Archive for November, 2011

Vagabond Mail Service Finder and Helps with ID Problems

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Free Services and additional services are:

  1. of course, 2 stamps and 2 envelops every week at the local jail house, if housed.
  2. Saint Vinnies’ (Service Station) at 450B Hwy. 99 N, Eugene, OR 97402
  3. Some churches have mail service for temp usage. Check out your local kind.
  4. Use the services at White Bird Clinic at 341 E 12th Ave Eugene, OR 97401. They have a call in to check service too, for messages and mail or packages.
  5. Senior Disabled Services, for special purposes, can also help with getting ID for seniors and disabled at 1015 Willamette St., Eugene, OR.
  6. Oregon DHS have services available, but you have to be in programs or receiving Oregon food coupons. Located on West 11th and at  Garfield St. where West 11th becomes a 2-way again.

There are more. Look and if you find more, please let us know so we can keep the info up to date. Hard work.

By J-Me


Monday, November 21st, 2011

Reality is:

When water comes out of the faucet, lights come on bright & don’t go out, you don’t have to use your flashlight to c what you are doing.

Wow – how much this all sounds like most of u but us out here well that’s another story. We out here don’t know what it’s like to have running water, electricity & believe me us that have lived here on these streets really do appreciate the luxuries of real home living.

Go from sleeping bag & backpacks to queen size bed, sheets & blankets & all the finer things in life it’s all called –



By Poison

Picture the Worth of a Soul

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

When people, in general of course, think of a typical homeless person, they get a picture in their head of a dirty addict that don’t take showers and don’t care how they appear or act. At the time I became homeless I left with only the clothes on me. I wasn’t sure where to go or what to do. Being scared I didn’t want to think, because I too at one point had the stereotype image in my head. Once I found the things I needed around me to be okay, I became less and less afraid. I also learned that there are several images of a homeless person. There are the people with real addiction problems that don’t remember to shower. There are those too with addiction issues that do shower and go to clothes closets and do their laundry. There are ones that are able to get into a shelter and able to get help, but still don’t take care of themselves. There are families living out of the car, because their father’s job moved across the seas. They’re the people who are unable to get the medical and mental help they need, but have no insurance. Point is they are human, worth no more nor any less than anyone else. No one asks to be homeless and in one day anyone can be.

By Dawn McLaren


The Oregon Vagabond November 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 11

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Wow! The past three months has flown by with so much going on and a number of changes with staff and newspaper content. We’re playing catch up during the month of November on the website and Facebook. Thanks for your patience waiting for my “Friend Request” acceptance. It’s fantastic how many people are discovering The Oregon Vagabond street newspaper! Your support is very much needed and appreciated! Be sure to LIKE our Oregon Vagabond page on Facebook and check out our Contributors Club too!

James, our U of O intern, has returned to focusing on his studies. Lee, our advertising rep and community outreach coordinator, relocated with her husband out of state. This past October, I attended the North American Street Newspaper Association convention at the First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN. Very exciting. I will be sharing more about that in the weeks ahead.

Welcome and thank you to our newest advertisers, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Eagan Warming Center (administered by St. Vincent de Paul)!

Finding Camp by D.W.

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Being able to find a place to camp around Eugene without being ticketed is impossible. Me and my husband found a place and haven’t been bothered yet. Its not as bad as it seems. We have been at our spot for about 2 weeks. I believe it is to live or to be hunted give or take it how you want it. Working for the Vagabond has made it easier for me to eat, sleep and work by knowing that when I wake up I have something to me me out of trouble by working for  the Vagabond. I leave my camp at 11:00 in the morning and sell papers till 6:00 and design t-shirts for the basketball jerseys, which will be for sell at our booth throughout the week.

I heard this morning from a fellow homeless person that in the parks and open spaces, people are out hunting for homeless people camping. I’m sorry, illegal campers. I see everyday the bicycle cops handing out tickets to homeless people. Some of the tickets, like drinking in the park, are definitely worth writing. I mean, as far as having a balanced out society, sober vs. drunk. But to see these cops writing out trespassing tickets for people sitting on a concrete curb between dinner and the liquor store? Come on people. Is it really necessary? To watch 5 bicycle cops and the paddy wagon pull into the park that sits right across from the court house and tell the homeless kids that they can either leave now or go to jail. Not only is that blatantly outright bullying, but is is unconstitutional. To harass people with backpacks is unconstitutional.

The Oregon Vagabond October 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 10

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Check out our new feature “Vendor Spotlight” – familiar faces of some of our vendors selling newspapers, for a $1 or more donation, on the streets of Eugene. Welcome and thank you to our newest advertiser Lord Leebrick Theater!