Helping Others

Back Door Café

back-door-cafe-smThe Back Door Café is open every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 9:30 am to serve a hot breakfast prepared in our kitchen and served in our Fellowship Hall. Breakfast is available to everyone who wants it, mostly homeless and marginally housed people from our community.

Volunteers shop, cook, serve, and clean up. We also spend time in fellowship with the Café guests, listening to them and offering encouragement and words of support. We often refer people in need to other church programs and forms of assistance, such as the Compassionate Care Ministry.

Our volunteers are rewarded with closer ties to each other and to the needs of others. We encourage you to join us! Please contact our Director of Homeless Outreach, Stacey Witte, if you would like to get involved!  (425) 765-1782 or

Click HERE to read some Frequently Asked Questions about this ministry answered by our director, Stacey.

Family Kitchen

Family Kitchen is an inter-denominational outreach to the hungry in our community. Volunteers prepare and serve lunches and dinners to help the needy throughout the year at the Trinity Episcopal Church at 469 NW Wall St. In support of this ministry, volunteers from Bend Church take responsibility for the dinner meal several times each year.

Bend Church also provides much needed financial support to this local mission activity. This is a rewarding opportunity for you to serve the Bend community, and new volunteers are always welcome.

If you would like to get involved, please send an email to Becky or Frieda Willis-Zaremba here to find out the current schedule and other details.

The LOFT (Living Options for Teens)

It is estimated that 24,000 Oregon youth ages 12 to 21 are living on the streets. The Cascade Youth and Family Center in Bend focuses on prevention, intervention, and crisis services for adolescents and their families, providing services to runaway and homeless youth in Deschutes County.

This program provides emergency shelter and counseling, works to reunite youth with their families, strengthens family relationships, encourages stable living conditions for youth, and supports youth in choosing constructive courses of action toward education completion and employment.

The Transitional Living Program, known as the LOFT, provides housing to young people ages 16 to 20 in Central Oregon who are homeless or for whom housing is unstable. Bend Church volunteers support this ministry by cooking meals for The Loft several times each month. For information on how to get involved, please email Debi Shimeck here.

Compassionate Care Ministry

Compassionate-careBend Church has become known as the church that cares. Our Compassionate Care Ministry administers donated funds to provide additional support to those people we come to know through the Back Door Café and other community outreach activities.

The administrator gives out bus passes, helps people with prescriptions, meals and food, utilities, rental assistance, and, most importantly, provides an understanding ear that demonstrates God’s love for all. For questions, please contact the church office.

Laundry Love

Laundry-LoveThis outreach ministry serves the needs of people living on the streets and those who can’t afford to wash their clothes while paying other bills. Laundry Love takes place at Cathy’s Express Eco Laundromat at 414 SE 3rd St., corner of Vine in Bend.

The Compassionate Care Fund, along with other groups in the church, provide the coins, detergent and other supplies so people can enjoy the dignity and comfort of wearing clean clothes. To learn the details of how to access this free service, please contact Stacey Witte, Director of Homeless Outreach, at

Health Ministries

health-ministry-smBend Church focuses on the whole of each person – body, mind and spirit. Its Health Ministry staff, led by Parish Nurse Sandy Clausen and a team of volunteers seeks to meet the health and counseling needs of those in the congregation.

Some of the services offered are blood pressure readings; educational offerings; support in times of illness, stress or death; helping members with understanding disease processes, medications, or any number of medical issues; visitation in all settings; and assistance with errands, transportation or companionship.

The church also organizes support programs and provides meeting space for community 12-step meetings. For information on any of these services, please email Sandy Clausen here or call 541-389-8078.

Care Giving Ministry

This ministry focuses on Christ-centered care for short-term and long-term difficulties like grief, hospitalization, depression, divorce, dying, chronic illness, and job loss. Volunteers who demonstrate spiritual gifts for listening, serving, and helping are trained as lay ministers to visit and care for those in our church who are experiencing crisis in their lives.

Training classes are provided to prepare the lay ministers for this important work. The Parish Nurse provides ongoing guidance. If you feel called to this ministry, please email Sandy Clausen or call 541-389-8078.

Homework Club at Elk Meadow Elementary School

Mentors are paired with elementary school students who are part of the English as a Second Language program at Bend’s Elk Meadow Elementary School. They help the students improve their reading, math, language, and thinking skills.

The Homework Club meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, September through May. A summer school program is available for interested mentors. If you would like to help, please email Beth Bengston here.

The Green Team
solar-panelsThe Green Team believes that Christians should strive to be good stewards of God’s creation. Volunteers will serve by promoting awareness of the natural world, seeking environmental justice, and assisting in conservation and the wise use of natural resources. Working within both our church community and greater Bend, the team is developing projects to help lessen our impact on the earth, and encourage greater appreciation of the miracles that God has provided. Watch for announcements about new initiatives.