White Bird Clinic

Lifeline Mobile Phone Program Offering Unlimited Calling During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline program provides monthly discounts on phone and broadband service to qualifying low-income consumers (one per household). You qualify for Lifeline Based on Your Income and If You Use SNAP, Medicaid, or Other Programs.

Many fixed (landline) Lifeline carriers already offer unlimited local and toll-free calling to their subscribers, and mobile wireless Lifeline carriers that are temporarily offering unlimited calling to subscribers during the COVID-19 pandemic include the following:

For in-person assistance, stop by 323 E 12th Ave Monday through Thursday 9:30am to 1:00pm to get help completing your application from a real person or contact a carrier listed below.

Eugene/Springfield Lifeline Carriers

Shelter-in-Place Supply Drive

White Bird Clinic at 341 E 12th Ave. is operating as a distribution site for people experiencing homelessness. Unhoused individuals can access resources, pick-up supplies, and learn about COVID-19 prevention and symptoms.

Individuals who are already safely sheltering in place elsewhere are advised to stay where they are and access supplies through the distribution site or outreach teams. We need help supplying these folks with tents and tarps, sleeping bags, and personal care items that can help to clean, comfort, and groom a person’s body while they are sheltering-in-place.

Items can be dropped off between 9am and 5pm or you can contact us to arrange for a pickup.

You can also support our efforts by donating directly to our COVID-19 campaign. We’re in this together ❤️

COVID-19 Centro de Recursos

Ahora Abierto

Punto de registro de lugares temporarios de refugio, suministro para tiendas de campana, evaluación de COVID-19, ropa, agua potable, estaciones de para lavarse las manos, y baños. Abierto diariamente de 9am a 5pm

341 E 12th Ave, Eugene, OR
541-342-8255

Recursos de la comunidad


Ayude a proteger nuestra comunidad

Estas son algunas ideas para mantenerse seguro

Mantenga su lugar limpio

Limpie toda las superficies que sus manos hayan tocado, antes y después de ser usadas, con tallas desinfectantes, alcohol (de al menos 60%), o cloro (agua lavandina).

Si usted se enferma

Quédese en casa si usted puede y trate de minimizar el contacto cercano con otras personas. Controle su fiebre, y evite estar con otros mientras usted este enfermos. Si usted tienen que estar alrededor de otras personas, use un barbijo así de esta manera usted no tose en los demás y transmite el virus. Si los síntomas se transforman en severos, valla al servicio médico de urgencia o al departamento de emergencia.

Cuide de usted mismo

Si usted está en cuarentena, atienda su salud mental y asegúrese de tener todo lo indispensable y el mayor apoyo posible (apoyo emocional, alimentos, higiene, medicamentos, económico) White Bird Clinic tiene servicios de telesalud, consejería, tratamientos de salud mental y los beneficios de servicios de asistencia están disponibles para ayudar.


Servicios de Crisis: White Bird es el servicio primario de Lane County de servicio gratis de intervención de crisis. Por más de 50 años, nosotros hemos estado ofreciendo servicio inmediato, a corto plazo, por teléfono las 24 horas del día.

541-687-4000
1-800-422-7558

CAHOOTS: Asistencia de ayuda en caso de crisis en las calles CAHOOTS provee 24/7 inmediata estabilización en caso de urgencia médica o crisis psicológica, información y referidos, consejería, y asesoramiento en los pasos a seguir en terapia.

Eugene: (541) 682-5111
Springfield: (541) 726-3714

Completed Masks

Mask Makers Wanted

White Bird is collecting masks that meets local and national guidelines for safe use and actively recruiting community members to assist us in the sewing and construction of Personal Protective Equipment. If you have the interest, skills in sewing, and access to sewing machine or tools of your own, please complete the contact form below.  White Bird is providing materials to volunteers and will handle sterilization of completed gear prior to use and distribution where appropriate.

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COVID-19 Resource Center

White Bird Clinic has partnered with the City of Eugene, Carry it Forward, and Lane County to develop a comprehensive sheltering system that will allow unhoused individuals to choose the shelter option that best meets their needs. Providing unhoused individuals a place to shelter-in-place along with the rest of the community improves public health and reduces morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Supporting community-wide sheltering in place is the surest way to protect the whole community’s health.

