Sponsor a Family or Individual
Help someone have a happier holiday season by becoming a sponsor. Holiday sponsors purchase gifts for a specific family or individual in a ShelterCare program. There are currently nearly 40 families and close to 200 individuals in ShelterCare programs. All of our clients have experienced homelessness or were on the verge of becoming homeless.
Sponsorships to Date (As of 12/8/17)
- Families: 31 Sponsored, 7 Unsponsored
- Individuals: 121 Sponsored, 75 Unsponsored
How does sponsorship benefit ShelterCare participants?
The holidays can be a stressful for anyone. The families in our programs are working to regain their stability and independence, but most do not have the resources to buy holiday gifts. Many families also need help with household items and food. Our single clients report feeling lonely and isolated during the holidays, especially those who have lost connection with family or have no family in the area. Most of our residents are extremely low income or have no income at all.
How do I participate?
We currently have nearly 40 families and close to 200 individuals in our programs, with many still hoping to be matched with a caring sponsor.
If you, your business, or group would like to sponsor a family or individual, contact us for details.
ShelterCare Holiday Giving
Other Ways to Help
Don’t want to wait for a wish list? Gift cards and practical items such as calendars and planners are always appreciated. We can use these donated items during the winter holiday season as “fill in” gifts for participants who don’t get sponsored, and as gifts and incentives for our participants year-round.
Gift cards help our clients stay engaged in the community and stretch their budgets.
- Movie passes
Many of our program participants have zero income, yet they still need items for maintaining a clean and healthy home. We also have a number of clients with pets who say they would rather be able to purchase something for their animal companion than receive something for themselves. Suggested amount: $25 or less
- Discount store gift cards (Wal Mart is most requested)
- Dollar store gift cards
- Pet supplies gift cards
Our outreach teams often hand out food and coffee gift cards to unhoused community members. Suggested amount: $5-10.
- Grocery gift cards (Winco and Fred Meyer are most requested)
- Fast food gift cards (Subway, McDonald’s, etc.)
- Casual restaurant gift cards (Cafe Yumm!, Chipotle, etc.)
- Coffee shop gift cards (Starbucks is most requested as they also sell food)
Notebooks and calendars help clients keep track of important appointments such as counseling sessions and job interviews.
- Small notebooks or appointment books
- Wall calendars
- Inexpensive wrist watches
Gift cards and other items from this list can be dropped off at ShelterCare’s Center for Programs and Services during business hours, located at 499 W. 4th Avenue in Eugene. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
ShelterCare’s Amazon Wish List
ShelterCare outreach teams distribute about 75 hygiene kits every month to unhoused members of the community. The kits contain items such as clean socks, power bars, shampoo, soap and first-aid supplies. You can purchase these and other much-needed items from our Amazon wish list and have the contents shipped directly to us. ShelterCare’s wish list on Amazon.com