EUGENE, Ore. — Community leaders gathered Friday to honor local residents who finally have a place to call home.
The annual Hearts for Homeless Celebration took place at St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center.
Homeless advocates, along with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, gathered to recognize formerly homeless families that have progress in getting a home.
One woman says Mayor Piercy personally helped raise money to get her into her new apartment.
“It’s just great to be moving out of that and moving forward and being able to help others as well. So it’s just a great thing to have the community’s support,” said Malka.
The First Place Family Center helps connect low-income families who are at risk of losing their home or already homeless with a support group of counselors to help them get back on their feet. It’s been operating for more than 20 years.