At First Place Family Center it’s parents who work hard to restore a home for their families, and many kind people who help them do it. That’s what brought a cheery crowd to First Place on Feb. 12 to celebrate the nurturing and empowerment of 614 families in 2015. The families included 1,200 children who, despite having no home, could eat, wear clean clothes, and play with other kids every day. Forty-seven of those families also experienced the hospitality of local faith communities as guests of the Interfaith Night Shelter. And Christmas was incredible, thanks in part to Joan Obie, left, and Candy Snook, pictured with Night Shelter Coordinator Beckey Beck.
Housing Veterans: Operation 365 Exceeded Its Goal
Categories: Author: Date: Thursday, January 28 2016
In fall 2014, Lane County, the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield, St. Vincent de Paul and other community partners came together to announce the ambitious goal of housing 365 local homeless veterans in 2015 – one for each day of the year. Representatives gleefully announced at the end of January 2016 that in fact 404 veterans were housed who had previously been camping, living in a vehicle, or couch surfing.
New Hope Brings Blessings By The Bagful
Categories: Author: Date: Tuesday, January 26 2016
In late January a kind visitor delivered 25 ultra-soft blankets to First Place Family Center, each in a handy reusable bag. Here’s the back story, as told by Sheri Childers of New Hope Eugene: