Who Gets The Pillow?

We had a great week. We are inching towards are tipping point. With 28 day remaining we have 11 backers and have raised enough to buy about six beds. We need your help to reach our goal of purchasing 15 bed sets. Remember we have to reach our tipping point to collect the funds pledged, so join the fun today: http://startsomegood.com/sheltercaresleeps 

At our $25 giving level, donors get to vote for the players in our ShelterCare pillow fight! For each gift at this level, one of six staff members will get a smack with a pillow. You choose which one!

The tally so far:

Craig Norton: 2

Robin Tiedeman: 1

Jim Hukari: 1

Lucy Vinis: 0

Don Gulbrandsen: 0

Susan Ban: 0

Two Beds and Counting!

We are two weeks into our campaign to purchase 15 bed sets for ShelterCare clients. So far we have six backers and have raised enough to buy two beds. Remember we have to reach our tipping point to collect the funds pledged, so join the fun today: http://startsomegood.com/sheltercaresleeps 

We are offering some great rewards to our donors in this campaign ranging from lunch with our executive director to heartfelt "thank you" messages from our clients.

At our $25 giving level, donors get to vote for the players in our ShelterCare pillow fight! For each gift at this level, one of six staff members will get a smack with a pillow. You choose which one!

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Start Some Good with ShelterCare

Join ShelterCare in our first crowdsourcing campaign. This is an opportunity for you to directly and easily reach our clients while having some fun along the way.

Through this effort, we hope to purchase 15 new bed frames, mattresses and mattress covers to provide a comfortable place to sleep for clients moving into new apartments in our programs.

Thanks to new funding, we have access to 83 apartments for permanent housing in Eugene and Springfield. So far, we have successfully moved 30 clients into these units, and are ready to move clients into the remaining units. Unfortunately, our need for furnishings exceeds our supplies! One of the most pressing needs is for bed sets. We are looking to purchase 15 new bed frames, mattresses and mattress covers to fill our urgent need.

Diane, a ShelterCare Supported Housing Program client, shares her story of survival and resiliency. After more than a year of enduring homelessness, Diane said she is thankful for the housing and support she has received through ShelterCare.

 

We are offering some great rewards to our donors in this campaign ranging from lunch with our executive director to heartfelt thank you’s from our clients.

At our $25 giving level we are hosting a ShelterCare pillow fight! For each gift at this level a staff member will get a smack with a pillow. You even get to choose who gets your pillow hit from this fabulous list staff members:

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To learn more or make your donation click here.

You Can Turn A Night Out Into Sweet Dreams

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“My first night, I slept for 12 hours. It was the first time, in a long time, that I felt safe and comfortable.”

Those are the words of a ShelterCare client who finally had a place to sleep after months of living on the street.  We are able to offer a good night’s sleep to people in our community because of folks like you.  There are only two simple questions:

            Do you want to help other people like this have a place to sleep?

                                                And

            Would you like to make that possible while enjoying a glass of local craft beer?

If you answered “yes” to both, we have good news for you! During April, Elk Horn Brewery  will donate $1 for every pint sold of the ShelterCare Tap (Tap #24) as part of the company’s “Beer-Cause-We-Care” program. "We are big believers in helping where and how we can" says Elk Horn Brewery owner Colleen Sheehan. To kick off the campaign, ShelterCare will be at Elk Horn Brewery (686 E Broadway St) on April 1 from 4-6 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

Funds raised will be used to buy 15 new bed frames, mattresses and mattress covers to provide a comfortable place to sleep for clients moving into new apartments in our programs. For someone struggling with homelessness, a good night’s sleep is a distant dream. You can make that dream a reality. Help us turn beer into beds! 

ShelterCare Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2015

IMG_6591New Lobby Creates a Safe Space and Special Moments

Since opening our doors in October, Jessica Johnson has been the warm, friendly face greeting everyone who comes to ShelterCare. Recently, Jessica transitioned to a new position, Supported Housing Office Manager. During her time in the front lobby she witnessed many special moments. Here are a few stories from Jessica’s seat at the front desk.

Hope can entail help, empathy, compassion, direction or purpose. At times, all it takes to give hope is a friendly smile and caring ear. At the front desk I was not only able to be a part of this mission, but I could observe hope as it happened. I found this experience to be nothing shy of awe-inspiring. More often than not, I was our client’s first experience at ShelterCare. Not only was this a big responsibility, but it was an honor as well.

Stories That Inspire

Asking for help can be a humbling and uncomfortable experience for many. A woman came to my counter speaking in a whisper so that others would not overhear. I looked her in the eyes and assured her that sometimes the hardest part was telling someone you need help. and that she was brave for being able to do so. This woman broke into tears and talked to me at length about how she had found herself in this situation. I reassured her that any of us could find ourselves in a similar situation and that she should hold her head high.

People fall upon hard times for a multitude of reasons. Our Homeless Prevention Program gives those in need a hand up. One man, a military veteran, came in need of assistance quicker than we are typically able to accommodate. Rather than directing him to the standard channels, our main screener, Eddie, came out to the lobby and sat down beside him to discuss his specific situation. Eddie was able to prevent eviction and keep this person from homelessness that very day! Although this is amazing in and of itself, what happened next is what was sincerely moving. This man stood up and thanked Eddie for helping him. Eddie shook his hand, looked him in the eye, and said, “You are welcome sir, and thank you for your service to our country.” I was immediately humbled by such a profound moment of mutual respect and hope.

I am honored to be part of an organization that not only provides hope, but serves it up with a healthy dose of dignity.

- Jessica Johnson | Supported Housing Office Manager

To read the full newsletter click here.