Eureka, CA (September 19, 2014) – More than ten organizations in Humboldt County that help the homeless
and less fortunate have received gently used blankets and bedding that
will help keep men, women and children warm. St. Joseph Health –
Humboldt County donated the items, totaling nearly 1,000 pieces, to several
agencies in August, including: Betty Chinn Day Center, Eureka Rescue Mission,
Serenity Inn, Healing Ring, Rio Dell Baptist Church/Ruth's Room, Fortuna
Community Services, North Coast Veterans Resource Center, Willow Creek
Community Health Center, Arcata House Partnership and the Multiple Assistance Center.
The gently used blankets and bedding were declared surplus after St. Joseph
and Redwood Memorial Hospital Hospitals recently chose new patient care
bedding. "The bedding we donated to local organizations that help
the homeless, even though it's gently used, is in great shape,"
said Joy Victorine, Social Work Coordinator at St. Joseph Hospital. "The
items are made from hospital-grade material and when we ordered new patient
care bedding we did not want to just throw the old bedding away. We're
thrilled it's now being put to good use in a new way."
With this donation, organizations such as the Eureka Rescue Mission will
be able to have all the same sheets and blankets on their beds. "The
bedding has been washed, cleaned and folded – that is huge,"
said Bryan Hall, Sr., Executive Director of the Eureka Rescue Mission.
"Many of us may take something like this for granted but having clean
bedding as a homeless person means a lot." Martha Shanahan, Director
of Community Benefits for St. Joseph Health, added "Not only will
a new blanket give a homeless person a boost, but it could also help a
person stay warm and avoid getting ill. Our mission as a Catholic health
care organization isn't just about treating the sick – it's
also about treating the whole person."
The largest donations went to the Eureka Rescue Mission, Betty Chinn's
Day Center and the Arcata House Partnership because they serve the largest
number of homeless individuals locally. Many of the other agencies who
received blankets will be giving them to those who need them in the community,
which will add to the distance and number of people who will benefit from
this donation. St. Joseph Health would like to recognize Mission Linen
for their work storing, washing, sorting and delivering the blankets.
Photo 1: Bryan Hall, Sr., Executive Director of the Eureka Rescue Mission, Amy
Bubenik, Manager of Environmental Services for St. Joseph Health and Joy
Victorine, a Social Work Coordinator at St. Joseph Hospital, pose with
hundreds of blankets that were donated to several local organizations
that help the homeless and less fortunate.
Photo 2: Joy Victorine hands a stack of blankets to Bryan Hall to be used at the
Eureka Rescue Mission.
Photo 3: Family shelter beds at the Eureka Rescue Mission now have new sheets and
blankets on them.