What is HMNS?
A ministry team working with local churches and families providing, facilitating and helping the homeless + poor of Salem, Oregon.
We now provide 3 meals weekly (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday @ 5pm) and other resources to the Homeless/Poor of downtown Salem under the Marion Street Bridge.
Welcome to HMNS.info. HMNS means "Humanitarian Ministries Network of Salem". My name is Dan Sheets. I oversee a dozen churches and faith based groups in the Salem area that are dedicated to helping the needy..."the least of these"...the downtown Salem homeless community. We do so by providing meals, personal items, encouragement and prayer. You’ve seen our sign from the off ramp of the West Salem Bridge and have now found our web site. We thank you that you are here!
The Faith Community provides a dinner meal each day under the Marion Street Bridge and additional meals over the weekend. Most of the year the weather is fine for the event, but winter months can be very cold and inhumane.
Our request of you is to help us fund a downtown Salem, 2-3 thousand sq.ft. open area building for tables and chairs for up to 100+ people to serve our daily meals year-round, thus becoming a 2nd "mission" site downtown. You might ask why this is necessary since the Salem Union Gospel Mission is just down the street providing such services. Our interest is to not pass any judgment on our local Mission. We are on the "same team" and encourage the homeless to use their services. We just have found out over time that many of the downtown Salem homeless individuals cannot or will not eat or acquire services from the mission. There are many reasons why and we don't need to discuss them here. There is a "gap" or need that our groups address weekly-monthly as you can see from your daily commute.
The purpose of this website is to raise awareness and funding for an indoor facility that could expand greatly for other community-wide needs and ministries. All monies raised would be put into a special designated local bank account that you can give to via this web site.
For any questions feel free to contact me, Dan Sheets, via my email firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for responding to the needs of the downtown Salem homeless community.
Help support Salem's poor and homeless community by donating to HMNS. Thank you for your generosity.
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Meals are located under the Marion Street Bridge at 200 Marion St. NE Salem, Oregon. We are just south of the Marion Square Park.