Thrill the World Zombies Care About Homelessness

'Thrill the World' is an annual global attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous Thriller Dance (by Michael Jackson) while raising money for charity. In 2012, Eugene joined 'Thrill The World' for the first time, and chose to donate proceeds to ShelterCare. Join us this Saturday October 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Washington/Jefferson Park 

Representative Hoyle Chairs Campaign

Oregon House Majority Leader Val Holye is the Honorary Chair of this year's "I ShelterCare About Homelessness" campaign. She believes that to solve the causes of homelessness, we have to do more than build shelters. We must also give people in crisis the support they need to recover. These members of our community need services – improved and expanded – to help them restore their psychiatric, physical and financial health in order to be able to stabilize their lives. Thanks to Rep. Hoyle for giving her voice and commitment to this campaign. Learn how to get involved at 

Your Vote Can Help ShelterCare Get Creative With Idea Paint

ShelterCare just entered into an exciting contest to win a product called Idea Paint!  Out of hundreds of entrys, ShelterCare made the top 20. Idea Paint turns a normal wall (or multiple walls) into a huge whiteboard.  This will allows staff to be able to be creative during meetings, workshops and training's.  Please click onto the link and like ShelterCare's entry and send out to as many family and friends as possible.  

We just have to make the top five to make the finals.

CLICK here! or copy and paste. 

Western Shelter Systems Gives ShelterCare Consumers a Roof for Recovery

WSS_Revised_2011When it comes to helping people in crisis, Western Shelter Systems knows what it takes. After all, the business was founded to lend a helping hand to those in need.

The company creates temporary shelters and innovative field equipment that helps emergency responders assist their community when disaster strikes. These shelters are used for everything from mobile field hospitals to living quarters for first responders.

To that end, the Eugene-based company stepped up in a big way for ShelterCare’s Shankle Program in Springfield. Shankle is part of the agency’s Supported Housing Program, and serves 16 clients in a residential setting who are battling mental illness and homelessness.

Shankle has functioned without a designated meeting space for individual therapy sessions and group therapy. In response to this need, ShelterCare has been actively seeking partners who could help the agency acquire a mobile or temporary structure. Considering Shankle clients suffer from the most severe psychiatric disabilities – including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder – this deficiency was challenging.

Fortunately, Western Shelter more than answered the call.

The business donated one of their shelter systems (a heavy duty, durable structure) for the project. The new structure will have electricity, heating and security for Shankle clients.

“ShelterCare is doing very important work in our community to provide a place for those who need it,” said Mike Litten, director of operations with Western Shelter. “With our experience in providing temporary and mobile medical shelters we can add value and support to the good work being done by the ShelterCare staff and volunteers. “

This investment will create a lasting legacy of care to help Shankle consumers more effectively recover. 

UPDATE! Royal Avenue Facility

ShelterCare is pleased to announce that we will be re-commissioning the facility at Hwy 99 and Royal Avenue for the Homeless Medical Respite program.  The facility is a great fit for the program that was launched in October 2013, allowing for greater efficiency and continued growth.  Please share this news.  We continue to be concerned that the community has lost a very valuable crisis respite resource for mental health crises and hope, with other community partners, to find a way to meet this significant need in the community.  

What’s next for Royal Avenue Facility?

ShelterCare will move the Homeless Medical Respite program to Royal Avenue Program Facility later this fall. Homeless Medical Respite currently uses units at Family Housing Program.

What is Homeless Medical Respite?

Homeless Medical Respite Program is a partnership between ShelterCare, PeaceHealth and Trillium. The program provides housing and services to individuals who are homeless and recently discharged from the hospital after an acute medical episode. The 30 day post-hospital respite allows individuals to meet their after-care needs, promote healing and create sustainable connections to community resources, medical providers and housing.

What is the history of Homeless Medical Respite?

The program is modeled after similar programs in Portland. After several years of planning, the first referral to HMR was in October of 2013. The program began with four designated units and has now grown to offer 12 units at a time. Thirty-nine individuals have been served to date and 31 of those (~80%) have transitioned to safe housing. An analysis of the first 14 patients after eight months of operation suggested that the program saved hospital costs of $281,000 as measured in reduced length of stay and reduction of re-hospitalizations.

Who does Homeless Medical Respite serve?

All HMR participants are homeless, often for many years. Typical medical diagnoses include untreated type 2 Diabetes, amputation of an extremity (toe, leg or hand), cellulitis infection, oxygen machine dependence, heart failure or congestive heart failure, liver failure or liver disease. 

Why move the program?

The Royal Avenue Program offers several amenities not currently available to the HMR program at Family Housing Program site: 

1. units at RAP are ramped and accessible – those at Family are not and the cost of installing ramps is prohibitive

2. the on-site kitchen makes meal service more efficient – at Family meals are transported in from other facilities 

3. there is room for expansion at RAP – up to 19, average of 15

4. the units vacated at Family become permanent supported housing for HMR graduates through utilization of housing grants (Cascades, Shelter Plus Care)

5. the shared unit layout at Royal is best suited for a short-term program such as crisis respite or homeless medical respite (30-60 days).