There’s Still Time: Be Part of the Hunt!

ShelterCare's first scavenger hunt is nearly halfway complete! Throughout July, we challenge ShelterCare supporters to be on the lookout for yard sale, antique store and estate sale treasures to donate to our clients in need.

Don Gulbrandsen, ShelterCare's Agency Recruiter (left) with scavenger hunt organizer Carlos Barrera.
Don Gulbrandsen, ShelterCare’s Agency Recruiter (left) with scavenger hunt organizer Carlos Barrera and some of his scavenger hunt treasures.
Scavenger hunt organizer and ShelterCare supporter Carlos Barrera hopes to organize five teams that will gather household furnishings for ShelterCare clients during the month.

Think Goonies, with a twist! 

Teams may be made up of family members, church groups, co-workers, etc. 

Want to get involved? For more information or to register your team, e-mail Kelly Johnson at kjohnson (at) sheltercare (dot) org

ShelterCare Says ‘Thanks’ to Donors in Special Way

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.

The backing board is carried in.
The backing board is carried in.
Workers begin the installation.
Workers begin the installation.
ShelterCare Executive Director Susan Ban (along with Chris Berner of Funk/Levis & Associates) lay the final name plate.
ShelterCare Executive Director Susan Ban (along with Chris Berner of Funk/Levis and Associates) lay the final name plate.
The final product!
The final product!

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!

Janitorial Service Company Partners with ShelterCare

ShelterCare's Supported Employment Program (SEP) has received a nice boost from a local company.

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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."

 

 

Scavenger Hunt: Join the fun this month!

Ready? Set? Seek! 

ShelterCare's first scavenger hunt is about to take off. Throughout July, we challenge you to put your thrift shop or yard sale skills to the test to support our clients in need.

We hope to organize five teams that will gather household furnishings for ShelterCare clients during the month. Teams may be made up of family members, church groups, co-workers, etc. 

Over the next several weeks, teams will seek out and purchase needed items to earn points. At the end of the month, the team with the most points will receive a very special trophy.

Come join the hunt! Photo courtesy of moviepilot.com
Come join the hunt! Photo courtesy of moviepilot.com

Scavenger hunt organizer and ShelterCare supporter Carlos Barrera said he already has a head start. Even as teams are still forming, household items have already started coming in.

"College students have been contributing a lot," said Carlos. This includes everything from dish drying racks to furniture to hairdryers and lamps. “I enjoy treasure hunting. It’s a way for me to do something I enjoy while helping people at ShelterCare.”

Want to join the fun? For more information or to register your team, e-mail Kelly Johnson at kjohnson@sheltercare.org