 

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White Bird will operate the system’s resource distribution hub, providing tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and personal hygiene items. Diverse sheltering options are offered as available: support services for an existing encampment, motel rooms for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, indoor shelters, and designated temporary shelter sites. Camp sites and shelters host food distribution, hygiene facilities, and social services upon request.

Designated temporary shelter sites are locations where small groups of people (up to 10 people or 6 tents) can camp in tents or vehicles with appropriate social distancing, and will be supported with hygiene stations (portable restrooms and handwashing stations), food and supplies, and welfare checks. The locations will also have privacy fencing in place to help support the security of the site. The sites are managed by White Bird and Carry It Forward, local homeless service providers.

Why are these sites being established?
Based on CDC guidelines, the City of Eugene is working with our partners at Lane County and Springfield to reduce the need for people to travel around the community to access basic needs and shelter. Reducing this movement helps protect everyone. Since these vulnerable community members may not have a home to “stay home” in, we are working to help them shelter in place or create places where they can be safely. In addition to our mobile homeless outreach teams and hygiene stations, designated temporary shelter sites are another strategy to help flatten the curve and reduce community transmission of COVID-19.

Why are they located in our community center parking lots?
As a result of the current Stay Home Save Lives order, City community centers are closed to the public at this time. The closure of the centers provides the opportunity to utilize currently unused parking lot space to create small, temporary sites for people who need a place to take shelter. The configuration and location of the sites support CDC recommendations for social distancing for people who are unhoused and allows them to be secure and managed by local social service providers. In addition, having people on-site at the closed community centers may also help reduce negative activity at the centers as there will be people nearby to discourage that activity.

In addition, as part of its COVID-19 response, Lane County has also established two temporary respite sites where unhoused individuals can receive services, including a safe place to sleep, meals, showers and medical screenings. The first site, in Eugene, is the Lane County Fairgrounds. People showing no symptoms or signs of illness will be placed in the convention center. Those who are showing signs of illness will be directed to the Wheeler Pavilion. The second site, in Springfield, is the Memorial Building, owned by Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

Lane County has contracted with St. Vincent de Paul to operate the shelter aspect of these sites and is working with Occupy Medical as the medical screening resource. Participation in the service is voluntary. Only the individuals staying at one of the locations overnight will have access to the facilities.

Who will be at the designated temporary shelter sites?
The sites will be designated for people experiencing homelessness who are unable to find shelter. In order to get an assigned space at the shelter sites, individuals need to check-in at the White Bird distribution site first and receive a basic medical screening. Asymptomatic high-risk individuals, such as people over 65 or with certain underlying health conditions (respiratory, compromised immunities, chronic disease) may be prioritized for these sites.

How long will they be located here?
We don’t have a specific timeline at this point, but we anticipate it will be for the duration of the Stay Home, Save Lives order.

How will the sites be managed?
The sites will be managed by local social service providers, White Bird and Carry It Forward. Site staff will provide ongoing health check-ins with shelter site participants and general upkeep of the site to help ensure the health and safety of individuals at the site and minimize impacts to the surrounding area and neighborhood.

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Who do I contact if I have a concern?
For specific site concerns you can contact Alex Farmer with White Bird Clinic at 541-342-8255. For questions for the City, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-682-5010.

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White Bird Clinic Receives $675,000 as Part of CARES Act

More Funding Critical as Health Centers Face Financial Uncertainty Due to Pandemic

It was announced Tuesday that 30 Oregon Community Health Centers (CHCs) will receive more than $23 million in federal funds to help health centers detect, prevent, diagnose, and treat those dealing with COVID-19, as well as maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address this public health emergency. Awards in Oregon range from about $522,000 to a little over $1.7 million per health center.

Health center funding is being made available immediately, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $1.3 billion to 1,387 health centers across the nation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

“Oregon’s CHCs are thankful for this supplemental funding during these unprecedented times,” said Joan Watson-Patko, OPCA’s Executive Director. “However, the fact remains that additional immediate emergency funding is essential in order to keep health centers open. Oregon’s health centers have stepped up to meet the needs of the communities they serve to care for patients in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in doing so, face huge financial losses that could impact their ability to provide care. Recent analysis estimates the financial impact of COVID-19 to health centers in Oregon is over $57 million.”

