Within a few minutes of conversation it’s clear how deeply Sue Archbald cares for the Eugene-Springfield community. A Eugene resident since 1978, Sue has dedicated much of her life to helping build a better future for those who live here.
Sue helped instill a love of learning in young children, teaching in both private Montessorie schools as well as public schools in Oregon including Salem, Eugene and Springfield. Sue is now retired from teaching, but her passion for knowledge continues. She is also an avid walker, a lover of music and the arts, and a voracious reader.
Sue’s first connection with ShelterCare was in the early 1990s, when she was looking for resources to help a family member. “The care and support ShelterCare provided my family member was so wonderful that I knew I could never give back enough.”
“The care and support ShelterCare provided my family member was so wonderful that I knew I could never give back enough.”
Sue has been a generous supporter of ShelterCare for many years, as a member of our monthly giving program. She also regularly attends events, such as our Closer Look talks, to help her gain a deeper understanding of our programs and their impact. “It breaks my heart to see people living on the streets,” she says. “I want to learn more about what I can do to help.”
Recently Sue has been helping a friend find affordable housing in the area. In helping this person search, Sue has seen firsthand the barriers that many low-income people face. “The waiting lists are years long at so many places,” she explains. “One place told me their waiting list is 7 years long!”
“I ShelterCare because I know how fine the line is between homelessness and housed.”
During October, Sue encourages folks to get involved and support the I ShelterCare about Homelessness campaign. “I will always have a special place in my heart for ShelterCare,” Sue says, adding, “I ShelterCare because I know how fine the line is between homelessness and housed.”