SISTERS, OR -- A new homeless shelter is expected to open Sunday in Sisters. It's a community that lacked a place for those living outside in the winter. Earlier this month, a man living in his car in Sisters died of exposure. But, Pastor Ron Gregg, with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church says members of the faith community began meeting in October to address the issue.
He tells KBND News, "We advertised for a volunteer night and we had over 60 people show up and receive training and a lot of them have volunteered to spend the night. They've all had to have background checks and training, and there has to be at least two people there at all times." He adds, "The neatest thing in my mind, is the way the community has come together - not just church people. I don't want to put a percentage on it, but the majority are probably not church people; it's the whole community that's come together. The churches are the facilities that are going to be used, but the volunteer-base is a broad group that I think is pretty cool."
Pastor Gregg says the location will rotate. "On January first, at the Westside Church in Sisters, their facility will be open the entire month of January. Another church in February, Sisters Community Church will be hosting it. Hopefully, we'll have a place in March. But, it will be [open] from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m."