A FINAL CALL FOR HELP…AND THANKS
By Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner
The Lincoln County community’s response to our appeals for help for this year’s Project Homeless Connect event has been gratifying. We have hundreds of dollars in hand, and over one hundred volunteers have signed up! And many items donated as well. It’s not too late to join others in helping your neighbors.
When you hear the word “homeless,” you probably think of a man on a street corner holding a sign. That’s the most visible face of the problem, but in Lincoln County, the average homeless person is a single mom in her mid-thirties. She’s probably working one job, sometimes two, but isn’t making enough to put a stable roof over her head. She and her children may be at Samaritan House, My Sisters’ Place, a cheap motel, a campground, or doubled up with friends or relatives.
She might have lost her job when her employer closed up shop. She might have fled domestic violence. She might have been forced into bankruptcy by a medical crisis. The stories are different, but they have common threads.
Project Homeless Connect, happening this Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, represents an outreach to our neighbors in crisis. You can make a difference in several ways:
Donate cash. Every cent goes for direct services to guests at the event. Send checks to Samaritan House, 715 SW Bay Street, Newport, with “Homeless Connect” in the subject line.
Volunteer your time. You can help with set-up on Thursday afternoon, or be part of the event itself on Friday (morning, afternoon and all-day shifts are available). Go to www.homelessinlincolncounty.com for a link to sign-up online, or visit the office of the Church of the Nazarene to fill out a paper form.
Donate new or gently used items; they’re being collected at Payne West Insurance in Newport and the Ya-hots Video Country Store. These are the most-sought items:
T-Shirts Mens Large or X-Large in any color
Mens Underwear. Medium or Large
Warm Gloves – All sizes