The Northwest Hub has made a name for itself by giving hundreds of Salemites access to bicycles. For many of its own staff, the work has been a lifeline. The non-profit plans to expand its vocational training in the years to come.
With a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund announced Tuesday, the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency said it can get the majority of unsheltered Salem families off the streets within a few years.
A warehouse renovation will add space for 32 parents and children to sleep at Church at the Park’s family micro shelter site in northeast Salem.
With a commercial kitchen planned to open next fall, Church at the Park hopes to bring its food services in-house and provide young shelter residents with commercial food training to bolster their resumes.
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency will be able to hire staff to run emergency shelters on freezing nights throughout the winter after six months of pushing for more money.
The Salem Warming Network is seeking volunteers to help run warming shelters during the winter after seeing a substantial budget reduction. A volunteer event at the YMCA on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. will share information about how to get involved.