BY MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
The unexpected death of their executive director led to some unanticipated circumstances at Redemption House.
“We found ourselves grieving the death of a friend and colleague, yet also having to attend to the nuts and bolts of getting the shelters open and going,” said Mike Wilson, interim executive director for Redemption House.
Greg Sanders led the Prineville nonprofit that manages Crook County’s homeless shelters. He passed away suddenly October 4th.
While Sanders played a major role in keeping Redemption House up and running, he also provided the 3rd Street space for administrative volunteers.
“Paying bills, taking offerings, taking donations, fielding calls from people, fielding calls from volunteers,” Wilson said. “It’s just kind of the hub from which a lot of our operations exist.”
With Sanders’ passing, the lease ended and Redemption House is now scrambling for office space, sending their plea out to the community and hoping to find something at low- or no-cost within the next couple of weeks.
“This office space provides…it’s kind of the ground zero for everything else that we do,” Wilson said.
Luckily, the landlord will allow Redemption House to remain until the end of the year free of charge.
But Wilson says while he is grateful for this act of generosity, a new space needs to be found sooner rather than later so they can continue serving Crook County.
“Like many parts of Central Oregon, our housing is slim and none. It’s hard to find vacancies. We’re just trying to do what we can to keep people off the streets. Particularly this time of the year,” he said.