What We Do
We don't have to look far to see the problem of family homelessness — it's happening all around us. The 2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that 27% of Oregon’s children have parents that lack secure employment and 32% live in households where there is a high housing cost burden. New data from the Oregon Department of Education (ODOE) shows the number of homeless students in Oregon increased 2% last school year, continuing a trend over the last decade. In Clackamas County, ODOE reported that 1,542 students were identified as homeless during the last school year, and Washington County still has one of the highest homeless student populations in the state.
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley serves families experiencing homelessness from the Tigard-Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego and West Linn school districts. Our network of eighteen civic and religious organizations help us to provide shelter, meals and a supportive community for our guests 365 days per year.
During the day, students attend school as their parents utilize our day center to meet their case management goals to find work and connect with resources. Our calm and comfortable day center offers a kitchen, washer & dryer, showers, a day bed for those working nights, and computer work stations. After school, the children return to the day center where they spend time with their family, enjoy our play room, and explore the landscape and farm next door before they head off for dinner, homework and sleeping at our host site that evening.
In addition to working one-on-one with individual families, Family Promise of Tualatin Valley advocates for families experiencing homelessness at the city, county and state level. We partner with our local community to holistically address the root causes of family homelessness. By offering prevention services in our community, sheltering and providing case management to families who experience homelessness, and administering stabilization programs for families placed into housing, Family Promise of Tualatin Valley helps to ensure the long-term independence and economic stability of our families.