Emergency voucher program changes sites

The emergency voucher program of Gorge Ecumenical Ministries has changed locations beginning Feb. 10.

The program, which offers emergency assistance, will be available Monday-Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 400 11th St., in Hood River.

From 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. and weekends, vouchers may be obtained from the Hood River Police Department, Second and State streets.

“We’ve had some bumps and starts this past year with the voucher program,” said EVP coordinator Rev. Maggie Sebastian. “It’s wonderful to have this kind of community support to make the program available to people in desperate need.”

“We’ve been so blessed by Providence Hospital staff and chaplains who have helped distribute vouchers for some of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Rev. Anna Carmichael, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “The move to St. Mark’s as the distribution site will present new opportunities for other community volunteers to participate in serving those in need. These are exciting changes.”

EVP provides emergency vouchers for food, gasoline, cab, and motels. Clients may receive assistance only once every 12 months. The program also administers Greyhound bus vouchers using funds from the Salvation Army.

Vouchers will no longer be available at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

If you are interested in learning more about serving as an EVP volunteer, contact Carmichael at 541-386-2077 or revannacar-michael@gmail.com.

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