N2N News

N2N Receives Permission to Use Foundation Room for Veda's Breakfast


At its 01/08 meeting, the Pendleton City Council voted unanimously to allow Neighbor 2 Neighbor to use the Foundation Room to serve Veda's Breakfast. This authorization will last for one year from start up, at which time the decision will be re-visited. The Foundation Room has kitchen and serving facilities and is located below the Recreation Center near City Hall. Veda's Breakfast had been served out of the basement of the First United Methodist Church. However in 2017 N2N was asked to leave that location and had been looking for a new venue ever since. For more information about Veda's Breakfast please visit the Veda's Breakfast Page.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor wishes to thank the Pendleton City Council along with City Manager Robb Corbett and Parks and Recreation Director Liam Hughs for their support.

N2N Receives Grant from The Oregon Community Foundation


In December Neighbor 2 Neighbor received a wonderful Christmas present from The Oregon Community Foundation in the form of a $2000 grant. The money was from the Foundation's Helen L. Colgan Fund to aid homeless individuals in the grantee's community. N2N will use these funds to help pay for food and utilities at the Warming Station, as well as to provide temporary motel accommodations for families with children. Neighbor 2 Neighbor thanks OCF for selecting us to receive these funds to help folks without homes.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016.

N2N Receives Grant from First Story


Neighbor 2 Neighbor received a $700 grant from First Story, a charitable division of Hayden Homes. First Story was founded in 1998 in Redmond, Oregon and "promotes giving and inspires communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. Neighbor 2 Neighbor wishes to thank First Story for its generous support and desire to provide winter shelter for individuals without homes.

N2N Helped by Columbia Bank


Left to Right: Tara Soeum, Personal Banker, Kelsey Derry, Client Service Specialist, Rita Rosenberg, Branch Manager

Neighbor 2 Neighbor has once again been selected as one of the benefiting organizations of Columbia Bank's Warm Hearts Winter Drive.  Columbia Bank has been very active in providing support for those without homes throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Our local Columbia Bank branch located at 2101 SW Court Ave. in Pendleton has enthusiastically joined in to publicize the needs of Neighbor 2 Neighbor.  

The bank is soliciting funds as well as needed items such as coats and gloves. All donated funds are used in the communities where they are received. In Pendleton, funds are given to Neighbor 2 Neighbor to help with Warming Station expenses. We at N2N are deeply grateful to Columbia Bank and the great people who work there. We encourage all to stop by and look at the Warm Hearts display and bring in your donations. Thanks Columbia Bank!

Two New Directors Named


Neighbor 2 Neighbor is excited to announce the addition of two new directors to its board. Marc Mullins and Scott Norris have been selected to fill the vacant positions that resulted from the resignation of Chris and Carolyn Clemons.

Marc is the pastor of First Christian Church and has also lived in Bakersfield California and Hermiston, Oregon. Marc worked at a shelter in Bakersfield, is widely travelled and has a passion for helping those in need. Scott is a life long Pendleton resident who currently works as the maintenance manager for McKay estates. Scott has prior experience working with the mentally disabled. Scott volunteered last year at the Warming Station and has a similar passion for helping those who are homeless.

We welcome both Marc and Scott to the N2N Board of Directors!

Johnson Selected as New Executive Director


Dwight Johnson has been selected as the new Executive Director for Neighbor 2 Neighbor. Dwight was formerly the treasurer for N2N and has served on its board of Directors since the Pendleton Warming Station was first created in 2011. Dwight has worked as a volunteer at the Warming Station since its first year and has continued to work shifts at the station ever since, often taking the overnight or "owl" shift.   Dwight worked with Warming Station founder Sandy Kimbrow at the Pendleton Day Center, which was established in 2012.

"It is a high honor to have the Board of Directors select me for the Executive Director position. I know that Chris and Sandy both set the bar very high. I will do my best to follow in their footsteps. I am committed to the mission of N2N and it is a privilege to work with all our dedicated volunteers."

Dwight has been married to his wife Marilyn, who is also an N2N volunteer, for over 40 years. Besides volunteering with N2N he is also a member of the Pendleton Lions Club.

Clemons' Leave N2N


Executive Director Chris Clemons announced in February that he and wife  Carolyn would be resigning from Neighbor 2 Neighbor effective 04/30/2018, the end of N2N's fiscal year. Carolyn was a board director and the main coordinator for the kitchen. Chris emphasized that he was leaving due to the impacts his N2N activities were having on his other responsibilities, including his family. Chris said he felt it best that both he and Carolyn cut all their direct ties with N2N or they might find themselves again over-extended. Chris said he felt the timing was right to leave and expressed his complete support for N2N, its mission and its board of directors.

Chris led Neighbor 2 Neighbor during a critical time in N2N's  brief history. During Chris' watch N2N incorporated as a non-profit tax-exempt organization, acquired its current building, obtained a grant to fix the roof, obtained a grant from CAPECO to purchase institutional bunk beds, and oversaw the building remodel. Carolyn planned the kitchen operation and spent countless hours ensuring that N2N guests obtained a nutritious meal. Both will be greatly missed.

The board of Neighbor 2 Neighbor thanks Chris and Carolyn for their tireless efforts on behalf of people who have lost their homes and wish them the best wherever the future takes them.