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Dawn To Dawn Opens Pallet Shelters For PeaceHealth Patients

St. Vincent de Paul

Newly-discharged PeaceHealth patients who are homeless now have an option for safe shelter. 

Through a partnership between St. Vincent de Paul and Peacehealth, five Pallet shelters have been specifically set up at the Dawn to Dawn site off of Highway 99 North.  The small structures were built with a $74,000 grant from the health organization.  The purchase of the shelters themselves were paid for by Lane County through the federal CARES Act and made available (through a no-cost lease) to St. Vincents and other agencies that serve the unhoused population.

Credit St. Vincent de Paul
The interior of each 64-square-foot shelter includes lighting and heating, shelving and storage space beneath the bed.

Terry McDonald is executive director of St. Vinny’s. He says PeaceHealth recognized the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on shelter capacity, which led to this collaboration.

“The intent was to try and be as compassionate as possible to help people that are in recovery from a hospitalization, to be able to recover in a place that is secure, safe, but still provides the necessary services to support them.”

The shelters were among 25 installed in December at the Dawn to Dawn site.  Availability is based on a referral system through PeaceHealth.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.