MY FATHERS HOUSE A COMMUNITY SHELTER INC

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 1147 Gresham OR 97030 USA

Mission: My Fathers House mission is to provide housing, education and a supportive community so that homeless families can regain their independence and transform their lives.
Programs: Our highest priorities are meeting the whole needs of the homeless family. Physical, emotional, and spiritual issues may be addressed for each family member to become functional. Families living together and working on their problems together will make the transformation into healthy living patterns more quickly and permanently. Therefore, we strive to keep families intact as they work together to wholeness and completeness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I just wanted to say that I really believe that this shelter and the people who run it are doing it from the best place... a true inner desire to help people and to change the world around them. Through my workplace I was able to take part in some fundraising for My Fathers House and also donated a Saturday of my time to help out at a "Thank You" BBQ that they hosted for some of the sponsors and volunteers who help the shelter. I was given a tour and met many of the residents at the shelter. I really enjoyed hearing from people about how My Fathers House was helping them and their loved ones. My Fathers House has helped many people through probably some of the worst moments of their lives with dignity and respect... and allowed these people to stay together as a family unit. I can't imagine anything more important when a family faces adversity than to be able to face it together. These people care and it shows.... I'm proud to be able to do even a small part to help them and hope that anyone thinking of supporting this cause will do so. Thanks to everyone involved for proving that people do still care and can make a difference.

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I really don't know where to start. It would sound like an over dramatic statement if I said something like "My Fathers House saved my life and kept my family from being torn apart" but in a very real way, they did. I had no hopes for a job when we (my ten month old son, his mother, and I) were evicted from our apartment. No relative or friend would take us in as a group and we were determined to stay together. We were told about My Fathers House and had a hard time believing it... it sounded too good to be true. But, thank God, it wasn't! We were treated with kindness and respect. No one EVER made me feel like I was being looked down on. I felt real love from everyone from the Exective Director to my Growth Leader ( who happened to be the E.D.'s husband :D ) to all of the staff and volunteers... they all REALLY wanted me and my family to succeed. When you are totally down and out, most of the time you really don't want/need a hand out. In most cases, what would be best is a hand up. At My Fathers House, that's exactly what we got.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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I remember when God gave Cathe a vision for this shelter. I worked for Cathe at East Hill church as one of her many nursery supervisors. The other shelters in the city had limits on a child's age, so not all children in a family could go together to a shelter. If a child was 12 or older they would need to go elsewhere. It is very difficult for a family to go anywhere for shelter when rules limit a child’s age. Though shelters do this to protect children from sexual child abuse it offered little hope to whole families with older children. Cathe expressed to me she wanted to find a solution to the problem. From the duplex to the larger building, My Father’s House is growing and becoming what God planted years ago in Cathe and Dan's heart.
Both my husband and I volunteered for a short period of time. The beautiful orcastration God delivered in the organization of the shelter was solid, visual proof that a mighty God called for this to happen.
Years later I entered seminary and asked Cathe if I might intern for the shelters chapel. The shelter offers a church service on Sunday. I look forward to my time in a place where God's love is abundant and in a chapel where the Holy Spirit is moving in mighty ways…….

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the lives of people changed and in assisting them to relocate to their own apartment to begin their new life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to ask people to support the shelter. This is a great place to donate and give to others....

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I've always thought very highly of homeless shelters, but never went anywhere near them. I donated from afar, dropping things into boxes set up to be delivered to them. But last summer I met some kids from My Father's House at Eagle Fern Camp. The day after camp ended I visited for the first time. The building itself is beautiful, built specifically for the purpose and filled with uplifting artwork. The children have a large playroom with all kinds of toys and a large, fenced in play structure. I immediately signed up to volunteer. The staff continually thanks me every time I work. I do a four hour shift once a week, answering the phone and greeting visitors and volunteers. I knew before I ever met Cathe Weise that I would like her. I worked on her day off for quite a while so when I finally switched days and met her I told her immediately how impressed I was with her staff and how I knew that all the consistently positive attitudes I saw in her absence had to be coming from the top down. Working with her regularly has only confirmed it! Every time a staff person even begins to say something negative, they stop and correct themselves, stating the truth with hope instead. I've been there long enough to see the fruit of the ministry in the lives of the people who live there as they find faith, jobs, and hope. The building doesn't feel like a ministry, it has a heart like a church, but more like a home, because it is one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families who live there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

replicate it elsewhere!

