Kits for Nightingale Rest Stop
In Eugene, we have local self-organized camps providing transition stops for people making the move from living on the street into permanent housing. They are called rest stops. One of the local rest stops is organized by Nightingale Hosted Shelters. They provide clean, insulated huts for people to stay in, managers, bathrooms and a community kitchen. People are given time and peace to get themselves social services, jobs and whatever else they need to get themselves on their feet.
Eugene Mennonite Church spoke with Nightingale about how we could help. We arranged to put together welcome kits for people who are entering into the camp. Often, when a person comes into a rest stop, they have nothing but the clothes on their back. So we put together a kit which provides some basic necessities to get them started in their new life.
You can see that included in the kit are:
A towel and a washcloth
A pack of wipes
Two pairs of socks
Two bars of soap
Two trash bags
A number of storage bags
A gift card for Albertsons (which is across the street)
We made enough kits to provide for the current residents and new residents as they come.
This is an easy project to replicate. We cut the costs by finding a company that was willing to provide the blankets for free! We made sure that the contents of the kit were approved by those in the rest stop, so they could have input. The connecting with this community was wonderful, and it is a joy to provide for those in need!