Dear Friends and families –
We want to thank the community for your generous response to our request for donations to the Lincoln City Warming Shelter. Thanks also to news editor Dave Morgan for posting our request for help. Your gifts have helped good human beings, infants to aged survive until the next morning.
So here we are again, asking for more help. Cecilia and me had started volunteering over a month ago at the shelter to try and justify the air we breathe in retirement. It has been an eye opener to see an undercurrent of human need right here among us. There are the mentally ill, those stable mentally but not able to handle an American dream 40+ hours per week job. Then there are those just damnable down on their luck. Fired, laid off, medical catastrophe and a home is lost.
We have definite needs now, and God bless any soul who can step forward to help. You are our lifeline and probably the shortest link to making a difference. Side note of course that all your donations are a deduction on taxes. Food, clothing, anything to help with the battle.
There is the need for a computer, preferably with “wifi” capability. This is to help manage job searches, resumes, hardware – all needed to help those with the capacity get back on their feet again. Currently the poor director is having to dance back and forth interrupting her work to share her one outdated fragile laptop with a job seeker. We want to evolve to a greater capacity than just offering a warm meal. Give someone a fish and they okay for the next meal. Teach someone to fish and they have a skill for life. Communication and proper networking is part of the key to getting a life back together and on track out of the homeless predicament.
In the kitchen, we need a large volume food processor or salad shooter type device that can turn out items in bulk quickly.
Our kitchen is also in deep need of an under sink garbage disposal. They currently throw out gallons of unused or outdated food into their small garbage bin outside. Neither hygienic nor practical.
The shelter has transitioned until March into an overnight stay anytime NOAA says the low temperature will be less than 40 degrees. This has seriously impacted food service efficiency with the few small frying pans they had. You heroes donated the rice cooker and large pressure cooker which has made life easier for the volunteers.
Their shift coordinator told me that a great need is for flesh and blood volunteers who can come in to do whatever shifts they can offer. Big need is for night volunteers when the shelter is open over night. Hardest to fill and need is for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday…9:30 pm until 6 am. There is a 10 dollar payment for anyone taking the shift, but more of an honorarium like a jury duty thing. Nobody is there to make money on any of this.
For me, I wander around the compound and see unsecured doors. Buckets put under roof leaks so as not to flood clothing donations. Mechanical problems. Means if you got construction skills and can get down with the salt of the earth to donate your brains and skills, only reason we are really here for, we really need your help as well.
I think one of the most incredible constants in all this is the pure and genuine gratitude from the recipient.
Another thing. Me and Cecilia used to donate to a local commercial operation, often coming back and seeing what we gave on the rack for a substantial price. In the shelter, every grain of rice donated passes directly from the hand of the giver into the hand of the receiver. No markup, no profit, just pure service to those in need. This was beautiful.
God bless you every one for anything you can do to help uplift our collective family.
Contact information is:
Location, 1207 SE 48th Pl, Lincoln City. Going north, this is at the first light and a right turn after the south ACE hardware store. Two blocks at the old fire station.
Phone number for our director Amanda Cherryholmes is (541) 264-0457
Best to all of you and a Merry Christmas,
John and Cecilia Kennedy