American Red Cross, Oregon Pacific Chapter
Catholic Community Services
Church of the Resurrection
City of Eugene Eugene
Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church
Eugene Police Department
First Baptist Church of Springfield
First Christian Church of Eugene
FOOD for Lane County
Free People Ministry
Hosea Youth Services
Lane County Emergency Management
Lane County Commission for the Advancement of Human Rights
Lane County Human Services Commission
Lane County Public Health
Lane Transit District
Looking Glass ShelterCare
Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect, a program of CALC
Springfield Shelter Rights Alliance
Springfield School District
St. Alice Catholic Church
St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County
Veterans Reintegration Services White Bird
All these groups pulled together to make this resource available.
I was so disheartened previously that they closed this emergency shelter because they were overwhelmed with the need - it made no sense to me.
But I can also see where if you had people showing up drunk & drugged, or someone with an untreated mental illness & violent tendencies, or just defiant or belligerent, how a shoestring volunteer staff would become easily overwhelmed.
St. Vincent dePaul is heading up the project.
They are asking for both volunteers to cover the shifts, as well as donations.
I am so glad they went back to the table, to make this available once again.
Also... a friend visiting from Ohio made the observation "You've got a real homeless problem here".
He happened to be visiting relatives in the poorest part of town, which is by the Mission & the train tracks.... they don't have the same population of homeless in the wealthy South Hills, or rural outlying areas. But what he said was right, and I hope even though the wealthy neighborhood residents don't see this population in their neighborhoods, they step up and respond. With a population of 154,620- even if each resident gave $1 dollar, that would be a huge amount for the shelter. They provide meals, and a warm/sheltered space to spend the night.
It is up to us to step up and meet the need.
I don't know if I can personally do shifts @ the center (it is an overnight facility), but I will donate to the cause, and do my part to lend a helping hand for those in need.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to St. Vincent de Paul, please make checks payable to:
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. P.O. Box 24608 Eugene, OR 97402
*PLEASE INDICATE EGAN WARMING CENTER
St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is a 501 (c) 3 charitable, non-profit organization #93-0454786. For more information on planned giving or including St. Vincent de Paul in your will, contact Rebecca Larson at (541) 687-5820 or email@example.com.
Thank you to the coalition who pulled together to restore this much needed service.
My faith in humanity is restored.
I don't know why Blogger is cutting off the edge of the text on this post, but hopefully you can get the gist.
As a civilized nation, we should not allow people to die on the streets for lack of a home.
Don;t even get me started in Saint Ronnie's budget saving by wholesale dumping of people w mental illness on the streets to fend for themselves. But now they have a safety net of an progressive medical center to help be a safety net for those who can't go to the shelter but need help & care.
I know I sound like a broken record when I ask Why is it we always have money for Wars????
Good question, Fran. Somehow we always pony up the bucks to kill people but not to keep them alive.
BTW, I gave you an award over at my place!
Well how nice of you! Thanks so much!
This is good news. If I can find them on Facebook, I'll promote them. Lacking actual money, this is the next best way to support an organization you believe in.
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