WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Chinook Winds pitches in for Homeless Connect – Lincoln City

Chinook Winds Casino Resorts’ Purchasing Manager Eric Anderson and Interim General Manager Mike Fisher assist Brad Taylor, Food and Beverage Co-Chair for Project Homeless Connect, load up donated food for the hot meal to be served at Project Homeless Connect Thursday at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church.

A spokesman for the casino resort said, “Chinook Winds Casino Resort is proud to once again provide support where it is needed the most. Project Homeless Connect, taking place on May 17 at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City, was in need of food to complete the 2nd annual event that provides a hand-up to the homeless. When Interim General Manager, Mike Fisher, was approached with the request, he said without hesitation, “of course we’ll help, and we’ll order the food directly from our suppliers so it can be picked up right here at Chinook Winds.”

Project Homeless Connect provides access to many federal, state, county and private non-profit agencies that can assist the homeless in getting assistance. Health care screening, identification services, pet care, haircuts, immunizations, personal care items, packaged food and a hot meal are all part of the event.

Donations and sponsorships of Chinook Winds Casino through April of 2012 totaled nearly $39,000, not including in-kind donations and donations or discounts of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising, and manpower for many events. Purchases from local Lincoln County vendors totaled over $830,000.

Overall, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $9.5 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising items since it opened in

Project Homeless Connect is an operation of volunteers and other good hearted souls to help Lincoln City’s homeless to acquire legal ID, food, medical and dental care, care and food for their pets, social security assistance, personal hygiene products, clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other items to help them survive.

Homeless Connect kicks off Thursday, 10am and runs to 3pm, at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church. It’s located at 1226 SW 13th Street in Lincoln City.

Those who would like to volunteer to help guide the homeless through their journey at the church to get much needed services can contact Homeless Connect at 541-574-2584.

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