Posts Tagged ‘resources’

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)!

Life Bein’ A Homeless in Eugene, OR

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

When we first arrived in Eugene we was only going to stay for about a week, then we was headed back to California to settle down. It has been two months now and we are still here in Eugene.

I thought being homeless here would be like it was everywhere else “hard and uneasy.” But it’s not like I expected, it’s better. There are so many opportunities and resources for us homeless it’s incredible. Here in Eugene they have feeds downtown Monday thru Thursday at a diner that serves three sides, which is actually very good food and the people who volunteer are really nice people who take four hours out of their own day four days a week just for us homeless. That should only show that not all people think only of themselves but of others too!

On Saturday at twelve a group of people get together at Washington Jefferson to feed not only homeless but everyone. On Friday the church feeds, so unlike bein’ in California with very little ways to keep from bein’ hungry, Eugene has the best sources for homeless that keeps us striving for another day. Most everyone thinks bein’ homeless means that you’re a dirty and unhealthy bum, but that would be the largest judgment on homeless anyone could ever make. Us homeless in Eugene have almost more resources to keep our hygiene to its max. For example, homeless have the Mission who not only lets us shower but also lets you get clothing and tennis shoes almost when needed. We have the Service Station, which feeds you and also lets you shower, and on top of that, they have washers and dryers, which to me as a homeless is very thankful for the opportunity to be able to experience bein’ homeless in Eugene.

People ask why I chose to settle down in Eugene and I tell them that, because of all the resources, Eugene has inspired me to not just want to better myself but Eugene makes me feel like I have to. That if I can do it anyone can and that is what I feel I should do for myself as a homeless. I want the people who does for the homeless to be able to see me one day soon and be able to say I knew you could do it, all you need was opportunity and encouragement from others. That what I hope for myself is to achieve what I’ve been striving for 27 years of my life, freedom from being under judgment.

By Michelle Gunn