An unidentified local family and Deschutes county government each have had a part in easing the problems of Deschutes County’s hungry and homeless neighbors. All involved deserve the community’s thanks.
The search for a warming shelter — a place where the homeless can come in from the cold at night — began more than a month ago, and for a time those involved in the search must have felt there was no hope.
That ended recently when the Deschutes County Commission and Sheriff Shane Nelson agreed to allow the Homeless Leadership Coalition to use a chunk of the sheriff’s office Work Center through this winter. There’s space at the center for 48 individuals, about half the beds the coalition had hoped to find room for. It plans to continue the search and to continue looking for a permanent site for a warming shelter.
There’s more good news.
After learning that scheduling problems would prevent local Albertsons stores from delivering turkeys in time for Thanksgiving, an anonymous family stepped up to fill in.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous family, the Giving Plate, a local food bank that serves Bend, Sisters, La Pine, Tumalo, Sunriver and Prineville and is open Thursday through Saturday, received 300 turkeys just in time to hand them out this week. The birds were accompanied by gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, dramatically reducing any shopping a family will have to do to put a full holiday meal on the table.
This time of year it’s especially difficult, even dangerous, to live without a roof over one’s head. It’s also particularly difficult to be short of money at Thanksgiving, which focuses so much on food. Thanks to Deschutes County officials and an anonymous family, help for some of those who need it most has arrived at just the right time.