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Bend temporary warming shelter sees more guests than expected

First Presbyterian Church in Bend hosted a temporary warming shelter for the homeless for the past week, before the city's new shelter opens Monday. It has seen more guests than anticipated and was able to raise its nightly capacity to 46 people.

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Ben Steen

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  1. Hoping the homeless woman and her sweet little pug zoe can get in to the shelter if they dont have a place unlike last winter when they were able to get in somewhere in the old mill.

  2. Where did all the “social justice” activists disappear to?

    We heard a lot from “them” about homeless folks. Where is Diversity? Peacekeepers? Mecca Bend?

    The homeless population is multi-cultural; non-gender specific; includes children/infants.

    Where are the special projects, fund raisers, field teams distributing clothing, food, shelters?

    Oh, those are all being manned and carried out by the REAL social actvists…Central Oregon Veterans Outreach…faith-based churches…established non-profits…Veteran organizations…the folks who have been on the frontlines, not Facebook, for years now.

    Go figure.

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