BEND, OR -- The Shepherds House is nearly finished with a major remodel. Georgiann Watson, with the northeast Bend homeless shelter, says a $32,300 grant awarded in May by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund helped pay for the dorm upgrade. "We have 30 men in the program, plus people that come in that are considered an emergency. And, it’s going to give them a fresh, clean place to live and an environment that has changed from the old carpeting and wooden beds to something that’s fresh and clean. We put new paint, new flooring, new mattresses are coming in with them."
She tells KBND News recent duct cleaning will provide a healthier environment for the men, "We have put new paint on the walls; they tore out the old carpeting, and there’s a new floor beautiful floor in there that’s amazing. New lighting is going in, additional electrical for the guys to have, personally; the new bunks, new mattresses, new bedding to go with that." She adds, the new metal bunk beds are less prone to bugs. Men have been sleeping on the floor in other parts of the shelter until work is complete. Watson expects they’ll be able to move in by the end of next week, with the final work wrapping up by the end of the month.
The Shepherds House has also issued an urgent plea for extra large men’s clothing and toiletry items, due to fewer donations, this summer.