White Bird Clinic, for example, has stood up additional services and programs at significant cost and strain to existing operations. “Additional emergency dollars have made it possible for health centers to innovate and respond to their communities,” said Chris Hecht, executive coordinator at White Bird Clinic in Eugene. “However, the investments made today do not support the long-term viability of community health centers. Our programs have reduced hours and services and we’re furloughing staff to support our response to the current crisis. When it’s over, many health centers may not have the resources to reopen closed programs.”

White Bird Clinic provides primary care and dental services, a drug and alcohol treatment program, crisis intervention, and homeless case management with priority to those who are unserved, underinsured, disabled and/or homeless. “Community health centers are uniquely positioned in the health care system to immediately respond to emerging community needs in a way that isn’t possible for our government or larger health system partners,” said Hecht.

Federal Community Health Center funding is set to expire on Nov. 30 without action by Congress. “Ensuring long-term stable funding for community Health Centers is critical so Oregon CHCs can continue to provide care now during this pandemic and in the future,” said Watson-Patko. “As part of the largest primary care network in the United States, our health centers remain committed to keeping their doors open and to providing care to people who may otherwise not have access to services and those hardest hit during economic downturns.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Supplemental Funding

$23,256,870 to support 30 health centers

HEALTH CENTER GRANTEE CITY STATE FUNDING AMOUNT
ADAPT ROSEBURG OR $567,350
ASHER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FOSSIL OR $522,530
BANDON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER BANDON OR $551,075
BENTON COUNTY CORVALLIS OR $711,800
CENTRAL CITY CONCERN PORTLAND OR $663,530
CLACKAMAS, COUNTY OF OREGON CITY OR $859,565
COLUMBIA RIVER COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES BOARDMAN OR $600,230
COUNTY OF LANE EUGENE OR $1,102,715
KLAMATH HEALTH PARTNERS INC KLAMATH FALLS OR $704,840
LA CLINICA DEL VALLE FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER INC MEDFORD OR $1,166,525
LAPINE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LA PINE OR $637,175
LINCOLN, COUNTY OF NEWPORT OR $608,360
MOSAICMEDICAL PRINEVILLE OR $930,515
MULTNOMAH, COUNTY OF PORTLAND OR $1,763,780
NATIVE AMERICAN REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION INC PORTLAND OR $581,345
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER PORTLAND OR $872,150
NORTHWEST HUMAN SERVICES, INC. SALEM OR $733,175
ONE COMMUNITY HEALTH HOOD RIVER OR $750,950
OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY PORTLAND OR $777,770
OUTSIDE IN PORTLAND OR $640,580
RINEHART MEDICAL CLINIC WHEELER OR $522,680
ROGUE COMMUNITY HEALTH MEDFORD OR $747,845
SISKIYOU COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. GRANTS PASS OR $830,930
TILLAMOOK COUNTY TILLAMOOK OR $597,005
UMPQUA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC ROSEBURG OR $740,945
VIRGINIA GARCIA MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTER ALOHA OR $1,578,245
WALLACE MEDICAL CONCERN, THE PORTLAND OR $653,195
WATERFALL CLINIC, INCORPORATED NORTH BEND OR $576,590
WHITE BIRD CLINIC EUGENE OR $675,860
WINDING WATERS MEDICAL CLINIC ENTERPRISE OR $587,615

About CHCs:

Oregon’s community health centers deliver integrated medical, dental and behavioral health services to many of the state’s most vulnerable communities through over 200 locations statewide. Over 430,000 Oregonians receive their care at a community health center, including one in four people on the Oregon Health Plan. Over 73% of patients live below the poverty line, and 94% live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Over 75% of community health centers have clinic sites serving rural communities, 30% of Oregon’s community health centers are federally recognized as Health Care for the Homeless locations, and 33% are designated as Migrant Health Centers.

Friday Whiteaker Food Distribution

White Bird in collaboration with the Mission, NAACP, and CALC will be distributing food to unhoused folks on Fridays between noon and 1pm. We’ll be set up in the front yard of CALC which is on Blair opposite New Day Bakery.

Almuerzo Gratis los Viernes!

Un almuerzo para llevar es disponible para todos los miembros de la comunidad cada viernes por la tarde en Whiteaker!

Porqué acceso a comida es un derechos humano.

