As the season for giving is upon us, consider lending a hand (or two) at our local Women and Men’s homeless shelters. In spite of divisive politics surrounding local issues of homelessness, direct impact or involvement can open the door to support and understanding for one of our area’s most vulnerable and underprivileged populations.
Men’s Cold Weather
After numerous twists and turns, the Corvallis Men’s Shelter opened its doors on November 1 at 211 SE Chapman Place. The shelter can house fifty people, and usually hosts around forty a night. Side gates open daily at 4:30 p.m., with coffee for visitors. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. No one will be admitted after without a predetermined reason, such as work. A meal of soup and bread will be provided in the evening and a breakfast will be provided in the morning.
Volunteers for the shelter are still needed for opener/check-in, second check-in, overnighters, morning closers, rovers, and housekeepers. Businesses and groups are encouraged to apply to fill the positions as the experience can be a great way to build teamwork.
The Room at the Inn is a homeless Women’s shelter located at the Community Center of First United Methodist Church that serves eight to twelve women. Currently, the shelter needs volunteer greeters and hosts from 6:30 – 11 p.m., and an overnight sleeper from 11 p.m – 7 a.m. They also need volunteers to provide snacks on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 6:30 p.m., as well as a laundry volunteers on Wednesdays from
7 – 9:30 a.m.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, you can contact The Corvallis Men’s Shelter at Corvmensshelter@gmail.com. The Room at the Inn can be reached at (541) 757-6647.
By Jonah Anderson