I know the staff at Community Supported Shelters (CSS) and am awed by their dedication to direct service for the homeless. Many homeless campers in Eugene have not showered for a month or longer. CSS is establishing a much-needed shower service on West 11th Avenue between Chambers and Garfield, in partnership with University Fellowship Church.
Do you know the smell and feel of a clean, warm towel? Would you love to be on a team once a month or once a week to wash, dry and fold towels? There is a large capacity washer and dryer at CSS offices nearby, where you would be welcome to hang out in a small kitchen and access wi-fi, or if you would be more comfortable going to the laundromat, CSS will reimburse expenses.
Alternatively, a big hit for people coming to take a shower is to have a new pair of socks and underwear to change into afterwards. If you are inspired to donate those items, all shapes and sizes (new) are welcome. Wool socks are the most helpful since they wick away moisture.
Please, please send me an email to plug into this great opportunity to experience many team-mates making a big difference!
With the help of incredible volunteers, the work of Community Supported Shelters is made possible. Some people help build huts or tent platforms, some help with fundraising events, others help with office work or in our garden. Maybe you have some way that you think might be helpful to give your own time?
Guess what happens very soon after this. Mirror neurons can change blood chemistry and decisions to act. The most likely person to commit an additional act of kindness is the person on the left who witnesses another act of kindness.
“It is better to have a close neighbor than a distant brother”