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We practice hospitality, stand against homelessness and see lives changed,
including our own.

 Our Mission

We are congregations practicing hospitality to standing together against homelessness and see lives changed; including our own.

Our Vision

Ensure that every kid in the mid-valley has a home.

Our Core Values

We strive to…

  • provide hospitality

  • see mutual transformation

  • encourage faith in action

  • increase security for families and congregations

  • create a sense of belonging

  • grow positive self-esteem

  • empower, not enable

Who we are

While the loss of a home is a tragedy for anyone, it’s especially devastating for families. Leaders in our community were shocked to learn in 1999 that over 1000 kids in our area were homeless. That heartbreaking number prompted the opening of Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network. We began as a grassroots effort by a few local faith congregations and we first began hosting families in May of 1999. Today, our mission has not changed. Over 2,000 volunteers are mobilized from the over 42 congregations in the mid-valley to provide emergency and short-term housing for homeless families with children. With your support, we alleviate homelessness by providing shelter, meals and compassionate assistance. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network will serve more families than ever before through emergency and long-term housing.


  • Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) serves only families who are homeless.

  • We serve a diverse array of family compensations. Individuals or couples  must be accompanied by their child(ren) under the age of 18. Parents entering the Network must consistently monitor their child(ren)’s behavior and activity.

  • Pregnant women will be considered on a space availability basis, with medical documentation of their pregnancy.

  • Families take responsibility for developing and then working a plan to move toward self-sufficiency with the input and help of the Family Case Manager.

  • Families are responsible to follow Salem IHN’s behavior guidelines.

  • No active alcohol/drug usage.  Past usage is on a case by case basis.

  • Each adult entering Salem IHN will consent to a criminal background check. Past convictions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Together with the volunteers, our hosting and supporting congregations are the backbone of the network. Hosting rotates weekly among the 18 host congregations in our network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals daily, and hospitality. Support Congregations assist the Hosts.