Human Solutions operates two emergency shelters, one for families with children and another for unaccompanied women (and their pets!). Both shelters depend on volunteers to donate, prepare and serve meals. Details below on both.

To learn more and sign up, contact our awesome volunteer and donations coordinator, Christina, here: Thank you in advance!

Emergency Shelter for Families

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

The Women’s Shelter is our low-barrier women's shelter located  in outer SE Portland / Gresham. Each night, 90 single women stay at the shelter.

Human Solutions aims to provide full meals to everyone 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 6 pm with food for up to 90 people, as well as a few volunteers to stay and serve, clean up and pack up leftovers.

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 create a meal.

  • Cook, pickup or have a meal donated: Your group will provide food for up to 90 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 5:30-6 pm!
  • 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 our awesome volunteer and donations coordinator, Christina at

Seasonal Sunday Night Dinners: Once a season, we offer an opportunity to prepare and serve a hot meal at the Gresham Women’s Shelter. We plan the menu, supply the ingredients, and all you need to do is show up! Come experience the joy of cooking with other caring individuals, hanging out with the wonderful women we serve, and learning more about Human Solutions’ work. Learn more & sign up here.

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