Women at the Well started in 2008 reaching out to homeless women in various shelters and homeless camps around Salem. The Women at the Well volunteers picked them up every second and fourth Saturday each month; providing lunch, clothing, teaching life skills, such as; interview techniques, budget balancing, and share inspirational messages. This enabled the homeless women to begin emotional healing and move toward healthy, productive lives.
After providing these services for some time, the volunteers realized women were being forced to live on the streets where it is not safe because there are not enough shelters in Marion and Polk Counties. Women were often beaten, robbed, raped, some several times.
As a result of the volunteers’ vision to continue to help the homeless, in December 2010, Women at the Well Grace House became a nonprofit organization. To further the volunteers’ mutual vision, in March 2013, a building was purchased, refurbished and furnished. Once completed, it became Grace House and officially opened to take in its first clients in July 2013. Grace House became a solution for resolving the homeless issues for single women.
We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals.
We strive to empower clients, staff and volunteers to accept responsibility for their actions.
We encourage them to become positive stewards of integrity, responsibility and commitment enabling them to live a life of meaning and purpose.
We respect freedom of choice and decisions towards achieving their own positive life goals.
The holidays can be a miraculous time. I know because this year my prayers were answered. My job requires a heavy commute from Salem to Woodburn at all hours of the day and night. I was down to using my one spare tire to slog through Winter driving conditions in my little VW Bug — white knuckling every windy, wet mile on I-5. Without the means to afford four new tires, it was unimaginable that my Christmas wish could come true. But it did. Thanks to Volkswagen of Salem who very generously donated (and professionally installed) beautiful brand new tires on my Bug. I now have not only peace of mind and safety, but the job security needed to save and become independent again soon. Goodbye spare tire. Thank you Volkswagen of Salem!
Grace House’s vision is to continue to provide a womens only shelter unique to Salem that will offer life skills, tools designed to assist homeless women break the cycle of homelessness and to maintain self-sufficiency through:
- Providing for immediate needs of food, clothes, and transitional shelter
- Offering free access to support groups, mentoring, and counseling aimed at boosting self-esteem, providing hope, healing, and encouraging positive behavior
- Educating the women on how to make healthy decisions
- Providing resources and referrals in collaboration with community partners
- Providing excellent follow-up through mentors, support groups, and routine contacts
- To provide refuge, support, hope, and love to single women without dependents in a Christ centered faith-based shelter.
- To remove the obstacles of homelessness by empowering women to achieve and maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle through our Self-Sufficiency Program.