The Home Starter Kit program was begun in December 1993 by Neil and Emily Morris after the death of their son who had schizophrenia. Neil and Emily, long-standing members of the Church of the Resurrection, helped found the Lane County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. With support from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Oregon, they began educating congregations throughout western Oregon about challenges faced by those with mental illness and their families.
An early church grant to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, helped build an economic base for the program in 1996. Additional small grants helped expand the program. Beginning in 2007, the HSK program became a multi-congregational ministry. Currently, St. John’s Episcopal Church (Springfield) and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Eugene) are all actively involved.