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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – As cooler days and chilly nights set in the High Desert, dozens of homeless people fill Bend’s new year-round shelter, and operators need to help to feed them.
Shepherd’s House Ministries said on Thursday he was in critical need of donated meals to support the dozens of homeless people who come to their emergency shelter on Second Street every night.
“There may come a time when a guest walks in here after being out on the street all day, and we may have to say, ‘We’re sorry, we don’t have a meal tonight,'” warned John Lodise. , the director of emergency services at Shepherd’s House.
Since the extended year-round accommodation service opened in June, the Second Street location is now operating seven days a week, year-round, resulting in a large influx of regular guests accessing the shelter. Their 70-bed facility is now filled to capacity every night, resulting in a greater need for volunteer services for dinner and breakfast.
“We basically get by,” Loside told NewsChannel 21. “As we see gaps in the meal train, we do a lot of trips to Costco. We just find ways to improvise.”
The Shepherd’s House depends on the community for food, but Lodise said without help they might have to limit capacity or even skip meals.
That’s a scary thought for Lani Gibson, who has been homeless for three years and sleeps there every night with her seven-year-old pug.
“If that was taken away from them, then I don’t know what they should be counting on,” Gibson said. “They would have a bed, a warm place to sleep, but everyone needs at least one meal a day.”
The Shepherd’s House needs help to get there.
“They could adopt a day of the month,” Lodise suggested. “They could take the third Wednesday, they could take the second Saturday of each month and just provide one meal every 30 days. If we have enough people to do that, we’ll fill in all of our gaps.”
For anyone interested in providing a meal for homeless people, you can visit the “Meal Train” link on their website at shministries.org or access it directly here: BendShelterFood.org
Individuals, churches, community organizations, businesses, families and neighborhood groups are encouraged to participate by registering to help serve a nutritious meal to our neighbors facing the challenges of homelessness. Your help in serving and spreading the word is greatly appreciated.
For more information, contact Lodise at: [email protected]
Meal-train link: BendShelterFood.org
You can also donate money to support this meal service at: