A Reunion 25 Years in the Making

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Date: Thursday, July 9 2020

60-something veteran of Vietnam, Ken enrolled in St. Vincent de Paul’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) during fall, preceding a winter that was expected to be extraordinarily harsh. He had been homeless for the better part of 25 years and was suffering from PTSD. He got by on a small VA disability benefit, living rough in the woods, or in his car. 

Within a month, SSVF staff secured suitable permanent housing for Ken, a unit in a quiet, woodsy area perfect for finding peace and relaxation.  But transitioning into housing is not always easy.

RHRP Closing In On 200 Home Rehabs

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Date: Tuesday, July 7 2020

There’s good news in affordable housing or, more accurately, its preservation. Despite a recession and now a pandemic, 180 older Lane County homes have been made comfortable, energy efficient, and safe with financial and practical help from the Rural Housing Rehabilitation Program (RHRP), administered by St. Vincent de Paul.

Restoring House and Hope

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Date: Tuesday, July 7 2020

 On a warm afternoon, the Scandinavian minimalist, black tiny house of Anna Bjornsdotter, husband Jose, and son Viggo hardly looks like the stuff of blood, sweat and tears, but the family’s long journey from southern California to Oregon’s McKenzie River has been a story of finding community and support in the midst of hardship.

SSVF Opened Doors for Single Dad

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Date: Tuesday, July 7 2020

If you’ve visited Newport on the Oregon Coast lately, booming as it is with upscale abodes, you’ll understand the circumstances that brought JR and his daughter to Eugene in search of affordable housing. Little did JR know at the time that his status as a military veteran would make the difference in an equally tough housing market.

SVdP Bombarded by Bombas Socks

Categories: Homeless Aid
Author: Laura Bennett
Date: Tuesday, June 23 2020
Terry McDonald, Executive Director, and Charlie Burnham, Board Chair, unpack pairs of Bombas socks

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County (SVdP) received a large quantity of brand new socks from a nonprofit partner, and local nonprofit agencies that serve unhoused populations can benefit from the gift! A load of 79,000 Bombas-brand socks were sent from St. Vincent de Paul of Dayton, OH, to distribute to unhoused community members here in Oregon. 

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