Center for unhoused extends operation days
Just Compassion's Tigard Resource Center recently added an extra day to its three-day schedule of giving the unhoused a daytime place to find resources and grab a meal.
The center has now added Mondays to its list of days the center is open. Previously, it was only opened Tuesdays through Thursdays. At the same time, the daytime shelter has announced it has extended keeping its overnight shelter open through the end of June.
Vernon Baker, Just Compassion's executive director, said the center served 12 guests breakfast and 15 guests lunch on March 29, the first time the Hall Boulevard location has been open on a Monday.
"We decided that it would be an opportune time to incorporate the breakfast and lunches that we do on Tuesday and Thursday," said Baker. "Because we have a lot of the same guests who are in the shelter, they just stay over for breakfast and lunch. It has been sort of a real, real positive seamless transition for the most part."
He said it's proved beneficial to those homeless individuals in the area as well because almost all East Washington County shelters have closed as the weather gets warmer and the majority of hotel/motel vouchers are only good in the Hillsboro area.
"A lot of our guests are out there and they just can't get back over from the Hillsboro side to Tigard for our programs," he said, noting the Monday opening gives them an extra day to enjoy the services the Tigard Resource Center provides. Those services include a meal, clothing, help finding a job and accessing mental health services.
In addition, since November, the center has provided a severe weather shelter each night and has extended its original closing date.
"We were supposed to close at the end of March but we got an extension to the end of June," said Baker. "We will be closing on June 30."
While the center only has room for 10 individuals each night, it has been averaging up to eight overnight guests. They sleep in a recently renovated lower floor of the center that now includes two bathrooms (one for them designed for individuals with disabilities), a shower, a laundry room and an open community room. The renovated bottom floor was officially dedicated at the end of September.
The overnight shelter opens at 4 p.m. each evening and shuts down at 8 a.m. the next morning.
Just Compassion of East Washington County also operates the Beaverton winter shelter located at the Beaverton Community Center, whose days of operation were recently extended to May 31.
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