Tonight is bittersweet, Its our last night doing dinner support to hotels and tomorrow is the last day for most of the hotel peeps. We put 43 people in hotels, most of them were able to stay over a week. In addition to this be provided meal support since 9/12/2020 for 12 other people who were in hotels; some were evacuates and, some were just people we encountered. Throughout this process we have developed new partnerships, built on current collaborations, been able to develop deeper relationships with the people we serve, and it has been blatantly obvious that there is a lack of a safety net for folks who need services the most. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we need to do better!!! Truly we couldnt have done this without our community. We can’t describe how thankful we are for party downtown they cooked a majority of the meals and helped introduce us to critical other restaurants and food sources. Most of the farms were evacuated and still donated hundreds of pounds of produce. Thank you to Organic Redneck, Pk Pastures, Friendly Street Market, Moon Dog Farms, Hummingbird Whole Sale, Loud Pond farm, and Ginger roots for donating ingredients. Restaurants in Eugene have already been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this Hey Neighbor, Erins Table, Morning Glory, Noisette Bakery, Laughing Planet, Party Downtown and How to cooking school all stepped up and volunteered to cook meals for the folks we had in hotels and street outreach efforts. Over the last 10+ days they cooked 750+ meals. Some of our community members: Steve/Susan, Ethan, and Carly + her comrades all helped us make over 208 amount of snack packs Our comrades at PDX mutual aid, Lane County Mutual aid and Stop death on the Streets provided clothes, survival supplies, medical supplies and other resources. People who donated via venmo, amazon, or fundly, thank you. United Way thank you for choosing us as one of the recipients of the wildfire fund. MRG thank you for always being there for us and talking us giving us advice. Damey thank you for everything and being a powerhouse. Lastly to CORE advocates Jessie, Brandy, Ericka, Bre, BTSA staff Mackenzie, Dr. Leah Jo, Dr. Wiley, Dr. Devin, Brittany, Bridgette, Bex and Sophia. All of you trooped through this week and are just amazing forces of nature.
Works cannot describe how thankful we are for all of you. This work is not easy and we are really just getting started.
Love, Rage and Solidarity,
Brittiny, and Dylan