BEND, OR -- Shepherd’s House Ministries is temporarily moving its low-barrier shelter to a space on Franklin Avenue in Bend, just in time to host Thanksgiving dinner next Wednesday.
“It's actually the old blue dog RV facility. We are, as we speak, moving into this facility to be able to provide day services for the Lighthouse Navigation center,” Navigation Services Director Evan Hendrix tells KBND News the move is to accommodate renovations underway soon at the Second Street location. Shepherds House is asking for food donations for their holiday meal. “I would encourage anyone interested in donating food to stop by our Men's Center on 1854 Northeast Division,” Hendrix says it’s a special time, “Thanksgiving is really just an opportunity to kind of pause our day-to-day activities and create something really special and significant and invite a lot of people in to partner and to share in that experience.”
Warm clothing and gear donations are also accepted. “Specifically warm coats that provide a layer of weather proofing insulation doesn't have to be waterproof, but at least if it's weather resistant, that helps the jackets and the layers that are underneath last a little bit longer in this kind of weather,” says Hendrix. Clothing donations can be taken to the Men’s Center on Division Street, the new Lighthouse location on Franklin Avenue beginning November 20th, or the new Redmond Center on South Highway 97 which opens for the first time Wednesday the 15th.