St. Joseph Family Shelter

Caring for those in need and welcoming all as Christ

The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel established the St. Joseph Shelter in 1988. The Shelter was a ministry of hospitality in response to the Gospel message of caring for those in need and honoring St. Benedict’s instruction to welcome all as Christ. The Shelter witnesses to the dignity of each person by providing meals, housing, clothing, advocacy, referrals, emergency assistance and a supportive community. 

Following 30 years of loving care and service to homeless families and individuals in the Mt. Angel Community, the Benedictine Sisters realized they could no longer sustain

this vital ministry on their own. After exhaustive financial exploration, community research, and a year of management partnership, the Sisters asked Catholic Community Services to assume responsibility for St. Joseph Shelter beginning in July 2017.

Together with the Benedictine Sisters, St. Mary Parish, Mt. Angel Abbey, Exchange Club and other community partners, CCS has worked to bring new resources to the St. Joseph Family Shelter campus to ensure the programs there will thrive and serve families in need for years to come. The Transitional Living Community at St. Joseph is a multi-faceted partnership that brings together various resources on behalf of families in crisis. The Exchange Club Parent Aide Volunteer Program is also an aspect of programming on campus and is seeking community volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of families served.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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Phil Westover’s Toy Story

Phil Westover’s Toy Story

Phil Westover of St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg has been a hobby woodworker for 50 years, with a forte in crafting wooden toy trucks and tractors. Thank you, Phil, for sharing your talent with us.

Mission Benedict Christmas Food Boxes

Mission Benedict Christmas Food Boxes

St. Mary pastor Fr. Philip Waibel blessed 115 food boxes for distribution for those in need this Christmas. Thank you to the many people who contributed to the boxes and to the Knights of Columbus who assemble the boxes each year.