|Location:||Oregon, United States|
As some of you know, I am presently visiting a friend in Eugene, Oregon. We spent a couple of days in Portland for Christmas, and naturally had to spend some time at Powell's bookstore!
If you're here in Oregon, you already know that the local economy is in terrible shape and there is a growing homeless population in Eugene and Portland. I'm writing this hoping that someone will step up and help one young woman I encountered during my visit.
She looked about 18-20 years of age and was sitting on the ground with a few bags outside Powell's on Christmas Eve. There was a young man with her. They both looked clean, suggesting they had not been on the streets very long. They both gave me the impression of being decent young people who were in unexpected trouble -- there was nothing to suggest drug abuse. The young woman looked so humble and ashamed . . . I gave her some money, because being a visitor here, there was nothing else I could do. The young man took the money and bought her a cookie. Then I realized they hadn't eaten anything nourishing for a while, and I gave them a little more money, enough for them both to get at least one good meal that night.
We went back to Powell's on Christmas Day and she was still there, alone this time. I'm out of cash and couldn't do anything more. But I can't stop thinking about this girl. It's so cold and windy and miserable here right now.
Is there anyone in Portland, or nearby, who could do something for this young woman? I can't say for sure she's still camped outside of Powell's (the main store on Burnside), but I suspect she is either there or nearby. I'm begging anyone at Care2 who has a spare room or some other way of helping this girl to step up and rescue her. She's not safe out there on the streets, and like I said, I saw nothing to suggest she is an addict or would cause problems for someone who tried to help. I didn't get her name . . . she had a light complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair, petite build. She had a very large duffel bag (maybe an Army bag?) and some other small bags and was seated directly in front of the entrance to Powell's. I think you could find her if you were willing to help.
My instincts tell me that she is really a good young person who just needs a helping hand. If you can help, please go look for her. Please. And let me know what happens if you do.
Thanks so much.