BEND, OR -- A Bend homeless shelter is getting a financial boost, this summer. The Collins Foundation is offering to match all donations to the Bethlehem Inn, up to $10,000 through August 15.
Gwenn Wysling, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Inn, says even with the improved local economy, their needs are growing. “There are many folks that are still struggling with jobs that don’t pay enough to live in this difficult housing climate where we have less than 1% vacancy rate.” She tells KBND News, “You all of the sudden see your rent go up, or your place is sold and you have very little options out there. So we continue to see very high numbers.”
The Collins foundation
is a private organization that seeks to improve the quality of life throughout Oregon. They will match new donations to the Bethlehem Inn, and those made by previous donors that are over and above past giving.