EUGENE, Ore. – Community Supported Shelters says its Conestoga huts have huge financial backing, to the tune of $20,000 in donated money and materials to build, but it lacks sites. The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is playing host to three different huts, but it’s one of just two sites. Both are maxed out. Representatives of the program think possible site owners of churches, or vacant land and lots, may not know the potential benefits of getting involved.
Community Supported Shelters has been chosen as one of four entrepreneurs with a social spin to present in front of a dinner crowd at Emerald F.E.A.S.T, financing of Eugene area sustainable talent. Audience members vote for the pitch that would have the most community impact. The group’s focus now is on handing out brochures that cover concerns and questions about becoming a host site, in hopes of enticing more. The winner will get the proceeds in the form of a small grant.
Everyone is invited to attend the Emerald F.E.A.S.T. It’s Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Eugene. You can purchase a ticket on its website. Festivities are in the style of a luau.