For two years I had a dream of founding a Stand-down for Homeless Vets that will come from the private sector. There is a divide that can come to an end in my lifetime. I talked to a gentleman at our Community Garden about having our neighborhood welcome the new VA Healthcare Center. We talked about a Veterans Community Garden hours before I would go to the Ken Kesey Square. This house sits like an oasis, and can be a monument to our vanishing past.
After the ceremony I talked with the developer, Terry Moreland, about his giving thanks to the Register Guard for giving the Vet Clinic a very good deal on the property on Chad that is 500 yards from this vacant home. On January 11th. I proposed a Newspaper Museum be built in Ken Kesey Square. I felt this was a sign of things to come.
“How about a Newspaper Museum and Reader’s Sanctuary?”
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When I read OCCUPY Medical moved to Springfield, I considered contatacting them about our flowers for Vets idea. Vets hav made up the homeless population. Perhaps OM can grow and sell flowers for funding. I will have to get this idea to them ANONYMOUSLY because I have labeled on par with a Child Molester by Kim Hafner, Krysta, Belle, and Alley who I suspect were trying to hijack my sober success story and aplly i to the funding they were after, They came after me when I inquired about SLEEPS non-profit status. Kim Hafner knows all about that. “or the past seven years, Occupy Medical has provided health care to anyone who needs it. The group spent years at the downtown Park Blocks, then moved for one year to a building on Ferry Street before bringing its buses and tents to Washington-Jefferson Park.
Now they are packing up the tents for good as they move to a permanent new medical building in Springfield on Centennial Boulevard near Mohawk Boulevard, not far from Walmart and WinCo.
Occupy Medical began in 2011 as a first-aid tent during the Occupy movement, says Sue Sierralupe, its clinic manager. The chance to get doctor examinations and affordable prescription medication drew in hundreds of people who didn’t have health care. In 2012, the group began a weekly clinic in the parks.
“We are the only free clinic in our area,” Sierralupe says.
Before deciding to move to a permanent medical clinic, Occupy Medical rented a building on Ferry Street from 2016 to 2017, which gave the volunteers an idea of what a sheltered location could offer.
“I acknowledge that people prefer to have us closer, but we are still very close. We would have loved to have a place close to downtown Eugene and Springfield, but there weren’t any options,” she says.