White Bird Clinic, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon Unit 1119, y Eugene Mission estan comprometidos a servir y habilitar a todas las comunidades marginalizadas cuyas necesidades no se satisfacen durante esta pandemia. Hispanohablantes disponibles. No se requiere identificación personal.

Please help spread the word.

How can I help?

White Bird is currently operating a COVID-19 Resource Distribution Center and asks for your support.

Donations can be dropped off at 341 E 12th Avenue between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM, 7-days a week. We have someone posted outside that can assist. We are also accepting cash contributions online for our COVID-19 fund. For people who wish to volunteer during this crisis, United Way is coordinating opportunities here.

Here are the supplies we need the most (as of 4/23/20):

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags (adult size)
  • Clothing (adult size)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Individual bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Larger bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Appropriate clothing for men and women
  • Socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Stocking caps
  • Masks for clients
  • Masks n95 and level 2/3
  • Gloves latex or non-latex (medium and large are the most popular sizes)
  • Clorox wipes or any wipes that adequately clean surfaces
  • Thermometers for mass temperature checks
  • Gowns
  • Shoe and Boot covers
  • Easy snacks (cup of noodles, granola bars, etc.)
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Spray bottles

We will look for ways to be a force and resource multiplier for community resources in order to support our community with the donations we receive. Thank you for support.

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Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

Looking for our COVID-19 community resource page? We moved it over here.

As leaders on the frontlines of mental illness and substance abuse disorder treatment, we know how difficult it can be to cope with the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 amidst the loss of familiar resources. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. The White Bird Crisis line will continue to be accessible 24/7 by phone at (541) 687-4000. For an in-person response, CAHOOTS continues to operate 24/7 at this time, if you are in Eugene please call (541) 682-5111, for those in Springfield please call (541) 726-3714.

Telehealth

Telehealth appointments are available for both new and returning Counseling and Chrysalis clients. Intake forms for new clients are now available online.

Online Support Groups

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7 Cups: www.7cups.com Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish.

Emotions Anonymous: www.emotionsanonymous.org An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide. The EA is nonprofessional resource and cannot be a replacement to therapy.

Support Group Central: www.supportgroupscentral.com Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions – free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.

The Tribe Wellness Community: www.support.therapytribe.com Free, online peer support groups which is tailored to members who are facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.

For Like Minds: www.forlikeminds.com Online mental health support network that allows for individuals to connect with others who are living with or supporting someone with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and stressful life events.

Guidebooks & Tip Sheets

The NAMI HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide may be helpful if you have questions or concerns.

SAMHSA’s Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

Text/Chat

News about the coronavirus can increase feelings of anxiety. If you’re struggling, text Mental Heath First Aid to 741-741 to talk to a CrisisTextLine counselor.

HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) offering mental health support during school closures

In light of school closures due to COVID-19. HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) is offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of high schools in the 4J, Springfield, Bethel, Oakridge and South Lane school districts. The phone line is staffed by crisis counselors who normally work the HOOTS school clinics, or work on CAHOOTS.

The phone line is accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Video support is available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and is accessed by emailing hoots@whitebirdclinic.org with your name and preferred time. We are able to provide short term counseling and mental health support, resource referrals and OHP sign up.

  • For students, families and staff of 4J, Eugene Charter and Bethel High Schools please call (541) 246-2342.
  • For students, families and staff of Springfield, Oakridge and South Lane High Schools please call (541) 246-2332.

The White Bird Crisis line will continue to be accessible 24/7 by phone at (541) 687-4000. 15th Night will also be continuing to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at (541) 246-4046.

For an in-person response, CAHOOTS continues to operate 24/7 at this time, if you are in Eugene please call (541) 682-5111, for those in Springfield please call (541) 726-3714.

Health Alert: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The interim guidance we’re providing is based on what is currently known about COVID-19. We will update this interim guidance as additional information becomes available. Call the Lane County Help Line at 541-682-1380 between ​​​​​​​9am-4pm, M-F or visit www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus for the latest information.

White Bird Clinic is actively monitoring and preparing for the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities. The safety and health of our clients, volunteers and staff is our priority.

In times of crisis, White Bird is a key agency in the continuum of care for our community. We are Lane County’s Crisis Intervention Service. We are the Mobile Crisis and Medic response team for Eugene-Springfield’s Public Safety System. We are a member of Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).

Our emergency services are crucial, and we will continue to provide compassionate humanistic healthcare and supportive services to individuals in our community to the best of our ability, so everyone receives the care they need. Operational changes and closures will be posted to our web site.

Misinformation is spreading quickly, so be certain to rely on the resources provided here or from the Center for Disease Control and PreventionOregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health.

Coronavirus Symptoms are similar to the flu: coughing, fevers, and shortness of breath. The virus spreads in two main ways:

  • A sick person coughs or sneezes very tiny droplets full of the virus. A well person close by (within 6 feet) gets those droplets in their nose or mouth, or into their lungs.
  • The droplets land on a surface or objects, or from the sick person’s hand after covering a cough. A well person touches something with the virus on it, then touches their own nose or mouth or face.

Be aware of your most vulnerable neighbors

Anyone can get infected. Most people have mild symptoms and get better on their own. Some people get very sick, especially those who are older or have other serious health conditions (heart or lung diseases or weak immune system).

Help limit the spread of infections

  • Wash your hands when you can, especially with soap and warm water. Or use sanitizer. Both can help.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing personal items — cigarettes, food, utensils etc. — as much as possible.
  • If you have a new cough and might be sick, cover your nose and mouth with a mask or bandana, or stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible. Try to spread out your camp. If possible, sick people should sleep separately from well people.

Taking care of a sick person

There is no specific medicine for COVID-19. Mildly sick may look like: cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever and aches. Try: sleep, rest, Tylenol for fever (no aspirin or nsaids), and drink fluids

If someone gets very sick, get medical help right away.

That looks like difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, or they’re unable to drink or keep liquids down. An ambulance will come like usual if you call 911. The paramedics will be wearing extra masks and coverings to keep themselves healthy so they can keep working.

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New Billboard Promotes White Bird Dental Clinic

We have a new billboard to promote White Bird Dental Clinic​ up by the Crisis Services Center at 990 W. 7th Avenue. The campaign is part of our effort to spread the word that the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members have dental coverage that covers annual cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and other services that keep teeth healthy. Help spread the word!

Key messages

  • English: Oregon Health Plan members have dental coverage.
    Spanish: Los miembros del Plan de Salud de Oregon cuentan con cobertura dental.
  • English: The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) covers annual cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and other services that keep your teeth healthy.
    Spanish: El Plan de Salud de Oregon cubre limpiezas anuales, radiografías, y otros servicios de rutina que mantienen a tus dientes saludables.

The Invisible Class

On Thursday, Feb. 6th at 6:30pm at the Broadway Metro Theater, Encircle Films will present “The Invisible Class,” a film that explores what it means to be homeless in America, challenging stereotypes and examining the systematic causes of mass homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. A panel discussion with Benjamin Brubaker, clinical co-coordinator at White Bird Clinic, will follow and White Bird staff will be available with copies of the new resource guide, “The Little Help Book,” a navigation book for people experiencing homelessness in Eugene.

Broadway Metro Theater
888 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 686-2458

$9 ADULTS
$8 STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$6 SENIORS (62+)

SOLD OUT

Hearts for Hospice logo

White Bird End of Life Counseling

White Bird has received a generous grant from Hearts for Hospice to assist uninsured clients with End of Life Counseling services, in addition to supporting community outreach and education, training, and operational expenses for the project. White Bird End of Life Counseling is a compassionate, client-centered service that provides support for psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual issues related to death and dying. Our goal is to help ease people through the process of dying, especially those who could not otherwise receive support or services. When a person is terminally ill and has few resources, they may wait until their health deteriorates to the point of hospitalization before seeking services. This means not getting the necessary care until it’s unavoidable. Once the person is ill enough to visit the emergency department, they may be hospitalized or transferred to a nursing home. Our End of Life Counseling program seeks to serve clients who may otherwise be at risk of these stressful outcomes.

The project is lead by Amy May (MSW, QMHP), a member of the White Bird Counseling Department and the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets) team. She has a personal interest in end of life counseling and providing emotional, mental, and spiritual support for people who traditionally have difficulty accessing counseling services. These difficulties may include behavioral issues, substance use disorder, lack of in-home services due to lack of housing, or difficulty maintaining housing. Her beliefs stem from a concern that the dying process is overlooked in our culture, rather than recognized as something sacred and crucial. End of life counseling seeks to help people accept that process and to become at peace with all the difficulties and unknowns. Traditional hospice services partially fill this role, but do not provide ongoing mental health counseling and may be inaccessible to people who are unhoused.

White Bird will provide end of life counseling in clients’ homes, by addressing the social determinants of health, coordinating care, and providing case management. When a person is terminally ill and has few resources, they may wait until their health deteriorates to the point of hospitalization before seeking services. Eugene and Springfield are served by several hospice programs, but only ours provides ongoing therapy at home. We combine the end of life doula model with mental health counseling, with special emphasis on low income and unhoused community members. Before our program, the area had only two such doulas, neither of whom were counselors. The project will serve a need for people who may be socially isolated, low income, housing insecure, disengaged from the social service system, or face other barriers to accessing hospice services.

Dental Office

White Bird Dental Clinic Grand Opening Celebration!

EUGENE, OREGON – The grand opening of White Bird’s expanded dental clinic will be January 23rd from 4pm to 6pm. The community is invited to tour the new facility at 1415 Pearl St. and celebrate with us.

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our state-of-the-art clinic. Take a tour, have a bite to eat, and meet our team.

Too many unhoused and low-income community members need dental care that they cannot access. White Bird Dental has responded by building a larger clinic that increases capacity by over seventy percent and accommodates twelve dental chairs. The new facility will make it easier for community members suffering from dental pain to get immediate, walk-in access to a dentist, and also allow White Bird to serve more elderly patients, children, and families.

White Bird has invested $2.5M to develop a state-of-the-art facility that provides acute and preventative oral health care to our community’s most vulnerable residents. The clinic’s design features the latest innovations in modern dentistry in a bright, airy space. The facility lets patients know that they are valued members of the community who deserve excellence in health care.

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White Bird Street Medicine Program Kickstarter Campaign

Help Us Kickstart the Street Med Program at White Bird

Too many unhoused and low-income community members need medical care that they cannot access. In response, White Bird has developed a Street Medicine service, which will provide mobile health care in partnership with community nonprofits and government agencies. The service will reach vulnerable populations and deliver services directly to communities of need.

White Bird’s innovative service will help patients sustainably manage chronic diseases, promote preventative health, respond dynamically to evolving needs, and improve outcomes among communities disenfranchised from traditional healthcare.

The mobile clinic’s team will include a medical provider plus two clinic staff. Housed in a twenty-two-foot trailer, the clinic will provide a fully equipped exam room, capable of supporting acute and preventative care, on-site treatments, and office procedures.

As a link between clinical and community settings, the service will eliminate barriers to access for medically disenfranchised community members, who are disproportionately affected by many illnesses due to disparities in social determinants of health. These disparities represent a key area to target in order to better our community’s overall health and decrease healthcare spending. Mobile medical services have been shown to produce significant cost savings and represent a cost-effective care delivery model that improves health outcomes in underserved groups.

The Street Medicine program will also help patients navigate the larger healthcare system and connect them with medical and social resources in the community. Contact us for more information or click here to help us fundraise for this effort.

We are looking for a cargo van with a tow package to help us get this program off the ground! If you or someone you know has one they would like to put to immediate good use, please contact us at info@whitebirdclinic.org. Gifts to White Bird Clinic, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please click here to support this program

The Dental Clinic Has Moved!

In response to the burgeoning community need, White Bird Dental Clinic has moved to an expanded facility at 1415 Pearl Street. The newly renovated building will allow us to serve nearly 75% more patients!

Poor oral health presents significant challenges for many unhoused community members. According to Trillium Community Health Plan, many of their patients don’t ever see a dentist. The last two Lane County Community Health Improvement Plans identified access to affordable dental care as a major priority. The dental clinic was founded in 1995 and has grown continuously since then. The twenty-three-year-old facility was the limiting factor in White Bird’s ability to meet the increased community need for oral health care.

White Bird Clinic has a history of identifying, assessing, and responding to community need by leveraging existing resources. The dental expansion project is a central component of White Bird’s mission of service to low income, under-served community members. After moving, the current clinic facility will be renovated to add a walk-in clinic to White Bird Medical. The new service will provide an alternative to hospital emergency room visits for low-income patients suffering an acute issue, offering compassionate and expert care and substantial cost savings for the community.

