New Eugene Women’s Center Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — There was much rejoicing Saturday morning at the grand opening of the Eugene Mission’s Women’s Center. The director says it’s been a long time coming. “It did take about a year and a half to build and you know it was a slow but steady process. And I think you’ll find out … Continue reading »

New Women’s Center Set to Open

EUGENE, Ore. — A new building at the Eugene Mission is shining bright. Outside, the flowers are planted and the landscape is in. Inside, workers are busy checking off the last-minute to-do list, putting up hooks for coats and installing a security system. After more than a year of construction, the new $1.6 million women’s … Continue reading »

Eugene City Council Makes Homeless Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — The conversation has been going on for years–what can be done for Eugene’s homeless, particularly those who camp in local parks? The city council took big steps toward a solution Wednesday. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed a motion that would create a 120-day pilot program. It would allow dusk to dawn camping at … Continue reading »

County Releases Homeless Numbers

EUGENE, Ore. — Fewer people are living on Lane County’s streets, but demand for homeless services is still great. Organizers of February’s one-night homeless count revealed their tally Tuesday. The homeless population decreased by about 400 people from 2011 to 2012, but shelters say they’re still slammed with requests. “The economy is definitely affecting people. … Continue reading »

Volunteers Paint ShelterCare Facility

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of volunteers teamed up Tuesday to brighten up a ShelterCare facility. Sherwin-Williams donated manpower, paint and supplies to make the transformation happen. The facility provides housing support services for the homeless or those facing homelessness. “It is very important to us that staff have a place that feels comfortable and … Continue reading »

Coos Bay Transient Beaten to Death

COOS BAY, Ore. — Coos Bay Police arrested two people for beating a transient to death early Sunday morning. Officers got the call about 3 a.m. They found Jesse Hayes’ body near the corner of Hemlock and North 7th streets. An autopsy revealed he had been beaten to death. Officers arrested Michael Gertson and Jesse … Continue reading »

Fire Damages Former Senior Center

EUGENE, Ore. — Investigators think homeless campers are to blame for a fire in an abandoned building’s basement. Eugene fire crews responded to a former senior center, the Trude Kaufman Senior Center, and found flames in the elevator shaft. Investigators say there was evidence people had been squatting at the location. “We see it periodically, … Continue reading »

Former Homeless Families Honored

EUGENE, Ore. — The appreciation was evident this Valentine’s Day. Not just at home, but in the community. St. Vincent de Paul honored three formerly homeless families and community service leaders at Thursday’s St. Vincent Heart for the Homeless event. They were given awards, chocolates, and recognition from their community of their perseverance and success … Continue reading »

Services for the Homeless Expand

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Mission is teaming up to expand services. Goodwill is setting up a job training center on site and will open it next week. Other social service agencies are following suit. Multiple projects are in the works at the Eugene Mission, including a new women’s shelter. They also put in a … Continue reading »

Warming Centers Open Fifth Day in a Row

EUGENE, Ore. — The recent surge of cold weather is keeping volunteers busy at the Egan Warming Centers, and they may not get a break for a couple more nights. The warming centers are set to open again Monday night. It’s the fifth day in a row the centers have been open, marking the longest … Continue reading »

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