Employed, hardworking families struggle for housing in Eugene. In the meantime there's First Place Family Center.
Employed, hardworking families struggle for housing in Eugene. In the meantime there's First Place Family Center.

First Place Family Center
1995 Amazon Pkwy
Eugene, OR 97405-2911
Phone: 541-342-7728
Click to Email Director Michael Yoshioka
See also: 
First Place Kids Early Childhood Program
First Place Annex Night Shelter


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St. Vincent de Paul Society
of Lane County, Inc.

2890 Chad Dr.
Eugene, OR 97408 OR
P.O. Box 24608
Eugene, OR 97402
Media inquiries: Bethany Cartledge
(541) 743-7153

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First Place Family Center

  • First Place Family Center
  • 1995 Amazon Pkwy
  • Eugene, OR 97405
  • Ph: 541-342-7728
  • Email the Director
See also: First Place Kids Early Childhood Program    •    First Place Annex Night Shelter
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Having come to their own turning point, Michael and Reana Paulo sought treatment and family unity, and found both in Eugene. First Place Family Center programs helped to sustain the family while homeless, and get them into stable housing.

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“The First Place Family Center, located at 1995 Amazon Parkway, will be adapting its services in order to better ensure the safety of its staff and our families. The following changes will take effect Friday, March 27th: 

  • All families currently being sheltered overnight through the Night Shelter program will remain sheltered throughout the night and day at the Annex shelter facility.
  • The First Place Family Center (FPFC), located at 1995 Amazon Parkway, will still remain open for literally homeless or extremely vulnerable families 7 days a week. Hours have been reduced to 10am – 3pm.
    • Services at the FPFC will be restricted to picking up critical supplies such as food, diapers, toiletries and other hygiene products.
    • Entrance into the FPFC facility will be limited to one family at a time for use of bathrooms, laundry, and showers only.
    • FPFC will still be accepting and processing applications for the Homeless Prevention and Barrier Busters programs by appointment only Saturday thru Wednesdays 10am – 3pm. Interested families should still contact Kevin Douglas at kevin.douglas@svdp.us or 541-357-1734.
    • Families who have questions about services at FPFC should still call 541-342-7728.
    • General donations to the SVdP are not being collected at FPFC at this time. The only donations being accepted at this time are masks, hand sanitizer, and temporal thermometers. “
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First Place Family Center is a refuge and place of support for children and their families who are low income, at risk of losing their housing or are already in transition between homes due to job loss, health issues and other critical problems. 

We have been a safe place for people in crisis for over 20 years.  Services help families meet their immediate needs as well as promoting self-sufficiency.  We provide a place where people are always welcome to share their victories, ask advice, or just reconnect with staff.  For many families we are the stable home base they’ve never had.

Staff and volunteers help the families identify barriers to achieving self-sufficiency and resources needed to overcome those barriers.  Each family develops an individually tailored action plan in order to move towards stability.  Components may include job search, GED Classes, locating affordable housing, drug and alcohol treatment, parenting classes, budgeting and money management.  Each family receives ongoing support and advocacy as they access housing, secure and maintain employment, and take the steps necessary to address issues that may have contributed to their homelessness.

First Place facilitates the First Place Annex Night Shelter, where faith communities offer a meal and overnight accommodations to families throughout the school year; and the Overnight Parking Program, where families with children can legally camp in a vehicle.

First Place Kids Early Childhood Program addresses the unique needs of children who are experiencing homelessness in their early years.

You can help by donating cash, or by providing items most needed by First Place guests of all ages.
View the First Place Wish List
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   We thank the following for their ongoing support for First Place Family Center:

Lane County & the Human Services Commission
City of Eugene      
City of Springfield    United Way logo

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County affirms and actively promotes the right of all individuals to equal opportunity in housing and employment without regard to any protected basis, including race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.