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Posted on: December 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] A Veteran Home for the Holidays

A Veteran Home for the Holidays in action: 1st/last/deposit helps brings stability to Air Force veteran Clayton Castle and his family.

Clayton served in the Air Force from 2000- 2003, stationed in Missouri and Oman, Saudi Arabia. He and his family became homeless when their landlord needed the rental for his own family. Clayton moved his family into a local weekly motel where they have been living for the past 3 years. He works full-time as a shift lead in a local metal fabrication company, but living expenses consume all his paycheck. The 1st/ last/deposit from A Veteran Home for the Holidays, made it possible for his family to move into their own apartment.

A Veteran Home for the Holidays
Without help from our community, this veteran and his family would not be able to ever get ahead. Other local veteran families are in the same situation, unable to qualify for existing programs due to income ineligibility, etc.

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St. Vinnie’s is able to donate the couch and beds because they were donated from the community. “I’ve been in this business 30+ years and we can never get enough beds,” said Terry McDonald, St. Vinnie’s executive director. “Donations from the community are critical. And we need more beds.”

All donations to St. Vinnie’s are either given directly to someone in need, or sold in the St. Vinnie’s Thrift Stores, whose revenues support the Agency’s charitable mission.

Also present at the event: The Honorable Kitty Piercy, Mayor, City of Eugene; Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr; Terry McDonald, Ex. Dir., St. Vincent de Paul; and Anne Williams, St. Vincent de Paul Housing Programs Director.

Please join us in contributing to this effort to raise some funds to house homeless vets who have given so much. This is a big lift but if we all contribute, it is doable to reach our $60,000 goal. All the information about how to contribute and what it pays for is on the flyer. If you have been thinking about how you can help, and especially in this season of giving, please consider doing this!

To help house a homeless veteran, please contact Rebecca Larson at 541-743-7121 ( or Anne Williams at 541-743-7127 (

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