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Community Shower Truck helping Central Oregon homeless stay cool and clean

Serves encampment along Hunnell Road

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- As the homeless camp along Hunnell Road in northeast Bend grows, volunteers are helping out in a variety of ways.

The president of Community Shower Truck- Ministries, Tom Stutheit, said Thursday he has made it a goal to bring the truck every Thursday.

He said they usually get about 15 to 20 people using it over the 2 1/2 hours it's there. And he's expecting that number to rise again as temperatures go up, and the heat makes it more of a necessity.

Stutheit said a majority of their clients are single, homeless men. However, they also provide the service to women and families.

In addition to no-cost showers, Stutheit said they also provides hygiene items such as towels, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, combs, socks and underwear to the homeless community.

The shower truck also is stationed in Redmond. However, the nonprofit provides care beyond both cities to help the homeless.

Stutheit said he'd like to procure a second shower truck to serve those in need, but needs more funding, drivers and assistance to make that a reality.

"They need a shower just as bad as anybody else in this world needs a shower, and they have no access," Stutheit said. "In the past, they would have to go to swimming pools or another place where they would have to pay to get a shower."

The shower truck has been operating since 2011 and was eventually sold to a Bend church in 2015. In 2017, a group of volunteers and supporters helped to develop the nonprofit in efforts to expand services to the homeless.

The ministries' mission is to help restore individual dignity and self-worth by reflecting God’s unconditional love and grace to homeless men, women, and children in Deschutes County.

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19 Comments

      1. Another gross, uneducated, ignorant generalization. You have no idea what you’re talking about, you’re simply repeating what you’ve heard on right wing cable news. Disgusting

  1. Great. Now there is no excuse to get a job and be a part of the community instead of sucking off of it. Lots of jobs out there, employers are desperate for workers. Homeless can now clean up, interview, and get a job in efforts to change their situation instead of just living off of handouts.

    1. Too bad the residents of harney, grant etc counties won’t do the same! Just sooo much easier sitting home waiting for their gubermint handout check and crying about the Govenor Kate Brown!!! I hear Idaho is nice and backward this time of year!!

    2. I’m not happy about the homeless situation but you have to be fair. I know multiple people who went down to Hunnell to drop stuff off during the heatwave. Every single one of them remarked how surprised they were to find the place deserted. Because everyone was at work.

      1. That’s what the homeless hate commenters can’t get into their heads. A lot of homeless are working low paying jobs but still can’t afford housing because of the high costs. Recently reported that a person would have to work 4 full time minimum wage jobs to afford the least expensive apartment in the urban areas of all 50 states. There is just no where they can afford to live.

      2. Correct. Yet, the same folks who spend untold hours here demonizing unhoused people are now attacking “liberals” for implementing HB 2001, which will open up housing possibilities for residents of Hunnell Road.

  2. That is BS. They don’t have jobs unless you call putting a sharpie pen to a piece of cardboard to beg at stop signs. Enough with this crap. Get them out of here.

  3. Interesting comments.

    Bend appears to be a mean-spirited place any more.

    Regardless of the issue or one’s position on it.

    Kudos to the good folks providing this service. Positive, constructive, and no doubt appreciated.

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