Shelters need donations to keep homeless warm

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland metro area is in for a cold night and for those who live on the streets, it’s a fight to find a way to stay warm.

Stormie has been homeless pretty much her entire life and now she’s up against Mother Nature.

Stormie has been homeless for most of her life. (KOIN)

“I just lost my husband 3 years ago. I’m losing my daughter,” she said. “I’ve lost my entire family.”

Life hasn’t always been easy for her and so many others.

“Lately it’s been getting really cold,” Stormie said. 

After days of snow falling and melting, many people who sleep outside are dealing with soaking wet clothes and blankets. 

The Saint Francis Dining Hall is asking for donations of warm clothes and blanets for the homeless. (KOIN)

“There’s nowhere really to do laundry,” said Kerry, who is also homeless. “You know a lof of us can’t afford it.” 

That’s where Miriam Montes and the Saint Francis Dining Hall in SE Portland come in. They serve hot meals Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. and offer clothes to those in need, but they need donations for more.

“Most of them are really miserable right now, to be honest,” Montes said. “There’s a lot of new faces that come in because it’s cold.” 

Many homeless service providers are seeking donations to keep those without a roof warm and comfortable as we brace for more freezing nights. 

Montes said right now, they have a lower supply of blankets, coats and tarps, especially warm things for me.

“We seem to get a lot of donations for [women],” she said. “We do have a higher population of men that are on the streets than women, at least that are using our facilities.” 

“Stay warm!” Kerry said. “I’m going to try. That’s the best I can say.” 

How to donate to other shelters 

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