Food, clothing, and personal hygiene items needed

The Family Winter Shelter is a seasonal 80-bed homeless family shelter that operates Nov. 1 through April 30, 2013 in Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. The shelter is open every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., providing safe shelter to homeless families with children.

Human Solutions opens its Family Winter Shelter on Nov. 1, and is asking the community for donations in anticipation of serving a large number of homeless families the very first night. A record number of homeless families have called Human Solutions seeking shelter this fall, and the coldest months of the year are still weeks away.

The Family Winter Shelter is a seasonal 80-bed homeless family shelter that operates Nov. 1 through April 30, 2013 in Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St. The shelter is open every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., providing safe shelter to homeless families with children.

Human Solutions provides emergency shelter and other services to low-income and homeless families.

Immediate needs include blankets and unused pillows, winter coats, pajamas for children of all ages, new socks and underwear, office supplies, hygiene products including toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and diaper wipes, and disposable plates, bowls, cups and utensils.

Food donations are also needed, including instant and canned soups, microwave dinners, frozen pizzas, powdered baby formula, breakfast bars, fruits and vegetables, and cold cuts and bread for sandwiches. Gift cards to purchase food are needed as well.

Donations are currently being accepted at Human Solutions’ Daybreak Shelter, which is located directly behind Peace Church of the Brethren, 12727 S.E. Market St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Starting Nov. 1, donations will also be accepted at the Family Winter Shelter itself, located at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St., from 7 to 9 p.m. seven nights a week.

While the family shelter has many needs, it has limited storage space, so people are asked to only donate items listed here or on the Human Solutions website.

The Family Winter Shelter is a seasonal 80-bed homeless family shelter that will operate Nov. 1 through April 30, 2013.

The shelter is open every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., providing safe shelter to homeless families with children. During the day, families staying at the Family Winter Shelter have access to housing placement and other services designed to end their homelessness as quickly as possible.

Groups or individuals may prepare and serve a nightly meal at the shelter, or volunteer to assist families staying at the shelter in various ways. Human Solutions relies on the community to help provide evening meals and breakfast for the families.

To find out more about donating or volunteering, contact Amie Diffenauer at 503-841-1728 or adiffenauer@humansolutions.org.



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