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Volunteers are needed to prepare, reheat & serve at the Family Center and Gresham Women’s Shelter.

The Family Center is a no-turn away emergency family shelter located on 160th and Stark in South East Portland / Gresham. Each night, 150 or more people stay at the shelter, and about half of those guests are under 18.

The Women’s Shelter is our newly opened, low risk domestic violence shelter located on in South East Portland / Gresham. Each night, 90 single women stay at the shelter.

Human Solutions aims to provide full meals to all individuals and families staying with us, and we need your help to make it happen! We are seeking groups of 6-7 to come to the shelter at 6pm with food for up to 160+ people, as well as a few volunteers to stay and serve, clean up and pack up leftovers.

Your work will directly impact the lives of the dozens of families who stay at the Family Center and do not have regular access to food. From everyone in our shelter programs: THANK YOU!!!

How can you get involved today?

  • Organize a team: With your family or neighbors, through your place of worship, work or organization, create a group of people who can be responsible for a day (or more) each month.
  • Cook, pickup or have a meal donated: Your group will provide food for up to 120 people. Cook a big batch of lasagna & salad, raise funds to purchase your meal at a local restaurant, or reach out to folks you know who cater & can donate! Then bring the meal to us around 5:30-6pm!
  • Reheat, Serve & Pack Leftovers: Bring a small or large team of 1-15 to serve food, stay for the meal, and pack up what’s left over. If you can bring serving utensils, paper or plastic silverware, plates or cups, and/or tupperware– all the better! If not, we provide all cutlery and serving utensils & wash up after. Just let us know what you need and how we can support you!

If you have been a meal provider in the past, or are providing a meal in the upcoming future, please make sure to fill out the following form each time you provide:

Please see our Meal Provider Fact Sheet for current details, including number of guests at each shelter. For more information, or to schedule a date to serve, email