ROSEBURG, Ore. – A youth homeless shelter in Roseburg has shut down for good.
Casa De Belen staff said they have been open since 2004 and have served more than 1,300 youth.
In June, staff announced they would be going on a brief hiatus in order to find a solution to their financial hardships.
However, board members made the decision to close over the weekend because of the struggles they were having.
Staff said they are looking to sell their property on NE Grandview Street. However, the building is still being leased to Umpqua Community College to house athletes.
Plus, they’ve leased another section to the Casa De Belen Bike Shop, which is a a youth outreach group they partnered with years ago. The bike shop is focused on teaching youth trade skills by teaching them how to repair bikes.
“There’s a little bit of anxiety,” said Jaco Coetzee, the director of the Casa De Belen Bike Shop. “If the building sells and the people don’t allow us to stay, we don’t know where we would go. Where we could be a bike shop, plus a drop-in center, and serve the community’s mobile youth.”
Even though Casa De Belen is gone, Coetzee said they will help the youth in any way they can – providing showers, clothes and food if they need it.