Shawn Collins grew up near Spokane, WA and has lived in Corvallis since 2003.
He and his wife moved to the area from Knoxville, TN to take a position on a global
research team with Hewlett-Packard.
Shawn got his first look at the realities of homelessness and poverty in the
Willamette Valley through his volunteer experiences at the South Corvallis Food
Bank, where his wife served on the board. While working at Hewlett-Packard, he
was chair of the site Volunteerism Committee. Among other volunteer events
throughout the year, Shawn organized HP volunteers for the annual United Way
Day of Caring and for work with SAGE Garden, which provides fresh produce for
area food pantries.
After leaving HP in 2016, Shawn worked at United Way of Benton & Lincoln
Counties, as the Program Manager for the Housing Opportunities Action Council
(HOAC) through 2019. In that position, he began working with area shelter and
service providers. He was instrumental in securing the site that would become the Corvallis Men’s Shelter in 2017, where he serves on the management team. The current Mens Shelter builds on a long history of shelters in Corvallis and is made possible by the spirit of partnership and collaboration that is central to the Unity Shelter mission.
Mike Jager currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Men’s Shelter.
He is a career educator, lifelong learner and media maven who produces digital
storytelling projects for educational, historic, cultural and nonprofit agencies
including the Shelter Facebook page and monthly Newsletter.
Mike grew up on the south side of Chicago and settled in Oregon in the 1980’s.
He moved to Corvallis to begin a Masters degree program at OSU 2010. His
research attempted to ask and attest to answer the question “How to Teach
History in the Digital Age.
As a member of the Food and Housing for All action team at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship he was asked to create a video to celebrate volunteerism
at the Shelter. When the position of Volunteer Coordinator came up, Mike tossed
his hat into the ring. Since then, he has worked to manage an ever growing
cadre of volunteers, advocates and supporters.
He is constantly surprised and impressed by the unwavering generosity and support of the Corvallis community on behalf of our homeless neighbors. Mike reminds us of how he is “blessed to witness firsthand the efforts by individuals, faith and service groups plus the community at large to address an otherwise vexing problem that challenges communities everywhere.” In his spare time Mike enjoys golf, travel and ice hockey as a player and fan.
Harry Reich grew up in Orem, Utah, where he spent many hours during the
summer riding his bike, fishing and playing Monopoly with friends. He learned
to work when he began helping the cooks in the school cafeteria and then moved
on to working for a restaurant at age 16.
Harry served a two year mission for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints here in Oregon. After spending six weeks at home in Utah, he
moved back to Vancouver, Washington and went to work building houses.
Later, Harry moved to Corvallis, Oregon, and met his wife, Heather. Together they
have had many adventures with their four children. He has previously owned his
own business in Everett, Washington for 15 years, owned and ran a local
construction company and he is currently the Manager for the Paint Doctor
Harry refereed and evaluated High School basketball for thirty years. He has also been a Boy Scout Leader for twenty-five years. Many hikes, camp outs, and twice he went to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, with a group of young men, which included a month long hiking and camping trip both times.
Harry began serving at the Men’s Shelter when it was located on 4th street for two or three years before he became the manager at the new site in 2017. His leadership, sincere care, friendship with the men he serves combine well with his respect for rules make him a highly valued manager.
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