The 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count & Homeless Connect will occur Jan. 31. If you or someone you know is sleeping in a car, living out of doors, staying with family or friends, couch surfing or staying in shelters, then this may be your opportunity to connect with service providers in one location.

Future services for individuals in need of safe, permanent housing are determined by this one-day community intake, and all information collected will be confidential and anonymous. Resources will be made available at Homeless Connect Provider Stations at the following locations:

  • Roseburg — Presbyterian Church, 283 Lane St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Yoncalla/Drain — Christian Assembly Church, 195 Birch St., Yoncalla, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Glide — Helping Hands Pantry at 7th Day Adventist Church, 19085 North Umpqua Hwy, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All locations will provide a hot meal. Are you interested in volunteering for this important event? Contact Karen McGuire at United Community Action Network at 541-672-3421.

The Four Chaplains Ceremony will honor the 672 service members who perished on Feb. 3, 1943, during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester, and in particular the four chaplains aboard the ship who sacrificed their lives for others.

One ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb 2, at American Legion Post No. 123, Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S. Pacific Hwy., Tri City. Information: 541-863-7575.

The other ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at American Legion Post 16, 406 SE Oak Ave., Roseburg. Information: 541-672-4635.

A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on President’s Day, Feb. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S Pacific Hwy, Tri-City. A flag retirement ceremony is an event where old and worn-out American flags can be disposed of in an honorable manner. It is accompanied by a short ceremony and the respectful disposal, usually by incineration, of the flags.

If you or someone you know has a flag that’s ready for disposal, consider bringing it to this ceremony. For more information call 541-863-7575.

On President’s Day, American Legion Post 123 will be placing 195 American flags throughout Myrtle Creek, Tri-City and Canyonville. Seeing the flags proudly waving is a beautiful sight and well worth the drive.

This is a great reminder of how local veterans groups make our communities a better place to live. If you’re interested in volunteering to place flags, or participating in many of the other great events throughout the year, consider contacting the post and finding out how you can help.

The Roseburg VA is seeking hospice volunteers. Volunteers provide a critical role in the hospice needs of veterans, and their activities include visiting veterans, listening to their needs, answering questions related to care and comfort requests, visiting with the veteran’s family and communicating concerns to VA supervisors. Requirements include attending a monthly hospice volunteer meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m., and, above all, being able to remain confidential at all times.

The next recruitment for volunteers is in February. People interested in volunteering must attend a volunteer orientation; complete four hospice classes; have generally good physical, mental and emotional health and be able to provide their own transportation to and from the hospice facility.

Interested? Contact the Roseburg VA at 541-440-1000, ext. 40238.

Do you have information of interest to Douglas County veterans? Contact John McDonald at jd.mcdonald.jd@gmail.com or 541-580-6178. He is a combat veteran with more than 18 years of military service and serves in the Oregon National Guard. He is also a member of the Douglas County Veterans Forum, the Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee, the Patrick W. Kelley VFW Post 2468 and the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post 16.

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