Join us in collecting gifts for the holiday party that Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) will host for 30 families at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter on December 15. Family members who attend are either currently living at the shelter or have stayed there some time in 2017. PHFS will give each family a basket filled with gifts for parents and kids.

To make sure that PHFS has enough gifts for all the families, we have committed to collecting a specific number of such items as family movie DVDs, women’s and men’s bathrobes, and dish-towel sets.

If you’d like to donate one or more of these requested items, you’ll need to sign up. Please stop by the COHHO table in Fuller Hall on November 26 and December 3 to choose your items. Alternatively, email Cynthia before December 5 to determine what items remain available for you to donate. Drop off your items at the COHHO table in Fuller Hall on November 26, December 3, or December 10.

In addition, we will donate an unlimited number of the following items. You do NOT need to sign up to donate them. Just drop them off at the COHHO table in Fuller Hall on November 26, December 3 or December 10.

  • Toys for all ages of children
  • Holiday Gift Bags, Tissue Paper, and Scotch Tape
  • $10 Gift Cards to Regal Cinemas
  • $10 Gift Cards to Fred Meyer, Target, or Starbucks
  • Any $ Amount Visa or Amazon Gift Cards
  • TriMet Adult Day Pass booklets

Please don’t wrap any gifts, just bring them in bags or boxes to protect them from the weather.

Thank you in advance for your spirit of generosity and love. We can make a difference to the PHFS Families!

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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.


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.

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.