Dear Friends, Dear Family,
I have been a part time volunteer for the feeding and sheltering of the homeless and destitute in our county for a couple years. It was only when facing the plight face to face as a volunteer worker that I realized the pervasive extent of the problem. I could go on but I don’t have enough tears to shed over the human suffering in our midst right now with every freezing, wet sunset.
There have been and are angels in our midst that are waging battle for the dignity and protection of those downtrodden and less fortunate. I know Newport has angels in our midst as well. I wanted to focus on operations in Lincoln City and ask for your help in a humanitarian crisis.
It is not my place to judge or interpret what has gone on up here over the last year, but safe to say that the warming shelter and overnight rescue facility took a severe hit. All funds, all materials, everything was taken away. The Mission is having to start from ground zero to continue service. They have nothing left but the motive to serve.
The mother and daughter team working behind the scenes are needing critical assistance to continue their work. I am wanting to pass along the need for items so that the warming shelter and daily resource center can bounce back and survive. I know the coronavirus is a focus now and rightly so. But consider that the mortality of sleeping under a bridge in cold wet clothing in freezing temperatures has a far higher mortality rate. We need help.
Contact numbers for donations. Highest respect for these two warriors who have served the homeless for years. Sharon Padilla 541-992-5748, Amanda Cherryholmes 541-264-0457
This is what we need:
Emergency blankets (Mylar light weight thermal)
Hand washes, bacterial type
Computers or laptops, used so the clients can search for work and write resumes.
Cash donations in any amount of course.
Critical need is for volunteers. Until a new daytime resource center is secured, the night shelter has three shifts to fill. Cooks 5-7 pm. This is covered moderately well by community volunteers. Night security, mostly just to be here during the hours. 5 to 10 pm. These are easy shifts if you are a night person. Later night security 10 pm to 6 am.
We have the food donations moderately covered. Safeway company needs a hi five recognition and our patronage for their constant help. Next head of lettuce you buy, get it from Safeway, because they are silently giving back into our local community. Please do what you can and what the heart moves. We are all one humanity and the suffering of one is the suffering of all of us.
Also we want to bring attention to the First Baptist Church in Lincoln City. These folks have sponsored the space and facilities to allow overnight meals and a warm cot and blanket for those in need. Hard to describe what me and the wife experienced there when we went in to cook. Something beautiful. Angels abound. Blessed souls given if only one night’s respite from killing cold and hunger.
God bless you all. Please help.
Dr John Kennedy