• Tent Cities, One Way to Make a Dent in Homelessness

    Tent Cities, One Way to Make a Dent in Homelessness

    — Andy Wade — A recent article in Grist Magazine took a look at Tent Cities in Seattle. I have friends who have worked with Nicklesville, one of those tent cities, and others who have helped sponsor them. There’s a lot of fear about tent cities. Won’t they attract drugs, alcohol, and crime? The statistics […]

  • Why do people become homeless?

    Why do people become homeless?

    This simple slideshow walks through why and how people become homeless. The author identifies three major factors for those who find themselves without a place to live: Structural factors, System failures, and Individual circumstances. While it’s easy to think, “This could never happen to me!” you might be surprised just how easy it is to become un-housed! […]

  • Facing Homelessness

    Facing Homelessness

    — Andy Wade — In this powerful TEDx talk Seattle architect, Rex Hohlbein, shares the story of how his eyes were opened not just to the plight of those experiencing homelessness but also to the people and stories, the real lives, of those living outside. Our involvement with the un-housed is not a one-way street, […]

  • Givers and Takers

    Givers and Takers

    — Andy Wade — It was a cold, snowy day. 7 a.m. came way too early for our shelter guests but there they were, headed out into the cold for the day. That day all of our guests were well verseed in surviving outside in the cold so I wasn’t worried, but I was lamenting […]

  • No Where To Go But Jail?

    No Where To Go But Jail?

    We’re fortunate in Hood River. Our law enforcement has been so supportive of our shelter and often go out of their way to help those living outside. Our community, too, is amazing with numerous volunteers spending hours keeping our shelter and food bank stocked and open for those in need. But around the country there’s […]

  • I’m Not a Bum

    I’m Not a Bum

    The new face of homelessness will break your stereotypes.

  • Change the Paradigm

    Change the Paradigm

    Listening to the stories and exploring new possibilities is the only way to begin to effectively address the problems of homelessness and addiction. Understanding the real issues behind the problem rather than assuming we know, from the outside, what’s best is the way forward. This approach not only deals directly with the underlying problems, it […]

  • That Awkward Feeling

    That Awkward Feeling

    — Andy Wade — they make me uncomfortable I pass by, pretending not to notice for every one I see, at least ten more remain hidden, too ashamed or afraid to come out of the shadows awkwardness pursues me knowing there must be something I can do. But then… drug addict alcoholic mentally ill bum […]

Shelter Location 2015/16
4140 Frontage Rd
(Old Fruit Tree Bldg.
next to Charburger)

Shelter Phone (6pm-7am) During Shelter Season
Mid-Nov. through Mid-Mar.
(541) 399-2057

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 656
Hood River, OR 97031

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Volunteer Training

Join our amazing team!

Volunteer Training Dates:
  1. Sept. 17th, 6:30-9pm
  2. Sept. 22nd, 6:30-9pm
  3. Oct. 17th, 9-11:30am
  4. Oct. 28th, 6:30-9pm

All training will take place at our new location

Important Notice:
Due to new insurance requirements all past volunteers will also need to re-take the orientation class.

If you would like someone to come speak to your church or group about the shelter, please Contact us

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