The Eugene Mission - Eugene, OR

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Eugene, OR 97402
: 541-344-3251

The Eugene Mission - Eugene, OR

The Eugene Mission is a homeless shelter with programs for men, women, and mothers and children.

The Eugene Mission is sober 'wellness shelter' for the homeless.  All services at the Eugene Mission – food, shelter, clothing, toiletries, showers, and social service case management – are offered free of charge.  Each guest is asked to perform a one-hour daily household chore to contribute to the community living environment.  A one-year, faith-based residential relapse prevention/recovery Life Change program is also offered free of charge for those who are interested.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Eugene Mission – A Wellness Center for the Homeless Welcome to Eugene’s Mission! We are not a homeless shelter in the traditional sense. While we certainly provide the homeless with food and shelter – and do so with an abundance of God’s love – the Eugene Mission’s ultimate goal is to provide holistic long-term solutions that lead to the wellness of its guests. We are positive but assertive with our guests, asking as much of them as they do of us. We arm them with the skills they need to move forward, while inspiring and motivating them to do so.

Who stays at the Mission? Primarily people who are homeless, whether temporarily or chronically. Guests come to us for a variety of reasons, including job loss and unemployment, eviction, mental illness, physical difficulties, domestic violence, prison release, and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Whatever the reason, we welcome our guests with open arms, eager to provide practical and loving services, hope, and a fresh start. We first offer hope by meeting of our guests’ immediate practical needs. Once stabilized, the real work begins – the work of transitioning our guests out of homelessness back to productive members of society!

The ways of wellness: -Serving thousands of men, women and children each year -Safe and sober environment -700+ nutritious meals served per day/250,000 meals served per year -350-400 beds occupied each night/140,000 beds per year -Free clothing, toiletries, laundry, showers, household goods, furnishings -Assertive Social Services Case Management/Counseling -Life Change Relapse Prevention/Recovery Program Offered Free of Charge -Sustainable grounds – chickens, eggs, bees, gardens -The “Good News” of Jesus Christ shared in word and action -Faith, Hope and Love abound!

Donation Requests by The Eugene Mission: When our guests arrive at the Mission, many of them come hungry and tired, with merely the clothes on their backs. Your gifts of food, clothing, bedding, and other practical items demonstrate God’s love by meeting our guests’ most basic of needs. When our guests leave the Mission, we send them off with house wares and furnishings for their new home. Thank you for your kindness in blessing our guests! How can you help? The following items are always in need for the guests as they stay with us and as they eventually transition into their own housing. Coffee, milk, eggs! Always! Fresh produce, canned goods, meats, and fresh prepared foods left over from large events or catered affairs New underwear and socks for men, women and children New or gently used clothing, shoes, and coats for men, women and children Twin quilts, sheets, pillow cases Household goods such dishes, silverware, bedding, and working small appliances such as toasters, mixers, etc. Larger appliances (washers, dryers, stoves) in working condition Furniture in good condition Please bring to our offices at 1542 West 1st Avenue
 Eugene, OR, 97402 There are donation bins located by the main office. The kitchen entry is located to the southwest of the donation bins. If you have any questions, please call 541-344-3251.

Shelter Information Last Update Date: 2015-04-28

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    2016-03-23 16:56:22
    I have a comment I've been to this shelter in the past 12 months. I was helped right away. The staff was unfriendly.I was given a place to sleep. I did not feel safe. My experience was terrible. Worst of my life. Where do I start. Most of the info in this article is outdated. They do not accept $2 to stay, theres no free days at all. The staff are polite at the begining, but if you have a problem or any questions about the way they do things, the main response you will get is, "if you dont like it go somewhere else, knowing there is nowhere else. The place is a germ fest, mold in their restrooms, lots, people coughing without covering their mouths, the staff say nothing. Kitchen workers that dont even know the meaning of cross contamination. And thats just a small sample of the health related problems you will encounter here. They will deny you entry if you fail their drug test 2 times, and this includes LEGAL drugs, being under the influence or bringing on the property I can understand, but to deny entry to the only shelter in the valley because you smoked some pot a month ago is just down right wrong, but i guess they want to keep the number of people that stay there at a certain number, and thats a good way to have an excuse to get rid of someone. They continually lay grievous burdens on people already down, like telling a 60 year old man that has'nt had a job in 20 years to go out and get a job or else he will be "disallowed". Thats their sugar coated word for throwing someone to the wolves, When they do disallow someone, they dont even so much as give them a piece of paper with the other options of where to go, I have seen many people ask them after being disallowed, with fear and trepidation in their eyes, "where can i go, what do i do now", same answer every time from the staff, "I don't know". They've only been doing it for 30 years how would they know where you should go. What they really should say to reflect their actual attitude is "I don't care". The mission never was a great place to go for help, but when you have a monopoly on something, anything, you can say and do what you want, like "go somewhere else". Sound familiar. Its one of the reasons monopolies are illegal in this country. The reason i am remaining anonymous is because if they found out who i am they would give me a lifetime disallow. If you plan on going to the mission, assuming they had room, they say they only have 200 and something beds, which is true only because thats all they want to have, know that they will try to take over your life and make you do what they want you to do if you dont get out right away. They have unqualified case managers, some used to stay at the mission, now they are otu they are experts on how to not be homeless, god forbid you ask them what makes them qualified to be a "case manager". I did, and the guy got upset and said our session was over. Bottom line, if you want to be exploited so someone can make money of you being there, and get thrown out first time you dont dot the I or cross the t, by all means go there, but be warned. By the way I worked for them a few years ago and the people that have been there on the staff for 20+ years treated me as if I had never left 8 years ago. I could write a book about that place. They also have made some under the table deal with the city and or county, and they are taking people from the court system as part of their release criteria, some kind of scared straight type of thing, they deny it, but i spoke to many people who said the courts or their probation officer sent them to the mission for a time period, even though they had a home to go to. I asked the "case manager" about this and he said they do not and give me some names. So now i'm supposed to be an informant on some of the people here from the courts, no thanks. The deceptions are well practiced and run deep in this place. They even disallowed the guy who started the mission back in the 50's for complaining about the way their running it into the ground now, seriously? His name is Ernie Unger, check it out. Almost all of this would be denied by the mission so dont bother asking, just go there and see for yourself, but not as a concerned citizen or you will get the sugar coated treatment they reserve for potential donors. They have been losing money ever since the guy they pay 93K a year took over. When Ernie Unger left making 60 something a year they were turning a profit. I would praise the lord to for 93k a year,but then i'd praise the lord for free. If you have somewhere else to go, I would go there
    sandra hill
    2015-02-09 11:18:00
    I have stayed at this mission and was helped the staff are awsom people they saved my life.I don,t them except for my short stay there,but i love those people.

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