Empowering families to realize their potential.
A little support goes a long way in helping today’s families flourish.  Economic and social stressors can make it tough to focus on relationships, finances and parenting.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn, especially if you don’t have a strong support network in place.  At Metropolitan Family Service, we equip families with the tools to succeed.
Update April 2020: All services are now being delivered virtually

Looking for support? Check out out the programs we offer.


Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know, especially when it comes to managing your money. It only takes a few stumbles to get off course. And it can be really tough to bounce back. By offering one-on-one consultations and workshops, we help families develop knowledge around budgeting, saving, debt management and credit information. We coach them on how to set and reach their financial goals. We help them get back on track for a more secure future.

To learn more, connect with Lauren Fontanarosa at (503) 232-0007×228


Don’t miss Mark Oliver, financial coach at MFS, discussing strategies for tackling student loan debt on our Moving Lives Forward podcast via Portland Radio Project.


 financial reality fair

We have a great public transportation system but the truth is it doesn’t go everywhere and it doesn’t operate 24/7.  For some parents, getting to work can be such a challenge they run the risk of losing their jobs. Not to mention the added stress of getting kids to childcare and school. The ability to access affordable loans to purchase, repair, or refinance a car can be life-changing for working parents.  In partnership with local credit unions, we’re getting parents on the road when they need it most.

To learn more, contact Stephen Whipple at (503) 232-0007×101



How can you pay for college or vocational training when you don’t have the money? We offer Individual Development Accounts to participants who are already receiving services through other programs at Metropolitan Family Service, which allows them to create a savings plan where every dollar saved is matched by three dollars. If someone saves $3000.00, we will match it with $9000.00 (the maximum). This helps MFS participants achieve their dreams of attending and affording college or enrolling in vocational training programs; save for retirement, a rental deposit, a home repair, or to purchase a vehicle. Along with that, savers in this program receive ten hours of financial education training, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a financial coach to develop short-and long-term financial stability plans. MFS’ IDA program is a partnership with CASA of Oregon and the Oregon IDA Initiative.

Please note: The Ways to Save program is currently unable to accept new clients. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please mail the following items to: Attn: Ways to Work 1808 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214

  • Application – completed to the best of your ability, but leaving blank items that you do not understand or have questions about
  • Intake form
  • Pre-assessment
  • Proof of Oregon residency (such as an ID, utility bill envelope with your name and current address, school-related mailing like a public school transcript or report card, a matrícula consular, or other similar official documents)

To learn more and start your savings plan, contact Mark Oliver at (503) 232-0007×104


The MFS Women’s Economic Empowerment Program is designed to help low income women participate more fully in the economy through employment and education opportunities. The program is open to women who are 18 years or older living in the Portland metro area and are part of MFS’ work in the Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Participants will meet one-on-one with career mentors to work on career planning and mapping and be assisted with the transition back to work or to a more fulfilling career opportunity. It addition, participants are able to take part in our wider offerings of financial capability services. Clients must be referred by a MFS staff person or community partner.

Services can be provided in English, Spanish, Amharic, Malay and Indonesian.

To learn more, contact Rahel Gemechu at 503-560-0592