Veterans Day is always special, but this Veterans Day of 2012 holds a special significance for the homeless in Corvallis. There will be a place for the homeless in Corvallis to find a sanctuary from the cold this winter. The Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition opened a new men's homeless shelter today, November 11, 2012. The new cold weather men's shelter is located at 530 SW Fourth Street in downtown Corvallis.
This shelter will be open each day from 7pm to 7am beginning today and will remain open daily until March 31, 2013. The shelter can provide beds for up to 40 men. This is quite an achievement considering the fact that just a few weeks ago there was no location for a shelter and it did not look very promising that there would in fact be a homeless shelter this winter 2012-2013. Only through the efforts of the Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition did this new facility become possible. Many people deserve a thank you including Gina Vee, Executive Director of the Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition, and volunteers like Aleita Hass-Holcombe, Board Chair.
Currently there are eighteen organizations that help provide volunteers to staff the shelter. Volunteers contribute at least 140 hours each week. The cost is not cheap. Just more than $49,000 dollars will be required to make this shelter possible this winter. The Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition still needs more than $12,000 in funding to make expenses this year.
The Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition is a 501(C)3 organization. The Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition had its beginnings in 2006. This is the sixth year of providing shelter to the homeless and the first year in this new location. Volunteers are at the core of the services provided at the men's cold weather shelter.
Attendees at todays open house included long time Corvallis volunteer Barbara Ross and her husband Joe, Bart Bolger, and Kiwanis members Bob Stebbins and Ray Shimabuku.
If you would like to volunteer contact Aleita Has-Holcombe, Board Chair 541-754-0445.