What is the extent of homelessness in Chelan and Douglas Counties?
Homelessness has risen to a crisis across the western United States over the past decade. Chelan and Douglas counties are no exception. Over the past five years the number of homeless individuals has risen. In 2017, there was a spike as 370 households were found to be homeless.
What is the Point-In-Time Count of Homelessness?
Each year localities across the country organize a Point-In-Time Count of homelessness to assess how many households are homeless. These numbers help inform policy-makers at the federal and state levels as they allocate funds to assist communities in combating homelessness. Having an accurate count is the key to ensuring that the right amount of resources are distributed to the community.
How can residents of Chelan and Douglas counties get involved?The City of Wenatchee is seeking volunteers to participate in the annual homeless census, and to staff a homeless outreach event at the Wenatchee Community Center. Volunteers will work with members of the homeless community volunteers to fill out surveys, sharing a midday meal, and distribute donations of cold weather clothing and hygiene items.
Sample Volunteer Tasks
- Participate in direct outreach to the homeless wherever they are sheltering
- Serve hot meals
- Fill out Point-In-Time Count surveys with the homeless
- Sort donations
- Distribute donations
- Event set-up and take-down
Unable to volunteer? Consider donating needed items.
- Hooded sweatshirts
- Winter jackets
- Wet wipes
- Dry shampoo
- Hand sanitizer
- Feminine hygiene products
Where are donations dropped off?
Donations can be dropped off at:
Women’s Resource Center: 202 Palouse St., Wenatchee, WA (9 AM – 4 PM)
Catholic Charities: 145 South Worthen St., Wenatchee, WA (8 AM – 5 PM)