Homeless Outreach

Our Outreach Program makes available goods to help the homeless and  extremely low-income Central Oregonians , both Veterans and non-Veterans, who don’t always have the means to purchase  basic need items for health and safety. This support has increased awareness in the community for COVO’s mission to help those in need.

The Outreach Program operates a full line drop-in center, providing food, warm and clean clothing, sleeping bags and bedding, shelters, and other necessary items.

Concurrently, COVO performs outreach services into the community, at designated locations throughout the area, to make COVO services more available to people who may not be able to reach them at the Outreach Center.The community supports COVO’s Outreach Program generously with donations of items and volunteer hours both in our drop-in center and doing street outreach.

Stryker Park Outreach

Primarily, the mission of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach is not to promote the homeless lifestyle but to work diligently with those experiencing homelessness and our community partners to find solutions to end the homeless condition. Through the efforts of everyone involved, homelessness can be viewed as an acute situation and an end to homelessness can be part of the future.

Outreach Schedule

COVO’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) reaches out into the community to locate where people experiencing homelessness are living so we can connect with them to ensure their basic needs are being met as well as work with them to address the issues that are keeping them homeless. It is our mission to do what we can to create a pathway people can use to end their homeless condition.

The HOT works in conjunction with numerous community partners as referral sources to begin this process. If you are aware of an area or areas where there are people in need, please contact COVO Outreach at 541-383-2793. Thank you for your continuing support!!!

Urgent Needs

Autumn is coming in strong, and we still need to keep people warm, dry, and fed. We are in need of the following items:

  • Propane (1lb cans)
  • High Protein Canned Foods (Canned Meats, Chili, etc.)
  • Tents and Tarps
  • Sleeping Bags and Blankets
  • Size 30-36 waist men’s jeans

Ongoing Needs

  • Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Clothing
  • Winter Clothing of all sizes
  • Propane (1lb disposable cans)
  • Camping Equipment, ie: Tents, shelters, tarps, stoves, lights
  • Canned food of any kind, high protein is extremely helpful
  • Backpacks and duffel bags
  • Bedding and Blankets
  • Durable Medical Equipment (Walkers, Wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Housewares
  • Hygiene Supplies for Men and Women
  • Infant and Baby Supplies

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Outreach Volunteer staff serve on the front lines, helping meet those needs and begin the process of ending our client’s homelessness. This role is very challenging and rewarding at the same time. To be successful as a volunteer in the Outreach Center, one must possess an open mind and a willingness to look past superficial problems to help those who truly need it. If this appeals to you, please go to our Volunteer page to fill out an application and send it in.