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Free Oregon Birth Certificate for Persons Who Are Homeless

A birth certificate is an important legal document. It is needed to apply for other forms of identification (such as a driver’s license, Social Security card, or state ID card) that you need in order to:

  • Work
  • Get a place to live
  • Apply for and receive public assistance, and
  • Remove other barriers.

Starting July 1, 2018, individuals who are homeless can come to White Bird to get help ordering their Oregon birth certificate free of charge. We will

      • Help you complete the birth record order form
      • Give you information on what documents are needed
      • Provide you a check for payment

You will need to mail your order form, check, documentation, and completed application to Oregon Vital Records. Vital Records will mail your birth certificate to you in care of the address on the order form.

Can I get my birth certificate for free if I was born in another state?

This program is for persons born in Oregon. Check with the state where you were born to see if they offer free birth certificates to persons who are homeless.

Do I have to provide proof of identity?

Yes. A list of acceptable proofs of identity is on the Oregon Vital Records website. If you don’t have acceptable proofs of identity, we will help you work with Oregon Vital Records to determine what information is needed to release your birth certificate.

Can I get free birth certificates for my family?

No. The grant program was established for individuals who are homeless to get their own birth certificate free of charge. This grant program does not provide funds to get family members’ birth certificates.

Where will my birth certificate be mailed?

Your birth certificate will be mailed to the address on your order form. The envelope will be addressed to you since it is your birth certificate.

Will I be able to use the birth certificate to get other documents such as an Oregon identification card or driver’s license?

Yes. A birth certificate is a legal document used to establish identity. It shows who you are, and when and where you were born. Your birth certificate is a legal document and is confidential. Be sure to keep it in a safe place.

For more information, please contact Homeless Case Management at 541-342-1295 or drop in at 323 E 12th Ave, Eugene OR 97401 during walk-in hours.

Walk-In Hours
Monday: Walk-ins: 12-2 pm
Tuesday: Walk-ins: 12-2 pm
Wednesday: Walk-ins: 12-2 pm
Thursday: Walk-ins: 12-2 pm

Appointments outside of walk-in hours are available by request.

Cold Weather is Here

White Bird’s Stay Warm Drive Activates

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EUGENE, OREGON – With the onset of cold weather, our most vulnerable community members who are living outdoors face freezing winter conditions. White Bird Clinic is sending out a call for any and all winter gear, particularly socks, warm gloves, blankets and sleeping bags.

For those who spend most of their time outdoors, winter in Eugene can be dangerous, as wet, cold weather makes it hard to stay healthy. Your donation of winter gear makes a difference for people who don’t have a warm and dry place to live. White Bird asks you to partner with us to support under-resourced community members and strengthen our shared culture of caring for one another.

Please bring donations to our main clinic building at 341 E 12th Ave. in Eugene:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Coats/Jackets/Sweaters
  • Warm pants
  • Socks/Gloves/Scarves
  • Rain gear
  • Tarps

We’re happy to pick up larger donations. Please call 541-342-8255.

White Bird’s Front Room program offers a warm and dry space. Open from 8am-10pm daily and located at 341 E 12th St. in Eugene, we welcome the community to come in from the cold.


In 1969, a group of student activists and concerned practitioners came together to provide crisis services and free medical care for counter-culture youth in Eugene, OR. Having grown continuously since then, today White Bird Clinic has 10 programs, 220 staff members, and more than 400 volunteers each year.

To celebrate fifty years of service, White Bird is growing, demonstrating our commitment to serving low income, under-resourced community members. We’re expanding many different programs at once, so we’re turning to the community for support and partnership. Please call 541.342.8255 or visit www.whitebirdclinic.org to donate to the project of your choice.

Make a Difference: Join our Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Team

White Bird Clinic invites you to help make a difference in the community by becoming a Peer to Peer Fundraiser. You can help to grow and expand programs that provide help and hope to vulnerable populations in need.

What is Peer-to-Peer Fundraising?

Peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising allows our supporters to become advocates and fundraise on our behalf. P2P fundraisers reach new networks in creative ways that carry our message and mission to new audiences.

How can I become a P2P Supporter?

