Q: Where and what is The Mens Shelter?
A: The men’s homeless shelter is located in a 2,800 square-foot building at 211 S.E. Chapman Place. It is across the street from the South Corvallis Co-Op. It provides a safe place to sleep for men experiencing homelessness operating seven days a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 am. A light dinner and breakfast are served (provided through partnerships with Stone Soup, First Alternative Co-op, and Linn-Benton Food Share). Capacity is currently 42 beds.
Q: How is the shelter staffed?
A: The Mens Shelter has a full-time manager who oversees day-to-day operations. Part-time staff includes evening staff, overnight staff, cleaning staff and morning rovers. Volunteers have a key role in staffing the Mens Shelter.
Q: Who can stay at The Mens Shelter?
A: The Mens Shelter is a low barrier facility; however, guests must still abide by house rules including no drinking or smoking inside the facility.
Q: Who has leadership responsibility for the shelter?
A: The shelter manager oversees day-to-day operations and supervises the staff. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis (UUFC) served as the fiscal agent for the shelter prior to becoming part of Unity Shelter. The Mens Shelter is pleased to now be one of the programs within the Unity Shelter structure.
Q: How is the shelter being funded?
A: Funding has been provided by many sources, including the City of Corvallis , Benton County, Community Services Consortium, and private donations. The shelter budget pays for staffing, rental of the building, supplies, utilities, and port-a-potties.
Q: Are Volunteers needed?
A: Volunteer opportunities were limited during the pandemic, and limited to one nightly overnight shift. Typically, shelter operations are supported by volunteers every day in a variety of ways, including assistance with check-in, bag checks, food servers, late night help, and overnight. Volunteers have donated as many as 5,000 volunteer hours per season. Many religious and civic organizations agree to provide volunteers for a week at a time. More groups and individuals are welcome to volunteer. Contact email@example.com or sign up on SignUp Genius by clicking here.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about shelter operations?
A: On weekdays, please call the Mens Shelter manager at (541) 791-6691. You may also contact the shelter directly during operating hours at (541) 250-5113. For questions about the overall management and operations of the Mens Shelter, you may contact Shawn Collins via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (541) 313-8776.
Q: What is the future of The Mens Shelter?
A: There has been an emergency men's shelter in Corvallis since 1991 that has been run and organized by several groups over the years. Over the years, the men's shelter has been operated by St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition, Corvallis Housing First and most recently by agreement with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. The Mens Shelter became a permanent program of Unity Shelter in 2020.
Q: Has Mens Shelter been know by other names over the years?
A: Yes. Mens Shelter has previously been referred to as "The Corvallis Men's Cold Weather Shelter", "The Men's Cold Weather Shelter" and "The Corvallis Men's Shelter" among other things.
Q: Why doesn't the logo and spelling of Mens Shelter include an apostrophe?
A: The logo for Mens Shelter looks better aesthetically without the apostrophe so we took some artistic license.
Q: How can the public help?
A: The public can help by donating materials and supplies to support our operations. These items can be dropped off at The Mens Shelter during open hours (click here for hours) or at The Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center where these items will be distributed. Many items are needed, including:
Updated June 22, 2022
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