“A Safe Place for Families”

Welcome to the St. Francis Shelter website.


St. Francis Shelter has provided homeless families in the Salem area with temporary housing since 1987. Our goal is to help our clients move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Our mission is to provide safe, temporary housing for families with children by working in solidarity to recognize their innate worth and dignity. 

In the fiscal year 2010-11, St. Francis housed 43 families for a total of 3,781 nights/10,880 shelter nights. Forty-seven adults and 78 children lived at St. Francis during that time, and 66 percent of the children were under the age of 8.



Each family lives in a fully-furnished, self-contained one- or two-bedroom apartment. Families staying at the shelter are responsible for purchasing their own food and clothing and must demonstrate that they are working towards securing permanent housing and/or employment, and are completing any court-ordered treatment and/or classes while they are here.
A portion of our apartment units are set aside as low-income rentals. This provides the opportunity for some shelter clients to transition to self-support, provides much-needed affordable housing to people on limited incomes, and also provides rental income for shelter operations.

In addition to temporary housing, current services offered by St. Francis include:

Family Support: Each shelter family is visited weekly by a team of volunteer family supporters who assist families to meet their goals and help them to find services in the community.

Self-Development: A Licensed Clinical Social Worker conducts two self-development groups each month. The meetings provide a forum for the clients to learn skills such as budgeting and discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from child development to self-esteem.

Library: The library is staffed during after-school hours by volunteers who engage the children in arts and crafts projects, read to them, tutor them and generally provide a safe environment for them to have “kid time.”

St. Francis is also collaborating with the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Shelter and Helping Hands to provide shelter to women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.

St. Francis Shelter
1820 Berry Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 588-0428