It’s easy! Complete a P2P form for the project(s) of your choosing and we will create a custom web page for you to share on social media and in email. Exponentially quantify your impact by reaching out friends and family to ask for their support to help us build a healthy and strong community for all.

To begin, choose a campaign image below to learn about the programs we are working to fund. When you’ve selected the program you want to fundraise for, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the “Become a Fundraiser” link to get started.

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Could I see some examples?

Sure! Mary and Gabe Phayt are raising money for CAHOOTS. Take a look at our Clinic Coordinator’s page here and our Dental Program Coorindator’s page here.

Donate Now

Not ready for P2P yet? Donate now as an individual or business instead or mail a contribution to White Bird Clinic, 341 E 12th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

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CAHOOTS Mobile Mental Health Intervention Program In The News

White Bird’s CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) program continues to make headlines. CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell correspondent Omar Villafranca went on a ride-along with CAHOOTS to see them at work and learn why the program is being considered by cities across the country.

NBC News featured the team’s approach in their feature “Taking police officers out of mental health-related 911 rescues.”

Denver police officials said they are considering the model as an option to push beyond their existing co-responder program. New York City is looking to the program as “a model for non-police response to non-criminal emergencies.”

Salem nonprofits are looking at the model for mobile crisis response. “CAHOOTS gets 2 percent of the police budget, but with that 2 percent they handle 17 percent of public safety calls,” said Ashley Hamilton, who’s helping spearhead the idea.

Rogue Valley law enforcement, mental health professionals and advocates, elected officials and other concerned community members gathered at the Medford Police Department to hear Tim Black talk via Skype about the program in September. In November, city commissioners are expected to discuss how the program would work in Portland.

The power of White Bird’s CAHOOTS program lies in its community relationships and the ability of first responders to simply ask, ‘How can I support you today?’ White Bird Clinic is proud to be a part of spreading this type of response across Oregon and the rest of the United States. Please consider a donation to help us expand our model.

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A Night for Sight Benefit Concert

Via a new arrangement with the Give Me Sight Foundation, Dr. John Haines with Oregon iLasik and Refractive will begin providing roughly three free cataract removal surgeries per week for White Bird Clinic patients. To generate funds to support their work, they are hosting a “Night For Sight” benefit concert event on November 22nd at The Shedd. The featured musical act will be The Good Time Travelers.

5:30pm Dinner – Enjoy the Newly renovated Main floor area of The Shedd

Social Hour with Open bar
Causal Buffet Style Dinner
Silent Auction and Quilts sponsored by Oregon Pacific Bank

7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) -8:30pm Music with Friends

Video clips of Mission Work
Introductions and Recognition
John Haines, Music with Friends

8:30pm- 8:50pm Intermission and Silent Auction Closing

8:50pm – 9:50pm The Good Time Travelers

The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental acoustic duo with vocal harmonies and a stage presence so big that they have been described as a “2-piece power-trio”. Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. They’ve performed around the country at festivals such as Big Sky Big Grass (MT), Northwest String Summit (OR), Folk Alliance (MO), Winter Wondergrass (CA/CO), River City Roots Festival (MT), Beartrap Festival (WY), Mystic Hot Springs Music Festival (UT), and Salmonfest (AK). The Good Time Travelers have opened for Bluegrass greats such as Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, and Del McCoury & David Grisman.

9:50pm- 10:00pm Check out and an evening ends

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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Open November 12 through November 19

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist will be open from November 12th at 8:00 am through November 19th at 4:00 pm. White Bird is here to help people apply. Our sign up hours will be 10-4 throughout the entire time the list is open. Call our specialists Sarah at 541-246-1621 or Brenda at 541-246-2333.

Applicants can also apply for the waitlist online or at both of the Homes for Good offices.

The Lane County, Oregon Section 8 program is currently working with families through lottery number 3000 from the 2017 waitlist. They have contacted all 3,000 applicants who were selected in the 2017 Section 8 Waiting list lottery.

Section 8 Wait List Downloads and Resources

For applicants on any waiting list, you MUST maintain a current mailing address at all times as you will be contacted through the U.S. Mail when your name comes to the top of the waiting list. If your mail comes back as undeliverable, or if there is no response because you moved and mail was not forwarded, your file will be canceled and you will need to reapply when the waiting list reopens. Address changes should be made by calling 541-682-3755 or by emailing