EUGENE, Ore. — A program to help the homeless reopened after months of renovation.
St. Vincent de Paul runs the Eugene Service Station where the homeless can eat a good meal, take a shower and get other help during the day.
“There’s been an increased effort to help the homeless population here in Eugene. And with the service station’s reopening it’s another big step to help people get back on their feet,” said
After months of work, the station is back in business. And it’s ready to serve more of those who need it than ever before.
“This is a station on a path that people are on we want their life to be better after they leave here,” said Terry McDonald, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County.
The new design adds 75 percent more seating and a new commercial kitchen, which can serve up to 75 people at a time.
It’s helping people like Danielle Henderson.
“When I first came here, I was homeless, living in a tent. Me and my fiance came here to take showers and get food. And then we got pregnant,” she said.
She had her son, but she was using drugs, so he’s been in foster care. Now, they’re both clean and married, and they’re working to get him back. That’s something Mayor Kitty Piercy commends her for.
“We are all looking at you with great admiration because we are proud of what you have accomplished, and we wish you the very, very best. Don’t we?” Piercy said.
Henderson says the service station was instrumental in helping her and her husband get back on their feet.
“I can tell you this, if we didn’t have this place, I don’t know how we could’ve made it,” she said.
Now that the facility can help more people, she has a message for those in a similar situation.
“I hope they look at me as an example. Just hold their head high and know that there’s another road and just try and get themselves out of this pit,” Henderson said.
If you’d like to help out, they need donations of soap and shampoo. For a list of places to donate, click here.