Author: Delana Beaton

A new place for help and hope in Salem

People started coming right away – even while desks and phones were still in boxes.  The ARCHES staff responded, opening services in their new building on July 3, just three days after moving their entire staff and inventory.     The ARCHES project is part of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  The mission of ARCHES is “to provide referral and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of becoming homeless.”  These services and this project are acutely needed now.  The new location at 615 Commercial St. NE seems ideal for connecting effectively with clients.  Directly...

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What’s Happening Under the Marion Street Bridge?

People started coming at 4:30p.m.  Quietly.  Alone and in small groups.  They formed a line and waited patiently.   It was bitterly cold, and heavy traffic was whipping past on all sides – on Commercial, on the Marion Street Bridge overhead, and on the off-ramp onto Front Street.  At 5:00 p.m. other people arrived on foot carrying coolers, baskets, large heavy bags, all full of food.  Finally one SUV arrived with three folding tables and more food, including a huge crock pot cooker.  Five volunteers quickly set up folding tables and within minutes created a serving line offering fresh...

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