Letters to the editor
Local McDonald's aided Tigard homeless shelter
I am writing to share my heartfelt thanks for Tigard Main Street McDonald's generous support of the Calvin Presbyterian Church Overnight Shelter.
Calvin Presbyterian Church operates an overnight shelter every Friday from December through March. During the 2016-17 season, the need outstripped the capacity of the shelter and we had to turn people away on cold and rainy nights. Last season, we were able to increase the capacity by 50 percent. We had good volunteer response to cover the additional capacity, but the increased budget remained a challenge.
During a fundraising brainstorm, we thought of McDonald's, since they have community programs. One call to the locally owned and operated Tigard Main Street McDonald's was all it took for them to understand the need and pledge their support. They provided breakfast for the majority of the season, which was far above and beyond our wildest hopes.
Meals are the largest expense for the shelter, so McDonald's contribution made a significant difference to our program. The meals were also a highlight for our guests, who greatly appreciated starting the day with a hot breakfast and choosing a meal based on their preferences.
On behalf of everyone involved in the Calvin Presbyterian Overnight Shelter, I want to thank the locally owned and operated Tigard Main Street McDonald's for their generosity and compassion.
Chairperson, Calvin Presbyterian Homeless Ministry
Situation isn't safe at bottle-drop facility
I was horrified to read about a man threatening people with a large knife in and around the Bottle Drop facility near Jesuit High School on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7].
Thankfully, the Beaverton Police officers were able to respond very quickly; the police ended up having to shoot the perpetrator with the knife to protect the citizens nearby.
On Sept. 10, I took one of our dogs to an appointment at Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic, which is next door to the Bottle Drop facility. When I talked with Dr. Erdman, she related to me how afraid she, the Laurelwood staff and her clients were when they heard the shots near the clinic on the morning of Sept. 7; though they were all so grateful for the Beaverton Police being on the scene quickly that morning to stop this perpetrator.
Since the Bottle Drop facility was built, the veterinary clinic has had to call the Beaverton Police numerous times, including one time because someone left drug paraphernalia in their lobby restroom. Earlier this summer, when I took one of our dogs to this vet clinic, I witnessed a man urinating on the Laurelwood property.
It is not right to subject businesses, residents, Jesuit High School students and faculty to this daily, ongoing barrage of incidents where the police have to be called and everyone ends up feeling threatened and unsafe.
How much more do these businesses, residents, faculty and students have to endure before something is finally done to make everyone near the Bottle Drop facility feel safe again?