Oregon City - December
Tuesday night was laundry night at QED. We helped 60+ neighbors with laundry, hygiene supplies, #Bombas socks, masks, and a meal. 10 volunteers spent the evening helping with hand washing, check in, hygiene shopping, dinner, and laundry.
We’ve seen an influx of new faces over the last few months. People who have never needed our services show are appreciative and definitely shocked when we happily answer, “Yes! We can help! And we’re glad you’re here!” We are seeing an increase in the number of single parents, older adults and young adults at our events.
Sometimes, as soon as we lay eyes on someone we can almost feel the pain they’re experiencing. This was the case when we spotted E, tears streaming down her face and shivering in the cold. We can’t share a happy ending story about E...yet. But we’re working on it.
Two neighbors have started the process to enter sober housing. Another neighbor was recently hospitalized to receive mental health care and is doing better. N finished their community service with us and we proudly sent a completion letter to the court. A neighbor who has serious health issues now has a phone to schedule medical appointments.
And last but not least, we want to do a special shout out to our QED Co-Coordinator Tom. Tom always stays until the last person has finished their laundry, and then cleans the laundromat so it’s ready to go in the morning. Thanks, Tom!