If you haven't been to ShelterCare's relatively new home — The Center for Programs and Services — at 499 W. 4th Avenue in Eugene, we invite you to take a tour. It's a beautiful facility that has changed the lives of both our clients and the people who work with the agency.
During the many months leading up to its official opening in the fall of 2015, community donors stepped up to help us transform the property from a warehouse that required quite a bit of "vision," to a state-of-the-art building where clients can work toward recovery and employees can more effectively do their jobs.
This all started with you, our supporters.
To help honor the folks who gave to the building campaign, we have put up a donor name wall in our front lobby. We salute all who had a hand in making our "vision" become reality!
A place for thoughts, art, poetry curated and created by the residents of ShelterCare. Click here: Voices Newsletter – July 2015
ShelterCare's Supported Employment Program (SEP) has received a nice boost from a local company.
SEP provides our residents — who often struggle with homelessness and mental illness — with essential tools for entering or re-entering the workforce. The program aims to improve the quality of life for ShelterCare residents by facilitating their access to meaningful employment . To function successfully, SEP partners with local businesses that have both employment needs and a desire to contribute to our mission.
In this case, Minuteman Commercial Services — a full-service commercial janitorial company that provides cleaning services to businesses in Lane County — partnered with SEP earlier this year by hiring one of our residents.
"We were contacted by (ShelterCare) based on a Craigslist ad we had posted," said Minuteman President Paul Hoerauf, who operates the business along with his wife, Celena. "As a result of conversations and learning about your program, we were connected with a job seeker who has been a great addition to our company."
Paul said his company offers employment opportunities with flexible hours and on-site training while specializing in providing customized services based on customer needs. The business also assists with special cleaning requests, move-out cleaning, construction clean-up, hard floor care, carpet extraction, and window cleaning.
This work was an ideal fit for this particular ShelterCare client, Paul said.
"It is a win-win situation," he said. "We were looking for a good source for employees, and in doing so, were able to employ someone from your program."
Want to join the fun? For more information or to register your team, e-mail Kelly Johnson at email@example.com