HELPING THE AT-RISK AND HOMELESS YOUTH OF LANE COUNTY, AGES 16-24, TO BUILD LIVES OF HOPE AND PURPOSE.
At Hosea Youth Services (HYS), we are striving to break the ugly cycle of trauma, despair, pain, addiction, and homelessness. The large majority of the young people we serve haven’t chosen this lifestyle; they were placed into it. They overwhelmingly were born into family situations that were filled with abuse, abandonment, poverty, addictions, and trauma. Once you learn their story, you understand why they are filling the holes in their hearts with drugs and sex, which ultimately leads to other significant issues.
We all know that homelessness in our area, the West Coast, and in our country is a significant very significant issue. We are striving to “catch” our young people now, to provide the support and services they need to work through their barriers and get to a place where they can take care of themselves. The road to a life of health and purpose is long and hard, and we must do all we can to come alongside and show them a pathway out.
At our Resource Center, strategically located on the corner of 8th and Monroe in Eugene, we offer food, clothing, toiletries, outdoor supplies, showers, laundry facilities, computer access, charging stations, lockers, pet kennels, a napping room, first aid supplies, a tool box, and a safe place off the streets. While we are meeting many physical needs, ultimately, we are working to develop relationships so we can learn their story and how we can best help them work through their barriers.
And just what are those barriers?
- Lack of education
- No identification
- Physical health challenges
- Addiction issues
- Mental health challenges
- No family support
- Unhealthy partner relationships
- A culture of entitlement
Regardless of the family situation, our young people are born into, there are so many systemic and negative forces within our culture that can lead someone into addiction, illness, hopelessness, and despair. And we believe every one of us has the responsibility to do what we each can to assist our fellow man work back toward restoration, health, and purpose.
Will you join in this effort?
We would like to give a special thanks to all of our Meal Groups for serving three meals, or more,
a week providing over $23,000 of in-kind donations to HYS.
How You Can Help
Since 1997, Hosea Youth Services has Provided:
Items of Clothing
Kids Reached Out to & Served
Opportunities for Ministry
Hours of Volunteer Service
A Special Thank You from Hosea Youth:
It’s not supposed to be this way...Abandonment and Lack of Care A couple of weeks ago, Amber (assumed name) showed up. She was quiet, respectful and very appreciative of our services. Since she kind of kept to herself, we didn’t know much of her story. Then one day...
(Inside the church on 8th & Monroe)
834 Monroe Street
Eugene, OR 97402
Hosea Youth Services Project is a registered 501 (c)(3) non profit organization, EIN 84-4695431.
All donations are tax-deductible in full or part.
Connect with HYS
Most Urgent Needs
- YOU: Volunteers
- Monthly Support (Donations)
- Winter Garments (esp. coats)
- Clean, New Undergarments
- Backpacks & Jeans
- Camping Equipment
- Paper and Cleaning Supplies