ROSEBURG, Ore. -- After three years in the basement of Foundation Fellowship Church on SE Lane Avenue, the Roseburg Dream Center has found a new home.
The Roseburg Dream Center is a drop in homeless shelter that provides food, clothing and a warm meet to those who need it.
It's moving to a new building on Diamond Lake Boulevard, nearly two miles away from their original downtown location.
Staff said this building is much bigger than the basement, which gives them more space to serve more people.
They’d been looking to move out of the basement for a while when they were handed a 30-day notice to move out of the property at the beginning of the month. Staff said the new pastor of the church is hoping to convert the space into a classroom area for homeschooling kids during the pandemic.
Executive director Tim Edmondson said they were able to find their new space immediately.
“Everybody is happy,” said Edmondson. “Out of all the volunteers here, they’ll be volunteering there. We’ll end up being bigger, better, stronger.”
However, some homeless people told KEZI 9 News that they’re upset with the move because it’s inconvenient for those who travel by foot.
“It seems like a big move for everyone to make when they already got a good dedicated Dream Center right over here,” said Clell Huntley.
Edmondson said the move is only for the best. Not only will it give them more room, but he said it could help ease the tension between them and the community.
“We’ve been labeled as enablers,” said Edmondson. “But all we’re trying to do is help people who are hungry and people who need clothes.”
City councilor Brian Prawitz said most people who live and work in downtown complain about the homeless issue. However, he said he’s hopeful things may change once the Dream Center moves out.
“Anyone who says it’s going to do this or it’s going to do that, they’re just reacting to their perception of the Dream Center,” said Prawitz. “It’s just gonna take some time.”
The new location is expected to open on Aug. 31.