Supper Club: Central Oregon Housing Crisis and Homeless Population

Recently, the Deschutes County Commissioners talked to Donna Britt about two hot local topics. For this week’s Supper Club, Tammy Baney, Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson tackled the Central Oregon housing crisis, the rising homelessness population and issues.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Nonprofit Raises Over $4 Million for Renovations

For over a year, the leaders of the Bethlehem Inn have been waging a fundraising effort called “Transforming Lives Together Capital Campaign.” The goal was to raise $4.5 million dollars to renovate and expand the shelter that provides housing and food to dozens of families every night.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, the shelter reached its goal early, and the expansion plans are now becoming a reality.

Year-round Need for Family Access Network

Mikaela Rickards, donor relations and events coordinator for Family Access Network, joined us to tell us what F.A.N. does daily for area children in need, whether they need a hot meal, warm clothes or school supplies. Mikaela also updated us on the Circle of Giving Campaign, as they continue to collect warm coats for kids through the holiday season.  For more information visit Family Access Network at: familyaccessnetwork.org.

The Giving Plate Needs Community Assistance

There are individuals and families in need of food year-round in Central Oregon and The Giving Plate is one organization that provides food. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, The Giving Plate has distributed nearly 3 million pounds of food in Central Oregon. Distribution happens Thursday through Saturday, with free lunch to children on Saturdays.

On Central Oregon Daily at 3pm, Debra Raney Kelso, co-founder of The Giving Plate, explained that the organization receives food from The Bend Food Project and other sources, but they are in need of help on the operations side. If you are able to give your time, contact The Giving Plate at www.thegivingplate.org.

Does giving money to the homeless keep them on the streets?

Do you ever wonder if you’re doing more harm than good by giving money and even food to homeless people? There are credible shelters and several resources here in Central Oregon that can provide more than just food and shelter for the homeless; they are equipped to deal with complex circumstances that land people on the streets. Here are some of the shelters in Central Oregon:

bethleheminn.orggrandmashouseofco.orgmyshepherdshouse.orgneighborimpact.org

  541.749.5151

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