There’s a property east of Redmond where, at one time, hundreds of homeless campers were squatting. The last remaining campers left the property Tuesday after the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issues an eviction notice on Monday.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on the scene when land owners surveyed what was left behind.
In this week’s Supper Club conversation, Donna Britt talks to three community leaders about how government entities and community groups are working together and looking to the future to deal with the ever-looming issue of homelessness.
Thanks to Tory Flory of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Katie Hammer of Redmond Area Park and Recreation District and Shon Rae with Central Oregon Irrigation District for joining us.
A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.
Family Access Network’s Mikaela Rickards explains to Central Oregon Daily how thousands of children of all ages need winter weather wear this season. Look for donation sites throughout Central Oregon to help with this year’s Circle of Giving campaign.
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.
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.
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.
With temperatures dipping into the single digits, more people experiencing homelessness are searching for warmth. The Shepherd’s House Ministries in Bend sent out an alert saying they have a critical need for sleeping bags and cold weather clothing.
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.
Thanksgiving arrived a day early in La Pine today. Every year the La Pine Community Kitchen serves more than 2,000 hot meals to needy individuals and families. Today, they provided a Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there as they served up the feast.
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.org; grandmashouseofco.org; myshepherdshouse.org; neighborimpact.org