How to help

Not everyone is able to host a homeless student in their home, but there are other ways to help students or other homeless youth in need. Here's a list of some of the organizations, people and agencies that are already working to combat student homelessness and what they recommend would be the most helpful.

In schools: Donations for students are always needed, but checking to see what is most needed at different times of the year is important.

Year-round: Gift cards for gasoline, groceries and clothing

Winter: Blankets, sleeping bags and warm clothes

How to donate: Contact one of the homeless-student liaisons in the Eugene, Springfield or Bethel districts. Bethel: Donna Butera, 541-461-6424, ext. 2543; Eugene: Deborah Dailey, 541-790-7220; Springfield: Janet Thorn, 541-461-6424, ext. 2543

15th Night Rapid Access Network Community Partners: Works together to safeguard more than 480 Eugene-Springfield students who do not have a parent or guardian to support them, or a permanent place to call home. The network aims to prevent Eugene-Springfield youth from going out on the street, and intervenes quickly if they do.

Eugene youth under 18 can call or text 15th Night at 541-246-4046 for 24-hours a day for help or if they just need to talk. Resources available through 15th Night include access to clothing, shoes, personal care products, backpacks, food, housing specialists, transportation, doctor appointments, counseling, mentors or peer support, youth advocates, application assistance and library cards.

Looking Glass: Provides a variety of youth and family services, including the following for runaway and homeless youth. Call 541-689-3111 to receive services; 541-484-4428 for the counseling program; 541-686-2688 for the administrative office.

New Roads Program: Transitional and independent living services for homeless youth ages 16-21. Education offered through New Roads School for homeless youth. Program: 541-686-4310; New Roads School: 541-302-2551.

Rural Program: Emergency shelter and support services for youth in crisis assisting with food, clothing, counseling and referrals. The program operates out of Cottage Grove and serves the outlying area. Call 541-767-3823.

Project Safe Place: Project Safe Place is a national prevention and outreach program to assist youth who are at risk or in crisis. It offers the protection of a network of businesses, organizations and Lane Transit District (Safe Place sites) where young people can go if they need help quickly. Youth, ages 11 to 17, can access any of the 45 Safe Place sites in Springfield and Eugene. Participating businesses are identified by highly visible yellow and black diamond-shaped signs.

Station 7 Program: Emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth ages, 11-17, family reconciliation, and 24-hour crisis hotline. Call 541- 689-3111.

Egan Warming Center: Provides cold-weather shelter Nov. 15 - March 31 at a variety of sites. Call 541-689-6747.

Eugene Mission: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include: food; shelter for men, women and children; hygiene services; clothing; social and religious services. Call 541-344-3251.

Hosea Youth Services: Eugene-based nonprofit organization that provides life-skill classes, job training and other services to homeless youth. Call 541-344-5583.