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COVID-19 Response

Community! Sorry we have been offline. We have been busy with our COVID-19 response. For the last 5 weeks we have been doing Mobile Street Feed.

Mobile Street Feed is a mash up of our Street Outreach Alliance Project (SOAP) and Street Feed program. We hit the streets every Sunday with hot food and survival supplies. Currently we are targeting camps that have youth and young adults in them ages 16-30, however we are providing food to anyone in need. We will be doing this for the foreseeable future until Oregon’s stay at home order has been lifted and we can safely take street feed back inside.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude from the support we received from our community and especially from United Way of Lane County, MRG foundation and OCF foundation over the last few months. All three of these organizations have have provided grants through community response funds to support our COVID-19 response. We would have not been able to do this as efficiently or effectively with out the support of these organizations. Thank you to our community for your continued support during these trying times.

CORE will be making meals each weekend and taking them to the streets. Contact us at 541CORE@gmail.com or on any of our social media for more information!

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”

Helen Keller.

HYPE article on KEZI

Organizers hope to connect homeless or low-income youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with educational support

EUGENE, Ore.– A new program targeted at homeless youth and young adults that have ambitions for post-secondary education was launched at the beginning of the new year and is already drawing attention from students.

The Homeless Youth Pursuing Education program is being offered by a non-profit called CORE Eugene. Organizers hope to connect homeless or low-income youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with educational support. They said this is aimed for students who are on the street, going through the hurdles of getting into and through college. 

“Some people say, ‘Well there are college success programs in Eugene. However, a lot of times it stops at getting them a financial aid application, admissions, maybe just a GED,” said CORE co-founder Brittiny Raine. “The difference is CORE is going to be with them throughout their entire college career, as much or as little as they want.”

Staff with HYPE plan to offer student services like GED navigation, preparing for admissions and applying for scholarships. However, the organization’s philosophy prevents them from pushing students towards education. They said they believe in empowering youth to achieve whatever goals they possess. 

“When you give people options and tell them they are worth it or they are good enough or it’s possible, they are going to achieve way more than if they don’t,” said co-founder Dylan Weil. 

Read full article here.

CORE is in the news!

Solution Shapers: Brittiny Raine and Dylan Weil — Catch the kids falling through the cracks

By Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick

New Lane County group CORE seeks to provide resources to homeless youth

Co-founder of Community Outreach Through Radical Empowerment Brittiny Raine had to grow up fast — so as an adult, she has patience for all kinds of kids.

Raine was homeless in Seattle from age 12 to 17. In the moments she didn’t feel ignored, she felt patronized and harassed. Despite dropping out of school in the eighth grade, she eventually completed her bachelor’s degree and decided to go into social work. While working in Seattle-area shelters and programming, she ran into the same frustrating bureaucratic limitations she saw as a child. Raine wanted to make an organization her own — one that served kids without an agenda.

CORE’s other founder, Dylan Weil, worked in food service before he met Raine. In restaurant kitchens in Seattle, he said he witnessed massive food waste while people outside struggled to eat — it was there that his dream of finding a way to feed people for free was born.

Read the full article 🔗