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 is 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 been working 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 a new 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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CCS Annual Report 2018

CCS Annual Report 2018

View 2018 highlights from CCS's 80th Anniversary year. Read inspiring stories of those we serve, check out our community impact and don't miss our gratitude report on pages 14-21, honoring all donors and partners who make our work possible. View 2018 Annual Report

Former Father Taaffe Mom Shares Her Story

Former Father Taaffe Mom Shares Her Story

In 2018, 60 pregnant and parenting young women and teens received the support they needed to protect and nurture their babies. This reflects the continued commitment of our community of donors who sustain the work that Father Taaffe began more than 40 years ago. His...

St. Joseph Dinner Raises Funds for Families in Need

St. Joseph Dinner Raises Funds for Families in Need

St. Mary Parish, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel and Catholic Community Services hosted the 15th annual St. Joseph the Worker Fundraising Dinner at St. Mary Parish Center in Mount Angel on Sunday, May 5. Nearly 200 community members, volunteers and partners...