About the Project
In January 2018, Raul Marquez, a McKay High School senior and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley board member, presented a Leadership Project to the board; develop a teen homeless shelter.
United Way took action by developing a fundraising plan, sourcing a building for the proposed shelter, and engaging Community Action Agency as the service provider who would run the shelter. The board of directors supported this effort by granting the project with the initial $100,000 to kick it off.
A home has been identified in Salem as a potential shelter, the total cost of which would be about $320,000. Already over $110,200 has been raised and we're working hard to secure additional backing.