We're Hiring! Click here to learn more about our Drop-In Manager Position.
Hosea is expanding! For the past 20 years, Hosea has operated out of our drop-in center, which has acted as a hub for youth to access needed resources or services such as meals, laundry machines, showers, toiletries, and sleeping bags and tents. At Hosea, we believe that helping youth meet their basic needs is a vital step in transitioning off of the streets. At our drop-in center, we have been helping youth meet their basic needs for many years and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon; however, we are changing the formula.
Our mission is to help youth create and sustain healthy lives away from the streets. To do this, we believe we must offer more than just resources or meals. Over the past several years, we have developed various programs that we believe can help youth transition off the streets. Two such programs are Hosea’s Vocational Placement Program (VPP) and Life Discovery Program (LDP). Our VPP helps youth obtain and maintain work and our LDP is geared towards helping youth take their first steps towards getting off the streets.
Currently, we are looking to hire a Drop-In Center Manager (DM) who is passionate about helping youth succeed in creating healthy lives away from the streets. The (DM) would work alongside other Hosea staff to help youth enroll into the right programs for them. Additionally, the DM would act as an advocate for youth in the drop-in, to ensure that youth are having their basic needs met. The DM would work with fellow staff to help train and develop interns and volunteers on working with Hosea’s specific demographic of youth, as well as how to best help youth succeed.
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About the Drop-In Center
HOURS: The Drop-In Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Our Drop-In Center provides hospitality and first response to young people who are being impacted by the streets. Volunteers and Hosea staff make every effort to know our young people’s names, stories and needs so that we can help them feel welcome, at home, safe and supported. The young people who walk through our doors have access to:
- A welcoming environment
- Family-style dinners
- A computer lab
- A Phone
- Living room with games
- Opportunities to learn and grow in their personal relationship with God
Between the hours of 3:00 – 5:00pm via appointment, youth have access to:
- Referrals to education and medical resources
- Counseling and guidance
- Computers with printing capabilities
- Assistance with resume building, job searching and filling out job applications
- Searching for housing and filling out housing applications
- OHP Applications
- College enrollment
- And more!
Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00pm we have Mentor Supported Life Skills Classes that include:
- Education preparation and support
- Cooking classes
- Job readiness and support
- Bike repair
- Basic Automotive repair and maintenance
- Outdoor survival
Life Discovery Program
The Hosea Life Discovery Program is meant to give our young people holistic opportunities and support (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual). Our desire is to meet our young people where they are at and give them opportunities to be kids and experience new things, while at the same time giving them the necessary skills to create healthy and sustainable lives away from the streets and grow in their ability to engage the community around them and give back. Youth participating in the Life Discovery Program are held to different standards than youth simply accessing resources. There is a higher level of accountability, expectations, responsibilities, engagement, and commitment.
The Life Discovery Program offers youth:
- Relationships with caring adults to mentor them and invest in their lives
- Educational support
- Job support
- Housing support
- Opportunities to:
- Redefine what family and friendships look like with peers in their lives
- Experience life away from the streets, like camping and river rafting
- Give back to the community and other young people struggling with life on the streets and in at-risk situations
Hosea is concerned with moving these kids off the streets and not merely providing services that keep them safe and healthy while living on the street. Kids that walk through our doors find that Hosea places emphasis on personal relationships and spiritual well-being.
Equal Opportunity Provider
We are often asked if we are a Christian organization.
Hosea is a faith-based public charity. We do not withhold services based upon race, belief, political views, ethnic background, sexual preference or gender.
Hosea is an equal opportunity provider.
We seek to meet people where they are, and extend them every courtesy.
We do believe there is a spiritual component to humanity and we are free to respond to spiritual matters when interest has been expressed by a guest. We provide voluntary opportunities for meetings to consider faith issues.
“I was brought to Hosea by a group of friends one day. They said free food and I was in no position to say no. It was rainy, cold and I was fiercely hungry. Hosea has done so much more than just feed me. They love me! They actually care. I went from having nothing to have a home— they are supportive, truly kind and loving people. They put a smile on their faces even when they’ve had a hard day and maybe don’t want to. They have always gone that extra mile just to make sure we are happy. They genuinely want the best for us, no matter what wrong/harm we’ve done. It makes me smile just thinking about them. It makes my heart smile to know there are still caring humans out there!! If it weren’t for them, I’d be in the same spot I was 6 months ago. Now I go to school, have confidence and am living with a friend temporarily.” – Makayla
Hosea's Drop-In Center
834 Monroe St.
Eugene, OR 97402
Most Urgent Needs
- YOU: Volunteers
- Monthly Support (Donations)
- Winter Garments (esp. coats)
- Clean, New Undergarments
- Backpacks & Jeans
- Camping Equipment
- Paper and Cleaning Supplies