Hello Friends of Hosea,

So much of what we hear in the media, discuss with our families, friends and co-workers, and see all around us has to do with the homeless crisis. In a meeting today someone commented, “the homeless in Eugene have now just become part of the landscape”. And we are all asking questions like, “why so many homeless?”, and “what can we do to help these people?”, and “there are many jobs available, can’t they just get a job?” etc., etc. The problem of homelessness is massive, complicated and very expensive.

The overwhelming majority of our young guests at Hosea are coming from extreme family dysfunctions and trauma and it’s easy to see why they are living on the streets and struggling with addictions, poverty, relationships and mental health. They were born into situations which were very unhealthy and destructive. However, even for those who were born into or placed into good families, the destructive influences of our world can have significant impact in dragging them down.

And what are these influences? First there are the influences of alcohol, gambling, pornography, violent video games and movies, marijuana, the effects of divorce, etc. Then there’s the illegal influences of narcotics, prostitution, sex trafficking, child pornography, child abuse and neglect, etc. And then there’s PTSD, other mental health issues, fetal alcohol syndrome and neonatal abstinence syndrome. As a culture we have allowed and caused much of the damaging influences around us, bringing so much pain, trauma and despair.

The more our staff and volunteers serve our homeless young people, hear their stories and get to know their hearts, I realize that homelessness is not a “they issue”, it’s a “we issue”. The collective “we” has through the years allowed, introduced and caused all of these harmful influences which ultimately tear people down, causing pain, hopelessness and despair. 

The more our staff and volunteers serve our homeless young people, hear their stories and get to know their hearts, I realize that homelessness is not a “they issue”, it’s a “we issue”. The collective “we” has through the years allowed, introduced and caused all of these harmful influences which ultimately tear people down, causing pain, hopelessness and despair. 

I’m convinced more than ever that if we’re going to have any impact in the fight against homelessness, we must realize it’s so much more than just providing more housing. We must look deeply into the heart of our fellow man and provide assistance in healing the pain and darkness that is there. We must show there is a better way and walk with them toward a life of health and purpose.

Since homelessness is a “we” problem, it’s going to take the collective “we” to reach out and truly make a difference. I believe we have some responsibility to do what we all can, small or large, with our time and money, to assist those who have been so harmfully impacted by the adverse influences of our culture.

At Hosea, we are meeting young people at such a critical time in their lives. While they have experienced much trauma and pain, most still have hope of a better life! A life off the streets, lives filled with joy, health and purpose. It’s essential to help them with their mental health, their physical health, their spiritual health, their ability to stay employed, the challenges of their daily lives, the ability to navigate the complexities of this world, and empower them to break the ugly cycle and pass a healthy lifestyle on to their children. 

Please call me at 541-301-8553 or email me at brad@hoseayouth.org if you have any questions about our service. 


Brad Bills
Executive Director

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