'This kind of weather, when it gets 15 degrees out, I’d be dead right now if I was outside'

'This kind of weather, when it gets 15 degrees out, I’d be dead right now if I was outside'

EUGENE, Ore.-  The Eugene Service Station on Highway 99 provides services including warm shelter and meals during the day for homeless adults.

While Egan Warming Centers open during freezing nights, few shelters are available during frigid daytimes.
 
As a homeless senior, Thomas Rivas believes the services are imperative.

“This kind of weather, when it gets 15 degrees out, I’d be dead right now if I was outside. These people are God-sent, and they’re the best,” Rivas said.

The Eugene Service Station has been serving the community for 18 years. It’s open year-round from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to local adults.

When Egan opens, the facility welcomes daytime guests at 6 a.m. so nobody is left out in the cold.

Keith Heath works at the facility. 

“The Eugene Service Station is a place you can come in the daytime and get your daily needs met and not have to deal with the elements out there,” Heath said.

The services station provides breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

There are also laundry and shower facilities.

Warm clothing, tents and sleeping bags are distributed to those living outside in a tent or in a car. 

“I have friends that are just camping by the train tracks,” said homeless resident Randy Ivey. “They don’t have heat. Just to have a hot meal, shower, and clean clothes changes everything.”

Because of extreme temperatures this year, the Service Station is asking for the public's help. 

They say socks, sleeping bags, boots, and hats are most in demand. 

You bring your donations to the service station at 450 Highway 99 North during normal business hours.

Nearby LTD bus lines: 40, 41, 43, 95

Hours of Operation: 7 Days a Week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. except 2nd and 4th Sundays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.