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    SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017
Shelter
from 1A
“The long-range fore-
cast through the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration says this win-
ter is predicted to be an aver-
age winter,” Wood said. “We
don’t really have an idea what
that means.”
If given the chance, Wood
would want the shelter to be
open any time it’s under 40
degrees, but the programs
lack resources to handle that
at this time. To expand to that
temperature, a new structure
would have to be found,
along with funding and more
support from local volun-
teers.
Currently, the “shelter” is
actually housed in the
Presbyterian Church of the
Siuslaw, located at 3996
Highway 101. Backup loca-
tions include the New Life
Lutheran Church and the
United Methodist Church.
Wood explained the opera-
tion:
“We generally open our
doors at 5 p.m. and we have
registration,” he said. “We
check some of the luggage
people have, and then we
have coffee and some snacks
for people to eat. We serve
dinner at 6 p.m.”
For sleeping, the shelter
offers blow-up mattresses,
along with clean sheets, blan-
kets and pillows.
“And we have, through
many generous donations,
enough blankets that if some-
body wants to sleep under 10
blankets, we can arrange
that,” Wood said.
In the morning, breakfast is
served and the guests help
clean up the area. Mattresses
are stored, and if another cold
night is expected, names are
placed on the bedding so they
may be reused a second night.
The shelter serves a wide
variety of guests. Some are
travelers coming up Highway
101, while many more live in
the area.
“We do have a resident
homeless population here in
Florence,” Wood said. “Folks
who are living in tents or peo-
ple in garages. I think we may
have had someone living on a
boat, along with many car
campers. We also had folks
that were living in trailers
that weren’t well insulated
and they will just come in and
spend the night with us
because it’s warm. We also
had a number of families that
came and stayed with us
overnight. That’s sort of the
broad strokes we served last
year.”
But not all guests come to
stay the night. Many come for
the hot meal and to warm up,
after which they go back to
whatever their living situa-
tion is.
When the shelter does
open, white flags with an out-
line of a building and people
sleeping under it are placed in
the library and on Highway
101. Email blasts are sent out,
and notifications are given to
organizations like SOS,
KEEP CHRIST IN
CHRISTMAS
Helping Hands and govern-
mental institutions like the
Florence Police Department
and Lane County Sheriff’s
Office.
“And at 5 p.m., we have
someone who can go and pick
up people and bring them to
our site,” Wood said.
The price to run the shelter
for one night is approximate-
ly $360, which stretched the
budget last year when the
shelter was open for 22
nights, with costs reaching
close to $8,000. Expenses
include paying two people to
stay overnight with the
guests, as well as food and
drinks.
The community has been
very supportive in donating
time and funds to the project,
Wood explained.
“We would get small dona-
tions of $10 to $100 almost
each night that we were
open,” he said. “That’s hon-
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estly how we have kept in
business, through the small
donations. The community
has been so supportive with
donations and with food, hats,
gloves and socks. Several
times last year we noticed
that some of our guests need-
ed socks, so we put out a call
on Facebook and 50 pairs of
socks show up. People in
Florence are so generous and
caring.”
The donations are impor-
tant, Wood believes, because
the shelter is the right thing to
do.
“I think it’s important
because we’ve had some pret-
ty brutal nights,” he said. “We
wish we could do more, but
it’s something that needs to
be done.
“Nobody needs to freeze to
death.”
For more information, or to
volunteer or donate, call 541-
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Breakfast Fundraiser for Siuslaw and
Mapleton school projects
9 a.m.
$5 donation requested
Florence Masonic Lodge
84910 Highway 101
Gingerbread Houses at Siuslaw
Public Library
10 a.m. to noon
Open to families with kids
Siuslaw Public Library
Ada Grange Annual Community
Christmas Party
1 to 3 p.m.
Open to public
Ada Grange
10 miles out Canary Road
Peace Health Light Up a Life
2 p.m.
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Florence Events Center
541-997-3418
Heceta Lightstation’s 22nd Annual
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4 to 7 p.m.
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Ballet Fantastique’s “American
Christmas Carol”
7 p.m.
Tickets required
Florence Events Center
Community Chorus of Florence
presents “Christmas Classics”
7 p.m.
Open to public — donations welcome
Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw
Neal Grandstaff & Easy Money play
7 to 11 p.m.
No cover
Blue Bills Sports Bar & Tap Room
Three Rivers Casino Resort
Dec. 10
Mapleton Lions breakfast
7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage,
ham and eggs.
Cost is $7 for adults or $3 for children
ages 12 and under.
Mapleton Lions Club
Community Chorus of Florence
presents “Christmas Classics”
2 p.m.
Open to public — donations welcome
Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw
House Concert Series: John Paris
3 p.m.
$15
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Victorian Christmas Open House
4 to 7 p.m.
Open to public — $5 day-use fee
required for parking
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Dec. 11
Lane County Blood Bank Drive
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open to public
Florence Events Center
541-484-9112 or lanebloodcenter.org/
SAPPSA Meeting
3:30 p.m.
Open to public
Siuslaw Public Library
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SHS Band and Choir concert
7 p.m.
Open to the public
Florence Events Center
Dec. 12
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Prostate Cancer Support Group with
Urologist Bryan Mehlhaff
5 to 7 p.m.
Open to public
Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw
541-999-4239
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of
Guadalupe
5:30 p.m.
Mass and refreshments
St Mary, Our Lady of the Dunes
Catholic Church
85060 Highway 101
541-997-2312
Dec. 13
Shoreline Christian School presents
“A Gift for Jesus”
5 p.m.
Dinner and show
4445 Highway 101
541-997-5909
Jazz Kings present “An Old-
Fashioned Christmas”
Hosted by The John G. Shedd Institute
for the Arts
7:30 p.m.
Tickets required
Florence Events Center
Dec. 14
Friends of the Library Meeting
11 a.m.
Open to public
Siuslaw Public Library
Dec. 15
“A Christmas Memory” and “Radio
Re-Run”
Tickets required
7 p.m.
Class Act Theatre
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High Street Band plays
7 to 11 p.m.
No cover
Blue Bills Sports Bar & Tap Room
Three Rivers Casino Resort
Dec. 16
Santa Claus at the Elks Lodge
1 p.m.
   
 
  
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Victorian Christmas Open House
4 to 7 p.m.
Open to public — $5 day-use fee
required for parking
Heceta Head Lighthouse
“Christmas Memory, Radio Re-Run”
Tickets required
7 p.m.
Class Act Theatre
High Street Band plays
7 to 11 p.m.
No cover
Blue Bills Sports Bar & Tap Room
Three Rivers Casino Resort
Dec. 17
“Christmas Memory, Radio Re-Run”
Tickets required
2 p.m.
Class Act Theatre
Victorian Christmas Open House
4 to 7 p.m.
Open to public
$5 day-use fee required for parking
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Dec. 18
Oregon Brass Christmas Concert
7 p.m.
Open to the public
Donations accepted
Florence Events Center
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