BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Veterans Outreach has a new way to provide services to the homeless and others in need. COVO Outreach Manager Tory Flory says the new 14-foot cargo trailer is essentially a smaller, mobile version of their Bend outreach center, allowing them to help veterans and non-vets. "We have pretty much all of the same items in there, that we would have for someone who would walk into our offices. Everything from food to clothing and blankets and the sustenance items to keep people warm and dry and alive when they’re living outside."
Flory tells KBND News, "We spend three days in the field, currently, with the trailer; two of those are in Bend. On Tuesdays, we’re operating on the north and east side in Bend; on Thursdays, we’re in Bend on the south and west side. Then, Wednesdays, we spend in the outlying communities – Redmond, Madras, Prineville, La Pine and Sisters." It will be parked at the Sheriff’s substation in Sisters from 10 until noon, Wednesday (July 27). Click HERE for a schedule.
"Folks who are living outside, one of the biggest things that they run into is not being able to get to resources," says Flory. "So, for us to be able to meet them halfway is a big, big thing."
The mobile unit was purchased with money donated by Pacific-Source.
Click HERE to listen to our full conversation with Tory Flory and COVO Executive Director JW Terry, or visit our Podcast Page.