Remembering Major Thomas Egan
This morning a good crowd of us attended Major Thomas Egan’s memorial service. Although it was warm and sunny outside today, this time in 2008 Major Egan froze to death on the streets of Eugene. As a community we found this profoundly unacceptable and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County formed the Egan Warming Centers where homeless can go at night to stay warm when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. Today we not only remember Major Egan but the countless volunteers that run the warming centers. Michael Carrigan from Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) accepted the Ripple of Hope award for their dedication to improving lives in Lane County and expanding Egan opportunities within our area. Right beyond the SVDP sign you can see Square One Villages building tiny homes for the homeless. Sadness and hope exist here.