Shepherd’s House Redmond Center
Central Oregon has seen a troubling 28% spike in homelessness in just one year. In response to this pressing issue, Shepherd’s House took a proactive step by opening Redmond’s first low-barrier houseless shelter. This is a game-changer because, for nearly a decade, they’ve been running a seasonal cold-weather shelter, continually searching for new locations each year.
When an opportunity arose in the form of a former restaurant, our team swiftly assessed the space, diligently examined zoning and building codes, and enthusiastically embarked on the design process. The result is the Redmond Center, a place where 48 individuals, including men, women, and children, can find shelter every night and where over 800 meals are provided on a weekly basis.
This facility goes beyond the basics, offering a range of on-site wrap-around services, including case management, counseling, healthcare support, and assistance with housing resources through partnerships within the community.
The architectural design strikes a delicate balance between comfort and resilience. The primary aim is to ensure that visitors not only feel safe but are also inspired to undertake long-lasting, positive transformations. Space has been thoughtfully optimized to include a versatile multi-purpose room, a professional-grade kitchen, three dedicated sleeping areas, and private accommodations for families, alongside essential support spaces. The high ceiling in the common area creates an open and welcoming atmosphere, even when the facility is bustling with activity. In the sleeping areas, lowered ceilings contribute to a cozy ambiance.
Security was a central concern during the project’s development. A meticulous approach to design has resulted in unobstructed sightlines throughout the building, reducing the reliance on security cameras. The generous use of doors and windows with substantial glazing fosters a sense of connection within the facility. The color palette, drawn from the Shepherd House logo, combines soothing blues and warm wood tones, enveloping the environment with a welcoming and safe atmosphere that is uniquely branded.
The ultimate aspiration is for residents to not only regain their footing but also return one day as volunteers, embodying the ethos of community and reciprocity.
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