We serve people where they are. One of our core values is that homeless folks are deserving of human dignity and true justice. We all need understanding, acceptance and love. We offer vital hope to those in despair, practical assistance for those in need, and assurance that past failure need not define one’s future.
We are committed to serving folks freely without any requirements or expectations. Our desire is to build trusting relationships. We do this:
Weekly: Serving coffee, food and offering support on the street, in parks, and at meal sites (Sunday at the Lamb cottage and Thursday with Street Ministry).
Monthly: Volunteer Support at the Food for Lane County Dining Room and Chapel Service the third Friday at the Eugene Mission. “Free Food and Music” summer events in the Washington-Jefferson Park, where we have a
bar-b-que, live music, clothing giveaway, haircuts, and kids activities. We put on a few of these events during the winter at the WOW Hall in downtown Eugene.
Annually: We participate in “Project Homeless Connect”, an inter-agency event to bring services and resources to the homeless community.
We also join in the “Homeless Count” in our County for purposes of reporting to Federal Agencies.
Each December 21 we have a memorial for all the homeless who have died the previous year. This is in conjunction with the National Homeless Coalition to remember the lives of the homeless in cities across the United States. Memorial services for our homeless friends who have passed away are conducted as needed.
Egan Memorial Warming Center Coalition brings together folks from many agencies to provide emergency cold weather shelter. We’re involved in helping to plan and operate this program.
Free People is committed to networking with other community organizations.
We network with faith communities:
We network with agencies: