Mission Myths

Facility Myth

The Eugene Mission is a small, dark dirty building sheltering the homeless men who camp out by the bus stop by the Chambers street overpass.

Facts: The Eugene Mission is the largest emergency shelter in Oregon serving unhoused men, women and children. We have 13 buildings on 7.5 acres, all owned debt-free by the Eugene Mission. Thew view from Chambers Street overpass is just the back side of our oldest (and least visually appealing) building.

We have a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen built in 2016, a bright and airy Women’s Center built in 2013 with a Mother’s and Children’s Center. We also have newly renovated Family Therapuetic Day Use Area, Culinary Arts Kitchen and Computer Lab inside of our Learning Center. Since transitioning to our Relational R3 Programming, we have designed the former Men’s Center in a 14-Day Rescue Shelter. We also have a Conference Center, a 3-story Men’s Life Change building, staff apartments, several warehouses, storage buildings, outdoor meeting spaces, and a beautiful fruit tree garden maintained by our women guests and volunteers.

Our staff and volunteers take great care in maintaining our facilities and grounds at a high level of cleanliness. People touring our facilities often remark on the pleasant and hygienic surroundings.

Lack of Concern for the Community Myth

The Eugene Mission does not care that it attracts vagrants who trash the neighborhood near the Mission.

Facts: We care deeply about our neighbors, both the vulnerable unhoused individuals we serve and the broader community which we are a part.

We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.