St Joseph Church Fresco Restoration & Fire Relief

Campaign Created by: Naomi Arreguin

The funds from this campaign will be received by St Joseph Church.

Goal: USD $100,000
Raised: USD $ 14,035

On the morning of Thursday, August 31, 2023, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem, Oregon suffered serious fire damage as a result of an arson attack. (Link to local newspaper article)

Extensive structural damage to the roof over the sanctuary was sustained, which resulted in fire, smoke, and water damage to the fresco (dedicated in 2017) that adorned the front sanctuary wall.

Funds raised from this campaign will go to St. Joseph Church for the restoration of this fresco.


Update #2
September 20, 2023
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A quick update on the church cleaning process:

The damaged roof of the church has had a temporary covering installed, and all of the pews have been removed from the inside. About 75% of the debris in the sanctuary has been cleared.

With the pews being removed, the focus will turn to the debris for salvageable items and content tracking.

An HVAC cleaning has been scheduled beginning on September 26th and ending on October 6th.

Scaffolding is in the process of being scheduled for installation in the church so necessary cleanup and work can continue.


Thank you all for your contributions to this campaign and for your continued prayers during this process.

Update #1
September 6, 2023
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Thank you everyone for your support during this difficult time. The fire is out and we are taking next steps to continue clean up and repairs. Your prayers have been most helpful. - Father Jeff Meeuwsen


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