Eugene Service Station, the social services hub on Highway 99N for homeless men and women in the Eugene-Springfield area, has temporarily closed due to lost power in the winter storm, and is seeking donations of warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags to assist the needy in the meantime.
“We really need warm clothing right now,” says Paul Neville, the director of public relations at St. Vincent de Paul’s. “We’re asking people to donate.” St. Vinnie's also administers Egan Warming Centers and the Dusk-to-Dawn homeless camping programs, and provides warm clothing and other items to homeless people using those programs.
According to a press release, “St. Vinnie’s retail thrift stores throughout the region are issuing vouchers for clothing and other items to homeless individuals.” This means that unhoused people can go to St. Vincent locations to get free supplies.
The cold weather has made travel difficult, but Neville asks that the public bring warm clothing to any St. Vincent drop-site or location. “Our preference is to donate to the Seneca store, but that depends on road conditions,” Neville says, but certainly not if it is too dangerous. The Seneca St. Vinnie's is at 705 S. Seneca.
St. Vincent serves meals to 200 homeless individuals every day, and provides 80,000 showers a year, according to Neville. “The demand always surpasses out ability to meet those needs,” he says, but donations can help.
Those interested in volunteering with the Egan Warming Center can attend the new volunteer orientation and training on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9:30-11:30am at First Christian Church 1166 Oak St. in the chapel.