As of Nov. 5, the Corvallis community has an operating Men’s Cold Weather Shelter providing overnight shelter for up to 40 men. This shelter, providing a needed service for the community, is operating due the efforts of a broad swath of the community initiated by the Housing Opportunities Action Council. This letter acknowledges that effort and expresses the appreciation of the mayor and City Council.

Let me begin with DEVCO Engineering generously donating the use of its building for the season as well as contributing to its renovation. Following design work by Broadleaf Architecture, over a 10-week period, Habitat for Humanity project leads directed the renovation work by community groups and individuals augmented by contractors. Among the community groups were the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Benton Habitat for Humanity, Corvallis Youth Volunteer Corps, the Oregon State University Cheer Team, the OSU Center for Civic Engagement and many other service organizations. Final steps included furnishing the shelter using beds and mattresses from Corvallis Housing First and Samaritan Health Services.

Finally, the shelter operation is directed by a steering committee lead by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and composed of 10 community organizations including the city of Corvallis and Benton County (who are providing funding as well), Good Samaritan Church, First Alternative Co-op, the Downtown Corvallis Association and several service organizations.

Let me finally express the Corvallis City Council’s and my own deep appreciation and thank you to all these organizations that made the shelter happen, a community effort.

Biff Traber

Corvallis (Nov. 13)

The writer is mayor of Corvallis.

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