Bend Winter Shelter Location Needed
A message from the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition and our Partner Organizations
WINTER IS COMING
Each Central Oregon winter is a crisis for our neighbors experiencing homeless. Last year our shelter network served over 1000 individuals. This year, with pandemic restrictions in place, our shelter network will be forced to limit the number of people it can serve. Adding to the difficulties we face
BEND HAS NO COLD WEATHER SHELTER
Bend is our largest city and its warming shelter is the cornerstone of our network. Without a Bend shelter, hundreds of individuals will face the possibility of injury, illness and even death when extreme weather arrives. And the impact will not only be felt in Bend but throughout Central Oregon, where already crowded shelters will be stressed beyond their capacity.
WE HAVE STAFF
Shepherd’s House has received funding and is prepared to hire and train staff provided we find a location for the shelter by October 15.
WE HAVE FUNDING
Through a combination of city and state funding, we are ready to begin shelter operations in November. Dependent upon Covid-19 and the volume of shelter utilization we anticipate needing additional funding to ensure consistent operation of the entire Central Oregon shelter network through March 15 or later depending upon the weather. We anticipate a need for ongoing financial support for expenses such as staff (dependent upon the on number of locations we operate to allow for social distancing), personal protective equipment, testing and providing quarantine space, if needed.
WE NEED A LOCATION
We are seeking a building able to accommodate 50 or more individuals with social distancing for overnight stays – and, if possible, daytime respite. Additional space for case management and social services, food preparation and distribution and the ability to separate men, women and families is preferred. One location would ease the staffing and administrative burden and costs but, if you have a smaller space, please let us know and we may be able to use it.
LIVES DEPEND ON IT
Each winter typically brings stories of deaths due to exposure. These are deaths of our neighbors and their loss is preventable if we, as a community, have the will.
FUTURES WILL BE CHANGED
A warming shelter is about much more than protection from the elements. Our warming shelters often provide the first point of contact between individuals experiencing homelessness and the service providers who can help them begin their journey to stable housing. Shelter isn’t just saving lives, it’s changing futures.
DO YOU HAVE A BUILDING IN THE CITY LIMITS TO OFFER?
If you have a building that can be leased or donated for use this winter or possibly long term please contact us immediately so that we can begin the process of evaluating the space. Our time frame is short. We need to secure a space by October 15 in order to bring staff on board, provide training and prepare the facility. Help us make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Contact John at Shepherd’s House at (541) 388-2096 ext. 107, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.