Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton is comprised of people from all walks of life concerned about the disadvantaged in our community, especially those who do not have a home of their own and find themselves living on the street. We are all volunteers and come from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Our members are committed individuals, many representing faith-based organizations, service clubs and businesses. All have come together in an effort to help those in need.
We will provide the homeless in our community with warm and safe overnight accommodations within a quiet and welcoming atmosphere from November 1 through March 31 when the potential for hypothermia is elevated. We will furnish homeless and other needy individuals basic sustenance in coordination with other local charitable organizations. We will support the homeless in their efforts to end their homelessness.
Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton is a registered non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. All operations undertaken by N2N are conducted by community volunteers. The IRS has classified N2N as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Board of Directors establishes the operational procedures and policies
for Neighbor 2 Neighbor. The Board meets at least
once a month. Meetings are normally held at the Warming Station.
In the spring of 2011 a group of concerned organizations and
citizens met to discuss the plight of the homeless in our
community. The group identified as its number one
priority the need for a winter warming shelter. Sandy
Kimbrow, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, took the
lead in this effort. With the support of many dedicated
volunteers and several public meetings, the City of Pendleton
agreed that the Pendleton Warming Station could use the city-owned building on 12th Street.
That fall the Warming Station was officially identified as a part of the local Methodist Church. A Board of Directors was established, policies created and the Warming Station opened its doors on November 15. Between that time and its closing the following spring the station hosted 88 different individuals and received a total of 1088 visits. While some in the community had not believed that homelessness was a problem in Pendleton these statistics provided hard evidence of the need for the Warming Station.
Due to its proximity to Washington Grade School, the city's permit required that the station close by 6:00 AM daily. In 2012 the Day Center was established to give homeless guests a place to go during those cold morning hours.
In 2013 the Board of Directors re-named the organization Neighbor 2 Neighbor. In addition to the Warming Station and Day Center, N2N also assumed management for Veda's Breakfast, a Sunday breakfast served by Veda Spencer at the Methodist church to anyone who came.
In 2014 Sandy Kimbrow left Pendleton and Chris Clemons assumed the position of Board Chair and Executive Director. A short time later the board decided to create an independent organization named Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton. N2N Pendleton was subsequently registered as a non-profit corporation with the state of Oregon. In 2015 Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton Inc. received a 501(c)(3) charitable organization designation from the IRS.