Homeless Outreach

Homeless Outreach Program

Our Outreach program provides items 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. 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.

Our mission

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 their homelessness. Through the efforts of partners, and the generous donations of Central Oregon residents, we can find a way to ease the burden of homelessness.

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

Urgent needs

We may be in Spring according to the calendar, but with the rains, keeping people warm, dry, and fed is an ongoing challenge. 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

Concurrently, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach 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

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. We also 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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Outreach Volunteer staff serve on the front lines, helping meet basic needs and begin the process of ending our clients’ 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.

Check out this article from TheGuardian.com. Even though it’s based in the UK, it has a good viewpoint on how working with the homeless can be.