Volunteers Build Conestoga Huts

EUGENE, Ore. — While student volunteers were cleaning at Willamette High School, others broke out the hammers and nails. AmeriCorps partnered with Community Supported Shelters and Habitat for Humanity to build tent structures and a Conestoga hut at Eugene Safe Spot as part of a MLK service project. On Monday, the homeless rest stop added … Continue reading »

Students Help Conestoga Hut Project

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some students at Thurston High School applied what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world. The business class has partnered with the Conestoga Huts Project. Students in Luanne Johnson’s Introduction to Business class say they’re excited to get the ball rolling on their project to help promote the Conestoga huts. … Continue reading »

Opportunity Village Breaks Ground

EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village Eugene is ready to head into its construction phase. Friday the community gathered for their groundbreaking ceremony. The vacant lot which used be a trailer park will soon be the site of a village for the homeless. It will be equipped for 30 to 40 people. Those involved in Opportunity … Continue reading »

Springfield Gets its First Conestoga Hut

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield saw the construction of its first Conestoga hut on Friday morning. The shelter was built at the First Baptist Church on G Street in a process that took just over two hours. Organizers hope to get 30 of the structures up and running before the cold weather returns; the first three … Continue reading »

Group Builds Conestoga Hut

EUGENE, Ore. — Volunteer organizations hope Conestoga Huts can provide shelter and warmth for the homeless community. Volunteers say the huts provide more than just a home,but a sense of community. “I actually stayed in one Conestoga one night when I first came to town and was homeless,” said Reagan Clark, volunteer. Reagan Clark is no … Continue reading »

Conestoga Huts Need Sites

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 … Continue reading »

Conestoga Huts Fundraiser Breaks Goal

EUGENE, Ore. — Members of the group Community Supported Shelters say their focus is now on building after the community came together Sunday night to raise more than $4,000 to build six more Conestoga huts for people in need of temporary housing. The fundraising goal for Sunday night of $3,600 was blown out of the … Continue reading »

Cafe Hosts Conestoga Hut Fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. — Community Supported Shelters is counting on people to stuff their faces Sunday night to raise money to build six more Conestoga Huts. Three have already been built and moved into in the last week. The Cornbread Cafe is donating all of its proceeds from 4:00 to 9 p.m. to construction efforts for … Continue reading »

Inside New Conestoga Huts

EUGENE, Ore. — After the city approved the new Conestoga huts as part of the St. Vincent de Paul overnight parking program, two people moved into their new places this weekend. They finally have their own little something to call home. The occupants are still getting settled in, putting their own personal touches into what … Continue reading »

Conestoga Huts in Use

EUGENE, Ore. — Several local leaders and organizations came together Saturday to celebrate an innovative addition to the St. Vincent de Paul’s overnight car camping program. Two people were given a dry, warm roof over their heads in the form of wooden huts. The Eugene City Council recently approved the wooden huts as part of … Continue reading »