BEND, Ore. -

The Bethlehem Inn, Central and Eastern Oregon’s only emergency shelter for both single adults and families, is proud to announce it has been awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant from the Bend Foundation.

“We are thrilled with this endorsement and show of support from the Bend Foundation” stated Gwenn Wysling, executive director of the Inn. “This challenge grant will allow the Inn to essentially double the investment of donors contributing $1,000+ donations during our annual Spotlight on Homelessness fundraising dinner.

"Proceeds from the May 6 dinner at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center will be dedicated to providing a warm, safe place to sleep, meals, clothing and support services – all vital components of the Inn’s program serving the disadvantaged adults and families in our community.”

The Bethlehem Inn provided shelter, food and support to 822 individuals and children last year; over 67,000 meals were served to those in crisis and another 1,473 food boxes were provided to those in crisis. Another 341 non-residents received food and support services.

To learn more about the Bethlehem Inn and how Transform Lives with Shelter, Help and Hope, please call 541.322.8768 or visit www.bethleheminn.org. Donations may also be mailed to Bethlehem Inn, P.O. Box 8540, Bend, OR 97708.