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Herbert A. Templeton Foundation Partners with SVDP La Pine to Combat Winter Food Insecurity and Sickness

In a heartwarming display of compassion and community support, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation has generously contributed $5,000 to SVDP La Pine, aimed at reducing food insecurity and sickness during the coldest months of winter in South Deschutes. With La Pine’s elevation soaring over 4,000 feet, the onset of freezing temperatures as early as September poses significant risks, especially for the large and dispersed homeless community living in the area.

The harsh realities of winter in La Pine are stark, with many individuals and families residing in prefabricated homes, RVs, tents, cars, and makeshift structures scattered throughout the vast forests. The threat of freezing temperatures looms large, exacerbating the vulnerability of those without adequate shelter. Tragically, according to the Portland-based Street Roots Organization, 17 people lost their lives while homeless in various counties, including Deschutes, during the first half of the year, with the cold undoubtedly playing a role in these fatalities.

Recognizing the urgent need to provide life-saving assistance, SVDP La Pine’s propane voucher program emerges as a beacon of hope. Supported by the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation’s generous contribution, this program provides essential propane provisions to over 1,200 families and individuals in need annually. The propane vouchers enable residents to heat their homes and cook meals during the coldest and darkest months of the year, offering a lifeline of warmth and sustenance to those facing adversity. Learn more about our social services.

The partnership between the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation and SVDP La Pine underscores the power of collective action in addressing pressing community needs. By joining forces, they are not only alleviating immediate hardships but also fostering resilience and hope within the community.

On behalf of SVDP La Pine and its community, heartfelt gratitude is extended to the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation for their unwavering support and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable. Together, they illuminate the path toward a brighter, more compassionate future for all in South Deschutes.

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