St. Vinnie’s urgently needs warm clothing, sleeping bags

by Paul Neville, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.

The Eugene Service Station, the social services hub on Highway 99N for homeless men and women in the Eugene-Springfield area has temporarily closed because of a power outage. Until it reopens, St. Vinnie’s retail thrift stores throughout the region are issuing vouchers for clothing and other items to homeless individuals.

Because of the anticipated high demand for those items, the Eugene-based nonprofit is asking people to donate warm clothing – hats, coats, shirts, pants, socks, underwear – and sleeping bags and blankets. Donations will be accepted at any St. Vinnie’s drop site, and the agency asks that, if possible and weather and road conditions permitting, people deliver items to SVDP’s Seneca store at 705 S. Seneca.

St. Vincent de Paul also administers the First Place Family Center, Egan Warming Centers and the Overnight Parking Program, and provides warm clothing and other items to homeless people using those programs.

The following Egan Warming Centers are confirmed for activation on Thursday, December 15th and remain on standby through the 18th. All trained volunteers sign up at is extremely important that we get these spots filled up in order to have appropriate coverage.

  • First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St., Eugene opens at 9pm (PETS ALLOWED)
  • Central Lutheran Church 18th and Potter, Eugene opens at 7pm (PETS ALLOWED)
  • Youth Site: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene opens at 7pm (PETS ALLOWED)
  • South Hills: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 39th and Hillyard opens at 6:30pm (NO PETS)
  • Valley Covenant Church, 18th and Bailey Hill, Eugene opens at 7pm (NO PETS)
  • St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 4110 River Rd., Santa Clara opens at 7pm (PETS ALLOWED)
  • Springfield Team: Springfield 7th Day Adventist, 12th and Olympic, Springfield opens at 6:30pm (PETS ALLOWED)
  • Lane Community College, Main Campus Building 4 Room 104, Eugene opens at 7pm (NO PETS)