Our Stories

These are people in your community being helped by programs and services we provide.

ILP Gift Making

ILP Gift Making

Last year, the CCS Independent Living Program (ILP) helped 136 youth who have been in foster care develop life skills on their way to becoming responsible, independent adults.ILP hosted their 8th annual Christmas craft night in December at the Kroc Center where youth...

80th Anniversary Mass Celebration

80th Anniversary Mass Celebration

On December 2, CCS celebrated our 80th Anniversary with a special mass at St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Kenneth Steiner was a main celebrant for the Mass along with concelebrants Rev. Monsignor Richard Hunegar, Fr. Tim Mockaitis, Fr....

Mt. Angel Community Reaches Out to Neighbors in Need

Mt. Angel Community Reaches Out to Neighbors in Need

This year set a new record for community outreach for St. Joseph Family Shelter and Mission Benedict. The Mission collected enough food for 158 Christmas food boxes for families in need. Fr. Philip Waibel blessed the boxes before they were distributed to the families...

A Tribute to Larry Epping

A Tribute to Larry Epping

During this month of Thanksgiving and of honoring our veterans, CCS would like to pay tribute to the late Larry Epping, known throughout the community for his incredible generosity and service to others.  We were honored to count him among the strongest supporters of...

Christi’s Story

Christi’s Story

When Christi lost the love of her life, she also lost her will to live. It was difficult for her to get out of bed to care for her children. Her friend referred her to Safe Families for Children staff who connected her with a host family. Together with her host...

CCS Achieves Accreditation by COA

CCS Achieves Accreditation by COA

CCS has once again achieved national recognition as an accredited human services organization through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Organizations across the U.S. pursue accreditation with COA to demonstrate the implementation of best practice...

What’s New at St. Joseph Family Shelter

What’s New at St. Joseph Family Shelter

Together with the Benedictine Sisters, St. Mary Parish, Mt. Angel Abbey, Exchange Club and other community partners, CCS has been working to bring new resources to the St. Joseph Family Shelter Campus in Mount Angel to ensure the programs there will thrive and serve...

CCSF Spotlight

CCSF Spotlight

Chris JonesCCSF Fiscal and Policy Analyst Chris Jones is a man of hidden talents. Sitting with him in meetings pouring over projections, or hearing his soft, happy whistle down the hall, you would never guess that he has arranged and orchestrated pieces for the...

80th Anniversary Celebration

80th Anniversary Celebration

On Wednesday, CCS celebrated 80 years of service at our Annual Fundraising Luncheon at the Salem Convention Center.More than 700 partners, community members and supporters gathered to learn how together, we can help all members of our community to flourish. Thank you...

Mission Benedict Opens Community Garden

Mission Benedict Opens Community Garden

The Mt. Angel Community Garden, right outside the doors of Mission Benedict and Saint Joseph Family Shelter, is reducing food insecurity, increasing the availability of fresh, healthy food, and strengthening community relationships. “The garden is giving Mt. Angel...

St. Joseph Shelter Update

St. Joseph Shelter Update

CCS has recently partnered with Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to help sustain the operation of St. Joseph Shelter and to help more families facing extreme adversity to stay together. There will be some operational changes as a result of the partnership....