Homeless count, resource fair draw crowd
The combined Point in Time homeless count and Community Resource Fair was definitely a success last Friday, Jan. 26, with nearly 100 surveys filled out by homeless people in Madras.
Those considered homeless include people living in shelters, temporary housing, doubled up with others, camping, or sleeping in cars.
Held at the First Baptist Church, the event served over 100 meals of hot soup, and gave out free warm clothing, canned food and other supplies to homeless people taking the survey, which helps determine funding for services in the area. Some 10 volunteers helped give the survey, and 12 more helped serve the meal, according to organizer Austin Cooper.
In addition, a group from the Madras Gospel Mission went out to homeless camps on Jan. 25, and conducted around 20 surveys.
In the adjacent gymnasium of the church, the Resource Fair welcomed the homeless, as well as the community to visit its informational booths on helping services. Many booths also had free giveaways.
Cooper reported that 46 flu vaccinations were given at the Jefferson County Public Health booth.
Other participants included Lifeline/US Cellular, Saving Grace, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, BestCare Prevention, Department of Human Services, Mosaic Medical, Madras Gospel Mission, Jefferson County School District homeless liaisons, Legal Aid, Thrive, and the Halpen Law Group.