Home Starter Kits: A Brief History

Home Starter Kit Request Form

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.

Neil and Emily Morris Receiving the
Laurel Hill Community Award (2008)
Home Starter Kits were first provided to clients of Laurel Hill Center. Other programs serving individuals with mental health issues were soon added. Individuals with Developmental Disabilities were added to the client base in 2006. In 2007, the HSK program and St. Vincent DePaul’s First Place Family Services joined together to provide Home Starter Kits to families who leave that program to move into homes or apartments.

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.

To request a Home Starter Kit, please fill out a Home Starter Kit Request Form.

Home Starter Kit Program – 2018 EBOF Grant Application

Grant application / Project Narrative

HSK Sustainability Plan

HSK Performance Measures Plan

HSK Communications Plan

ShelterCare letter of support