Corvallis Men’s Shelter

The Corvallis Men’s Shelter will be at 211 SE Chapman Place for the 2017-2018 shelter season.  The Shelter opened November 4, 2017, and the season will run through March 31, 2018.  This is a low-barrier shelter, serving up to 40 men nightly in a “bunkhouse” setting.  All clients must be over age 18.  No alcohol or drug use will be permitted on-site, and all clients must exhibit appropriate behavior.

For questions about operations of the Corvallis Men’s Shelter, please contact the Shelter Manager (mens.shelter.manager@gmail.com or 541-791-6691).

Volunteer  Opportunities

Staffing of the Corvallis Men’s Shelter will include a mix of paid staff and volunteers, with the bulk of the staff coming from community volunteers.

Volunteers provide a range of services, including helping with check-in, helping with laundry and general operations, and providing a friendly atmosphere for this vulnerable population.  Roz Keeney and Sherrie Day are the Volunteer Coordinators.  They have established an email for all queries about volunteering to staff the shelter: Corvmensshelter@gmail.com

You can also sign up for volunteering online!  A SignUp Genius site has been set up for online registrations.  Click here for December volunteer opportunities:  SignUp Genius December.  Click here for January-March volunteer opportunities: SignUp Genius January-March.  If you can’t volunteer at the site, you still may be able to help — contact the Volunteer Coordinators for details on other ways to support shelter operations: Corvmensshelter@gmail.com

Donations

Primary funding for the shelter is being provided by the City of Corvallis and Benton County, but additional fundraising is needed to support operations and renovation costs.

  • Many thanks to the Corvallis community for your generous support through material donations this season!  We have had to limit donations for the remainder of the season to focus on the highest need items.  Please see the updated Wishlist for suggested items.  Donations can be made at the Shelter between 5:30-8:00 pm, or 7:00-9:00 am.
  • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis is serving as the fiscal agent for the shelter, and direct contributions may be made to the Fellowship, and designated for support of the Corvallis Men’s Shelter.  All funds donated will go directly to the support of the shelter.  Checks can be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330.  Please indicate that your contribution is for the Corvallis Men’s Shelter.  Receipts will be provided for tax purposes.  Online donations (using Paypal or credit card) can be made through this link: 
  • The United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties will accept contributions to support the Corvallis Men’s Shelter, and pass these through directly to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Checks can be sent to the United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties, PO Box 2499, Corvallis, OR 97339, or you can donate online.  Please indicate that your contribution is for the Corvallis Men’s Shelter.  Receipts will be provided for tax purposes.
  • Benton Community Foundation recently announced the Homeless to Housing community initiative, targeting basic needs of those experiencing homelessness, and the services which can help them move up and out of poverty.  Contributions may be made to support the initiative, or specifically to support the Corvallis Men’s Shelter.  Please contact Benton Community Foundation for details.

Resources

  • Volunteer Training Manual (under development)
  • Shelter policies (under development)
  • Food at the Shelter

For information on the women’s cold weather shelter, see: http://corvallisfumc.org/content/room-inn-womens-shelter