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ShelterCare Builds $3.2M Facility

EUGENE, Ore. — An organization devoted to transforming the lives of those in crisis is undergoing a transformation itself.

ShelterCare is building a multi-million dollar facility. It’s a $3.2 million project.

ShelterCare serves families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, adults with brain injuries, and adults with severe mental illness.

Right now its specialists are scattered all over town, but this new facility will put them all in one spot.

Built in 1926, the building that was once an auto parts warehouse and a lumber yard will now become a safe haven for Lane County’s most vulnerable people.

“They’re experiencing a crisis, sometimes it’s a mental crisis, sometimes it’s a housing crisis,” said Susan Ban, ShelterCare Executive Director.

The center will be a one-stop shot for ShelterCare’s clients to get the help they need.

“Right now our specialists are scattered all across the community, and what we’re really excited about is bring those services together so there will be one centralized hub,” Ban said.

Located at the center of ShelterCare’s 11 facilities, organizers say clients will have access to an array of services.

Employment specialists will be on hand to help people find and keep jobs. Homelessness prevention specialists will assist families in staying in their homes. And clinical teams will provide treatment one-on-one or in groups

“It is a lot of money, but this is a building that doesn’t have HVAC and obviously needs a new roof,” Ban said.

ShelterCare has already raised half that. The bulk of it is coming from new market tax credits. Now the organization that has given so much to the community for the past forty three years is reaching out for donations.

“It will make services so much more effective, efficient, so much more and hopefully those outcomes will help the community address the issues of poverty and homelessness,” Ban said.

ShelterCare will start construction in October and expects to finish in July. If you’d like to donate, click here.

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