12Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
To restore dignity and relieve hunger through SHARED MEALS.
To intentionally LISTEN TO THE STORIES of those who are experiencing homelessness, while looking for opportunities to affirm assets and motivation.
To ASK those who are homeless about current goals and PRAY FOR EVERY NEED we can.
To meet critical needs of shelter and clothing through RELATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS.
To increase our ADVOCACY, AWARENESS, UNDERSTANDING, and LOVE for the homeless in Salem.
To invite all who join us to SERVANTHOOD and leadership.
To say NO to VIOLENCE, and YES to making PEACE as a COMMUNITY.
a banquet of love & acceptance for those who need it most
GENERAL INQUIRIES & SAFE PARKING: (971) 375-7491
CCS MICRO SHELTER LOCATION: (503) 507-2144
VILLAGE OF HOPE MICRO SHELTER LOCATION: (503) 507-4992
Founding Pastor &
Chief Executive Officer
Overseer of a beautiful mess. Champion for the vision, partnerships and training of leaders who seek mutual transformations. DJ seeks to develop new leaders, partnerships and resources to free those experiencing homelessness from the bondage of scarcity and invite everyone into a community of abundance.
Pastor & Chief
Josh has served youth and families through providing after school opportunities, workforce development and safe family environments across the state. Seeing the unsheltered individuals in our city has motivated him to develop new dignifying, low barrier jobs, and shelters. Reach out to Josh for more about our shelter sites and job opportunities.
Housing & Chief
After growing up in Salem and obtaining her MSW at Eastern Washington University, Sam spent 10 years in Spokane developing programs to support people experiencing homelessness. She recently moved back to Oregon with her family and is supporting our case management, outreach, grants and business management teams.
John is a graduate of Whitworth University, where he earned a degree in Peace Studies, and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity at Portland Seminary. Captivated by the theme of Shalom, John works with our staff and volunteers to design services that are relevant, dignifying, and restorative for our community.
With a background in advocacy and her previous experience working for CASA, Elene is the Shelter Manager for Church@thePark. She continues her passion in social services through being a listening ear and helping to create a safe environment for our guests to shelter and feel accepted.
Cheyenne is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor’s of education in Family and Human Services. She is passionate about inviting our unhoused neighbors into meaningful relationships of inclusion and mutual transformation by welcoming all guests and partners of Church@thePark to the banquet of belonging.
Navigation Services Manager
Matt graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor's in Psychology. He has experience in both case management and program development. Matt is committed to supporting and strengthening the outreach, case management, and health navigation teams at Church@thePark in order to effectively serve those who are most vulnerable in our community.
Pastor & Building Director
Rob is passionate about developing spaces that promote human flourishing. He holds a MA in Global Development and Justice from Multnomah University and has served as an ordained minister for over 20 years, with experience in worship arts, counseling, discipleship, and facility renovations and project management. He enjoys building authentic relationships for holistic, mutual growth.
Mari Anne comes to us with a background of 30 years of political and campaign experience. After a couple years of retirement, she decided it was time to give back to her community and she found Church at the Park. The overall love and kindness of the Church and the homeless inspired her to serve in any way she could be helpful. Mari Anne represents us at the City Council, Neighborhood Associations, County government and with the State Legislature.
Human Resources Coordinator
Debi brings a heart to help the staff and guests at Church@thePark. Her Psychology degree from UW and certified professional designation in Human Resources meshes with her experience working in faith based organizations, higher education, and emergency management. Mainly she just loves helping, mentoring, and listening to people.