PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville’s new emergency shelter is finally open. Regeneration House is managed by Redemption Ministries. It was supposed to open several months ago, but Executive Director Greg Sanders says there were delays after last fall's ribbon cutting celebration, "Part of the issue at that point was getting all of the finished permits completed before we were able to get moved in. The thing that took the longest was getting power hooked up to the building itself. Once we were able to get that accomplished, we were ready to go."
The previous men’s shelter was torn down to make room for the Crook County Jail; Sanders says they served 47 people, last year, before it closed. Regeneration House hosted its first 10 residents Thursday night. "We expect them to come in in a way that they’re able to receive our services – which means not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and not to bring anything like that into the shelter itself," Sanders tells KBND News. "When they come in, they get a meal for the evening, they get showers, can do laundry, they get a bed for the evening. And then also, they get breakfast and then they have to leave in the morning." He says they can currently house 13 men, but there are plans to soon bring in more beds, which will raise the capacity to 16.
Sanders says the new facility wouldn’t have been possible without a generous donation. "There was a lady who left a beneficiary gift when she passed on. Through her generous gift, that’s why we were able to purchase the land and get the building and get this up and going. We’re just thankful for her and then all our volunteers – there are a lot of people who really kind of gave their heart." Redemption Ministries also manages a 22-bed shelter for women and children in Crook County.