit families with children to stay overnight.The shelter provides a safe, warm place to stay overnight. During the winter months of December, January and February the shelter remains open for 90 consecutive days, regardless of if it's extreme weather or not. In order to best serve our homeless friends during this time, the SOS Shelter operates as an enrollment program. This means that once you are "enrolled" into the shelter you have a guaranteed bed until the shelter closes. The only way to lose your spot is to miss two consecutive nights or two nights in one week. Upon arrival the shelter welcomes guests and volunteers and require both to sign in for the evening. Later in the evening a warm dinner is served along with other necessary resources. Upon leaving the shelter in the morning a breakfast is provided. The shelter is hosted at Sonrise Church Hillsboro and is made possible by the support of over 200 volunteers from 22 area churches and by members of the greater Washington County community.Volunteers are vital to shelter operation and perform various tasks such as checking-in guests, preparing the evening meal and serving as evening and overnight hosts.
New volunteers and groups are always welcome to come for an evening and see the shelter in action.
If you are homeless and seeking shelter resources, The Shelter at Orenco Station opens December 1, 2014. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 5:45pm - 8:30am, Saturday 8:00pm - 7:30am and Sunday 6:00pm - 8:30am. Please do not arrive at the church earlier than these designated times. Paperwork and information will be collected when you enter the shelter. TB tests are required to stay overnight. We provide each individual with a sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Men and women sleep in separate areas but children are welcome to stay with their parent, in their own separate sleeping rooms. During shelter operation we provide showers on designated nights, clothing, hygiene items, employment resources and other resources when available. The SOS Shelter is only able to house up to 45 individuals an evening and space fills up quickly for the evening. If you are only seeking a hot meal, feel free to join us for dinner Sunday-Friday at 6:30pm and Saturday nights at 8:30pm.
Mission Statement: Guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we come together to provide a winter shelter that meets our guests physical and spiritual needs in an atmosphere that reflects God's boundless love. We will always maintain a safe environment for our guests and volunteers. We strive to be good stewards of the resources and trust given to us by our supporters and the church in which we operate.