Eugene CW Community – Work in Progress

Jan. 1, 2018

IMG_0502 Spring was in full bloom in the Willamette Valley.  New life was bursting out.  All seemed good.  By the grace of God, we have endured and continue to grow.  We are now in our second year of operation.  This page is a minimal discussion of the services we attempt to provide.

Our major work continues to be providing breakfast Wednesday through Saturday for between 100 and 180 people.  This number goes down during the winter.  Breakfast consists of an egg dish, oatmeal, coffee, and protein bars which people can use during the day.  The bulk of our food is provided by Food for Lane County food bank.

We have added a sandwich service courtesy of Franciscan volunteers.  This provides nourishment over the weekends for the poor, homeless, and marginalized elements of our community.

 

In March of 2016 we began to work on a new Poverello house.  We were forced to move due to code restrictions.  The new location needs a lot of work to serve our needs.  Our volunteers and guests provide labor as we continue our rebuilding projects.  The landowner has been willing do donate most of the major materials required.  We find that this gives our guests pride of work and helps to build community.  When work is complete, we expect to have a maximum twenty person occupancy in the three story house.

We are now in the process of purchasing a new facility.  The description will be included in a future update.

The community of Eugene and  other communities are locked up in a  on going struggle regarding what has been described as the criminalization of the poor and homeless.  Our poorer brother and sisters seem to be opposed by the authorities and many in the general population.    According to the 2013 United Way Alice Report approximate 44% of the population in the city of Eugene  are only a small crisis away from the same circumstance.

Eugene, while claiming to be a human rights city, falls short and has actually has done very little, other than having meetings, in support of less fortunate brothers and sisters.  The area’s non profits and church based organizations lead the way in helping this population that often is neglected and abused.  We have to develop “A Can Do Idealism” and bring about changes that permit those at the bottom of the economic pyramid exist in the dignity human beings deserve.

The bible states we will always have the poor and we will be judge on how we treat them (Matt 25:35-46).  The Eugene Catholic Workers (as well as the other over 200 houses across the country) are dedicated to serving our brother and sisters in need with compassion, understanding and mercy at our expense not the taxpayers.  Peter Maurin described this effort as building a new society in the shell of the old.

We are forever indebted to our volunteers, donors, patrons and participants as well as Food for Lane County, Food Love, Catholic Community Services and the faith based community for all you have done and the prayers you have offered on our behalf.

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