Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center finds a new home
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center has officially relocated to downtown.
The center is a non-profit that provides services to the homeless.
After being homeless itself, the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center finally has a place to call its own.
“These people have been told year after year that we haven't had a place, and we have a place, we're just going to go to it and here we are,” Aleita Hass-Holcombe with the center says.
The center spent July at First United Methodist Church after its lease expired earlier this year. Now, it’s been granted a temporary lease on 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis.
“We see people who are experiencing homelessness, we see people who are just experiencing a bad day and we see people who, for one reason or another, have alcohol and drug disorders; mental health is still a big thing,” Hass-Holcombe says.
The non-profit provides services such as a clinic that signs up people in need for healthcare, mail services, someone to talk to and even a little snack.
“Donuts work for us,” Hass-Holcombe says.
But, the center is now a neighbor to a handful of businesses downtown, and some are worried about their clientele.
“I think a lot of business owners downtown, it's like, oh okay, less people coming through our door because they're uncomfortable with coming in or don't want to be around downtown, that can be pretty damaging,” John Semadeni with Corvallis Cyclery says.
While other businesses don’t seem to mind.
“I'm pretty open, I think it's a good thing and we'll have to wait and see where that goes,” Richard Currier with The Toy Factory says.
Hass-Holcombe says the center plans to partner with Stone Soup, a non-profit it Corvallis, to expand the new space into shelter.
“That foot of the building will be fixed up, commercial kitchen, takes a lot of money and a lot of time,” she says.
All in hopes to help those in need.
The hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. It extends those hours until 2 p.m. for Fall and Winter hours.