For the last few months, the Eliot Neighborhood Association board members have been participating in providing and serving dinner once a month to the residents at Walnut Park Shelter. According to the website for Multnomah County, “The Walnut Park Shelter, at 5329 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., will provide nighttime accommodations for up to 80 people, with special priority for veterans, people 55 and older, those with disabilities, and people already experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the neighborhood. The shelter will open daily at 5 p.m. and close at 7:30 a.m.” There is no kitchen available on site but the staff is friendly and the residents appreciate the meals served.
“Taking food to the shelter is very humbling,” says Jere Fitterman, Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Chair. “The folks are friendly, appreciative and genuinely kind. Everyone should have the opportunity to bring and serve. You’ll see the houseless differently after you get to interact with them. To provide food, contact me in order to schedule a date for your group.” You can email Jere Fitterman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can contact the shelter directly at 503-488-7762.