The 2016/2017 season was the most intense since Egan Warming Center began. We had 731 more unique guests than the 2015/2016 season. That was due in part to severe weather and in part due to the continued growth of our homeless population.
We were able to answer the cold-weather call with the cooperation of our sites, Central Lutheran Church, Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lane Community College (main campus), St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Springfield Seventh-day Adventist Church and Valley Covenant Church. Without their participation and dedication, the Egan Warming Center would not be possible.
Because of our trained volunteers, we were able to open our sites to provide safety and warmth to our guests during an exceptionally harsh winter. Our volunteers worked tirelessly, often changing personal plans and working consecutive nights to make certain our sites were adequately staffed. There are no words to describe how grateful and honored I am to work with such amazing and selfless people. Volunteers, thank you so very much!
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, which administers the Egan Warming Center, continues to work very hard, providing management, equipment and logistical support that are essential to our operations. Our community partners also did an amazing job providing for the needs of our guests. Without Food For Lane County, we would not be able to serve our guests dinner and breakfast; food they so desperately need. ALSCO continues to launder our blankets, and, believe me, it was not an easy task to keep us stocked with clean blankets this past season. LTD provided us with bus passes for our guests on mornings after each activation. Without financial assistance from Lane County, we would not be able to pay for logistical materials, supplies, and more. As it has in the past, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) served on our training team, helping volunteers and guests in many ways. Television stations KEZI, KMTR, and KVAL, and other media outlets including The Register-Guard, Eugene Weekly, KLCC, and KVRM deserve a shout out for helping us with much needed news coverage during our season to promote awareness. Fundraisers, donations of money and materials from individuals and organizations provide essential support. There are too many other people and organizations to mention but we appreciate and are grateful for all of them.
The Egan Warming Center is able to operate thanks to the efforts of so many amazing people. Thank you so much. It is an honor to work with you all.
Shelley Corteville Director, Egan Warming Center