New Eugene shelter Everyone Village focuses on current homelessness and future goals

Everyone Village’s waitlist application asks people what their barriers to housing might be and how long they’ve lived without shelter — difficult questions for people in difficult situations.

But it also asks people about their goals, interests and strengths. 

The founders of Everyone Village, a unique shelter community and one of Eugene’s new Safe Sleep sites, are hoping to build something new that allows people to heal from the trauma of living unsheltered and foster their ambitions for the future.

“We don’t want to tell people what their next chapter is. We want them to tell us and then we have the privilege of saying, ‘OK, now let us come around you and help you make that real,’ ” said Gabe Piechowicz, co-leader of Everyone Village and pastor at Everyone Church. “This is a place for hope and love and community to grow from and spread out.”

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It Takes a Village

Gabe Piechowicz scans a 3.5-acre lot scattered with RVs and points to an area out in the open field. “That’s where the Ferris wheel will

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