Eugene Mission

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Eugene Mission is Eugene/Springfield's only full-service wellness center for the homeless, providing its guests with a path off the streets, both for the short-term and long-term, by sharing the hope and love of Christ in word and in action!

The path off the street for our unhoused neighbors begins with access to a 7- day stay in our low barrier Rescue Shelter. Here a guest of our Rescue shelter is provided with all the basic comforts in a safe environment which allows a person who is in crisis or chronically unhoused to stabilize. Once stabilized, our guests can begin to make choices for their future. A Rescue Shelter guest will have the opportunity for continued shelter and services if the guest seeks admission to one of our transformational programs: Life Change or the R3 Academy.

While on-site services are limited to our residential guests, we have begun regular mobile outreach efforts to reach out to those who are still outside. We will deliver these resources TO people in need either through mobile outreach directly or through coordinated agency transfers of essential supplies. We are working closely with community partners to support THEIR residents as well as those completely unhoused in our community.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Eugene Mission
PO Box 1149
Eugene, OR 97440


Phone: 541-344-3251

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 930563797

CEO/President: Sheryl Balthrop

Chairman: Jason Friesen

Board size: 11

Founder: Jack Gossard, Robert Freeman and John Huber

Ruling year: 1955

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


"Rescue + Revitalize + Restore" - We are not a homeless shelter in the traditional sense. While we certainly provide our guests with food and shelter - and do so with an abundance of God's love - the Eugene Mission's ultimate goal is to provide holistic long-term solutions that lead to the long term wellness of our guests in Eugene/Springfield.

Mission statement

To demonstrate God's love by compassionately providing emergency services and long-term solutions to help our homeless neighbors transition back into the community with gainful employment, sustainable income and stable housing.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating211 of 107636 of 143
Fund acquisition rating390 of 107749 of 143
Resource allocation rating113 of 107714 of 143
Asset utilization rating492 of 107672 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$631,545$0
Short-term investments$2,187,913$2,031,677$2,086,433$1,946,880$1,910,016
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,177,704$4,313,977$4,209,522$5,033,127$3,658,240
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,058,430$5,058,364$5,135,586$5,255,652$5,455,535
Other long-term assets$25$25$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$5,058,455$5,058,389$5,135,586$5,255,652$5,455,535
Total assets$9,236,159$9,372,366$9,345,108$10,288,779$9,113,775
Payables and accrued expenses$17,492$10,683$9,773$706,505$9,403
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$17,492$10,683$9,773$706,505$9,403
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$17,492$10,683$9,773$706,505$9,403
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$9,218,667$9,361,683$9,335,335$9,582,274$9,104,372
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$9,218,667$9,361,683$9,335,335$9,582,274$9,104,372
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,808,646$5,058,935$5,045,635$6,428,202$4,298,373
Program service revenue$29,121$16,041$29,733$12,942$18,412
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$187,216$194,781$109,541$58,946$94,234
Other revenue$1,645$3,950($21,219)($8,373)$4,754
Total other revenue$217,982$214,772$118,055$63,515$117,400
Total revenue$5,026,628$5,273,707$5,163,690$6,491,717$4,415,773
Program services$4,529,057$4,303,930$4,782,777$5,298,331$3,974,520
Management and general$266,042$285,993$248,311$248,272$327,801
Total expenses$5,165,867$5,020,867$5,509,715$6,057,653$4,689,306
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($139,239)$252,840($346,025)$434,064($273,533)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($139,239)$252,840($346,025)$434,064($273,533)


Sheryl BalthropExecutive Di$164,185
Dana GraySr. Dir of O$80,977

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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1950 - The former Shield of Faith ministry operated a small mission on the second floor of an old store in downtown Eugene where the Eugene Hilton stands today. Meals were served to hungry, traveling men. No beds were provided.

1956 - The Eugene Mission was incorporated by three Christian area businessmen - Jack Gossard, Robert Freeman and John Huber.

1962 - Ernie Unger became the Mission's new executive director, replacing Roy Gable. The Eugene Mission relocated to a farmhouse at 1925 Roosevelt Boulevard, still providing meals only for a variety of men.

1967 - A new facility for men, complete with 50 beds and a cafeteria, was built in our current location at 1542 West 1st Avenue.

1971 - A dayroom was added, which provided a warm, dry place to stay, for guests at all hours - complete with laundry facilities, haircuts, and a gathering area, as well as additional dormitories for men. The population changed from traveling men to many with mental illness, addictions, criminal history.

1979 - A new women's center was built with 50 beds. Refuge for homeless women; help for domestic abuse and addictions.

1998 - A mothers and children's center with 34 beds was built. A safe haven from domestic violence, help for moms without jobs, quilts, teddy bears and stability for children!

2011 - Ernie Unger, 77, stepped down as executive director to join his wife, Pat in retirement after 50 years of serving the homeless in Eugene/Springfield. Executive director Jack Tripp took over the helm of the 7.5 acre, 11 building campus with beds for 400 people each night and serving over 500 meals each day.

2012 - Sustainability efforts begin - bees, flower and vegetable gardens, and chicken coops have been established around campus.

2013 - The launching of our new Life Change Program - a faith-based, 12-18 month residential relapse prevention/recovery program for men and women - offered free of charge! Our in-house recovery team helps guests get to the root of their addictions, bad choices, and resultant homelessness, providing them with life skills, tools and hope for their future. Opening of the new, one-level, modern Women and Children's Center, with beds with a capacity of 85-100.

2015 - An expanded focus as a Wellness Center for the Homeless, providing a full range of social service case management to provide our guests long-term solutions out of homelessness. Still loving our neighbors by providing meals - 700+ each day, and beds - 400 each night, free clothing, toiletries, and God's hope!

2020 - Our approach is to address the root causes of homelessness by sharing Hope and by offering programming tailored to the specific needs of our precious guests. We intend to leverage the 7 acre campus God has blessed us with to address the complex underlying causes of the suffering we see on the streets. We are inviting community partners to serve alongside us on the Eugene Mission campus to meet our guests where they are and to support them with resources, classes, activities, and life skill mentoring as they move toward self-sufficiency. We are developing a revitalization curriculum that addresses the full spectrum of guest wellness. The courses and activities include expanded chapel services and Bible studies, social interactions, health (including addiction recovery), vocational training, and educational advancement. We seek to provide our guests with the tools and framework needed to permanently re-integrate into a healthy community.

We are delighted to announce that on July 6th, we will be officially continue to implement the new 2020 vision to the public and welcoming our first new guests through our new "Rescue Shelter" and transformational programming model.

The significant change will be the new "Path Off the Streets" for our unhoused neighbors. This path begins with access to a 14- day stay in our low barrier Rescue Shelter. The shelter can be accessed at our west campus gate at 2nd and Chambers Street via a 9 a.m. check-in (or lottery) time. The Rescue Shelter stay will be capped at 14 days. A Rescue Shelter guest will have the opportunity for continued shelter and services if the guest seeks admission to our transformational programming.

The next step of a guest's stay involves transition from the Rescue Shelter to the 21-day Pre-Program in either our Men's Center or our Women's Center which will be sober and secure. (Please note there will be a separate check-in procedure and programs for Mothers with Children that can be accessed at the Eugene Mission Women & Children's Center.)

There is a path for anyone who is willing to work on themselves and who is safe to be a part of our community here at the Eugene Mission. Our Revitalization Programs are welcoming and provide a personalized plan based on the individual's goals and social, vocational, mental, and physical health challenges. The individualized plans will support our guests in addressing barriers.

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