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As the Capital of Oregon, Salem is a central hub in the State for those who experience poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and mental illness.  On the southeast corner of Salem, a small movement known as Church@thePark has formed to interact in a relational way with people who find themselves challenged by one or more of these factors.  Church@thePark is a Collaborative Navigation Center supported by eight Churches working with the City of Salem, ARCHES, United Way, and the Marion-Polk Food Share.  Salem Leadership Foundation serves as the backbone collaborator and technical consultant. 

Church@thePark currently operates on a one-acre property with a 2,100-square-foot center located adjacent to Cascades Gateway Park.  The Navigation Center provides food security for more than 120 individuals a week providing one meal a day and pantry boxes twice a week in partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share.  Church@thePark is also a distribution center for sleeping bags, tents, tarps, socks, warming clothes, and hygiene items.  We have served as a Emergency Safe Parking location for 6 vehicle campers since January 1, 2020, and are now expanding to coordinate a Salem Safe Parking Network for up to eight sites with a capacity for 48 vehicles and 96 people sheltered.


PO Box 109, Salem, OR  97308

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