Homesless Shelter for Veterans and Their Pets Opens Today
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Do Good Veterans Shelter will be the only low-barrier Bet-exclusive shelter for men in the City of Portland. It will also be one of the few shelters in the city to allow and care for companion animals. The shelter is free of charge and is available to all male-identifying veterans, regardless of discharge type.
The nighttime shelter will be located inside the chapel of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, which will provide counter support along with other faith communities, student groups and community organizations.
“Portland is going to move the needle on homelessness through partnerships like this,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Providing shelter for Veterans and their companion animals provides compassionate transitional shelter as we work to get all of our homeless Veterans into housing. Thank you Do Good Multnomah, First Congregational, and US Bank for partnering with government to benefit some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Staff will help veterans navigate through the available housing and employment resources offered by other service providers throughout the state and the country.
“This kind of shelter depends on the support and good will of many people,” said UCC Senior Minister, Michael Ellick. “Each of us has different gifts to bring to the table. We are honored to work with Do Good Multnomah and to open our building to our neighbors who sleep outside.”
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