Spotlight on Service: The Eugene Mission

The Eugene Mission describes itself as “a wellness shelter for the homeless”. Volunteer Coordinator, Tabitha Eck, gave us a tour of the beautiful 7.5 acre path to wellness.

Tabitha explained that the center serves 500 people daily, but has a staff of less than 50. The shelter cooks 16,000 meals monthly, but has a food budget of only $2000. The impressive shelter runs mainly on donations of time, money, food and goods. It is an inspiring refuge of love.

Here are some glimpses of our tour:

175 beds fit in this room--this is half of the male beds.

175 beds fit in this room--this is half of the male beds.

This is the women's room. The fun quilts are all hand made and donated by a local church.

This is the women's room. The fun quilts are all hand made and donated by a local church.

An impressive garden allows residents an opportunity to work and eat.

An impressive garden allows residents an opportunity to work and eat.

The women and children's room can serve up to 35 people

The women and children's room can serve up to 35 people

A local bank donated the playground so the kids can have a chance to be kids.

A local bank donated the playground so the kids can have a chance to be kids.

We discussed with Tabitha what Little Hands Can will do to support the shelter. Here are some things we are planning (keep checking our events page for details):

·         Put together outreach kits to give to homeless people who don’t come into the shelter. Tabitha explained that because of mental health (PTSD, etc), many times the community living can be too much. The mission passes out outreach kits that have a few necessary items  to these folks.

·         Make gloves and mittens for the homeless—the winter can be a really rough time and having an extra pair of gloves can make a big difference.

·         Write letters to place on the pillows of the beds. Many of these people would love to have a handmade card from a child with a little note of encouragement.

·         Help the kids at the mission serve. There are up to 35 people staying in the women and children’s unit at any given moment. We hope to put on an activity where the families there can make something to give to someone else.

Would you like to sponsor any of these events? Click here.

Would you like to take your own tour of the wellness mission or learn more about getting involved? Contact Tabitha today at 541.344.3251 x 160 or tabithae@eugenemission.org.