BEND, OR -- The Bethlehem Inn hosts a new series of talks, starting Friday, to provide education and information to the community about the local homeless crisis. Courtney Gallant, with the shelter, says many Central Oregonians experience homelessness and crisis, and it's made worse during cold weather.
She tells KBND News, "With everything that we have going on with our capital campaign and construction of our new facility, and then, just the need that's been expressed in the community, we wanted to open up an opportunity for our neighbors to get more informed about the work that we are doing." She adds, "We have such a generous and supportive community already, and Bethlehem Inn receives so much support from Central Oregon residents that we'd like to engage more and be able to offer a fun and interesting lunchtime event so they know more about the issues of homelessness in Central Oregon and what Bethlehem Inn, and what they can do to help." In 2017, the Bethlehem Inn provided shelter, food and support to over 1,100 adults and children, and served 81,000 meals to people in crisis.
Gallant says lunch isn't provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own. Friday's free event takes place at the downtown Bend branch of the Deschutes Public Library, in the Brooks Room, from noon until 1 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. Click HERE
to learn more. Lunchbox Talks are expected to take place each quarter.