No one hungry • No one homeless • Children, families, thriving!


COHHO strives to end homelessness, hunger, and its effects through individual and collective acts of compassion.


Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) needs your help in supporting families experiencing homelessness in Portland. PHFS runs the Goose Hollow Family Overnight Shelter, the Thirteen Salmon Family Day Shelter, and the new, emergency Family Winter Shelter. There are a variety of ways you can help.

Individual volunteers are needed to either (1) host the shelters in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings; (2) host children by providing enriching and engaging activities; (3) provide healthy and nourishing meals; or (4) host at Goose Hollow or the Family Winter Shelter overnight. Group and family volunteers are always needed to provide evening meals at Goose Hollow. Note that the Family Winter Shelter requests adult volunteers only.

  • To volunteer at Goose Hollow and Thirteen Salmon, contact Bethany Rocci at 503-915-8307 or
  • To volunteer at the Family Winter Shelter, contact Alix Prior at 971-865-1351 or

COHHO. . .


We volunteer and recruit volunteers to help in shelter and serving meals. We collect donations of food, clothing, and supplies from congregants at First Unitarian Church and distribute them to our community partners who house and feed people.


We inform the First Unitarian community about the effects of homelessness and hunger and about initiatives for change. We spread the word about opportunities to volunteer and donate to make a difference.


We advocate with community leaders in Portland for positive change on issues and policies affecting homelessness and hunger and their root causes. We ally ourselves with other faith communities involved in this work.

Our community partners:

Portland Homeless Family Solutions

Getting families into housing and keeping them there, long term.

COHHO helps PHFS with the Goose Hollow family overnight shelter, the Thirteen Salmon family day shelter, and the emergency Family Winter Shelter.

Clay Street Table

Creating a caring community while feeding hungry people.

The Interfaith Alliance on Poverty

Working to alleviate poverty in Portland with a communal voice grounded in sacred texts.

Quilts of Love

Making quilts for families as they transition from shelter to a permanent home. of-love/

We also coordinate with the 13 Salmon Advisory Council of First Unitarian Church, and partner with other organizations whose mission is in concert with our own.

Committee Meeting:

From September to May, COHHO meets every month on the third Sunday, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Room A303 at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.


We hold four special drives each year, plus we collect weekly for ongoing needs. Check e-news or contact us for details!

We ALWAYS need:

Diapers, changing supplies, canned tuna, peanut butter, luncheon and snack items, and canned soup. Donations of food, clothing, and supplies can be left in the collection barrel and box in Fuller Hall.

For more information:

Contact co-chairs

Ellen Vanderslice 503-803- 6351

Mary Andrews 971-939- 2224


Visit our table in Fuller Hall on second and fourth Sundays.