With a Purpose recently provided Eugene Mission with 1,000 blankets to help keep Oregon's homeless warm this winter. "We will use these blankets on the bunks of our shelter," confirmed Dana Gray, Sr. Director of Operations "as well as to hand out to those who have need but don’t stay with us. They will all be put to good use!" The nonprofit benefits from the Oregon Ducks Blanket for a Blanket line, which uses the 1-for-1 model and gives away a blanket for each blanket purchased.
Beginning as a humble meeting place for homeless men to receive a hot meal in 1956, the Mission grew to become Eugene's first overnight shelter by 1967 with 50 beds. It remains the only overnight shelter, including additional buildings for women as well as mothers and children. According to Gray, "65 women sleep in this dorm every night; 18 moms and kids down the hall, and 10 women next door, and 250+ men in the men’s buildings."
Eugene Mission offers help, shares love and gives hope through a variety of services. It is open 24/7 for those in need of food, clothing, shelter and social services. Run by an admittedly small, but faithful staff, the Mission serves 450-600 people a day.
They also provide a unique, year-long program called Life Change, which focuses on the physical/mental/emotional health and spiritual wholeness of the individual with one of the goals being a successful transition back into the community.
Note: Donated blankets are nonbranded and pictured at the bottom of the beds.
Overall, With a Purpose has donated more than 15,365 blankets to date.