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It is my great pleasure to help with My Father's House's quarterly newsletter. I always look forward to it. My husband and I also make occasional monetary and food donations, and we are adopting a family for Christmas again this year -- it really brings the spirit of Christmas to life for us. There are many ways to contribute to the success of MFH and their clients. MFH changes lives in our community, which makes it a better place for us and everyone else (including you!) to live.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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My Father's House is a privately funded shelter for homeless families that is meeting a huge need in our community. It is unique in that it allows families to stay together while helping them regain their independence. A core value of the shelter is that we don't do for our families what they can do for themselves so staff, volunteers and our board are all committed to treating our families with respect and dignity while helping them gain the skills and confidence needed to live independently once they transition out of the shelter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen first hand the impact of what we do for the families, especially the children, who live in the shelter as well as have had the opportunity to hear "first-hand" directly from several residents themselves about the impact and difference the work we do has made in their lives and that of their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to provide a sustainable flow of operating funds so that the staff could concentrate 100% of their time on meeting the needs of the residents and not have to be concerned with raising funds to keep the shelter open.

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This non-profit is the largest family shelter privately funded and fully supported by ordinary people like you and me. They help whole families and doesn't split them up. They give families help, training, support and tools to become successful in their community. The families that have gone thru the program, come back to give and help out when they can!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing families come out of their cars to have a warm safe place with food and tools to find work and provide for their families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to help out where I cannot.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Why do I give to My Father's House? Because every dollar goes soooooooo far! Just 5 employees leverage over 240 volunteers every month who teach, train, and hold accountable these struggling homeless families. Thank you volunteers!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every family that I have known personally has had a 'restart' at My Father's House. So many of them are now doing very well. This was the last shelter that they will ever need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see more people making regular contributions every month.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was invited by a friend to contribute money.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising operating funds.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expanding. Even though this is the largest shelter for homeless families in the US (that is not funded by government), we still turn away over 100 families every week! We need to open another building.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I LOVE this place! I work in the Donation Center and at the reception desk! It is SO AMAZING to see first hand what a blessing this ministry is to everyone involved here! Residents, volunteers and staff are all just awesome people and I am constantly in awe of what God does thru and for these people. Everyone who can - should somehow become involved - it will bless you as much (or more) as it blesses those you serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm there almost every day. If I miss a day - I REALLY MISS a day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

recruit more volunteers!

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Tell your story here and help others understand this charity My family was fortunate enough to have lived at the new building of My Father's House for about 4 months. The icing on the cake of instability was losing our housing situation in an unfortunate situation with our housemate. We spent about 3 months couch-surfing among relatives (me, my wife, and our 4 kids). I was still managing to hold down my full time job all the while. One day my wife mentioned something about this "father's house" place. I was willing to go see what they were about, so we set up an appointment with Sam. As our luck would turn out, it was probably the best thing to happen to us in YEARS. We are now over a year removed from our stay, and while the marriage is still on thin ice, we are definitely better off as people for having stayed at My Father's House. And as I swore to Cathe on the day we left, I will ALWAYS find some way or another to help out the shelter. And you should too! They just opened up their new apartment complex, and so the needs are greater than ever. But the help is burgeoning too. Cathe, Dan, Dougie, Heather, all the Staff, I love you guys and I won't ever forget what you've done for me and my family. Don S.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more people willing to help them find the things they need on a daily basis.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The effect on my personal life!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AWESOME.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue their vision, expand their mission, and help MANY more people who need it.

Ways to make it better...

I could find more people willing to give all they had to this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A lack of public knowledge of what they actually do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this place. And while I may not have the cash to help, I will ALWAYS find some way or another to help Cathe. Just like I promised her, the day my family moved out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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