Outreach Ministry

Search & Rescue is an outreach ministry, embodying the idea that we can’t wait for our unsheltered neighbors to come to us; we must go to them.

Offering aid and support to men, women, and children residing in homeless camps throughout Marion and Polk counties, our team operates out of a mobile van. Essential items, a loving ear, and invitations back to the Mission for meals, shelter, and services are extended.

Our small team has years of experience working with the homeless population and desires to create loving, supportive relationships with our neighbors in need.

This last year hundreds of unsheltered people were reached through UGM’s Search and Rescue.

Read Search & Rescue Lead Bruce Donohue’s story

Most needed Search & Rescue items

Items may be dropped off at UGM’s Donation Center located at 1100 Front Street NE Salem.

  • Warm jackets and rain wear
  • Socks and underwear
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Hand warmers
  • Heat in a can
  • Hats
  • Coffee
  • 5 liters of coffee-mate
  • Large bags of sugar
  • Instant soups
  • Nonperishable snack items
  • Bottled water

Over the last year, more than 17,445 items were given out to neighbors living in nearby camps.

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