PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The non-profit Blanchet House is helping keep the homeless community cool and refreshed during the hot weather.

Blanchet House started handing out water bottles and cups of lemonade on Friday.

The organization on Northwest Glisan had a lot of water bottles donated and wants to fill the gap after the city ordered the closure of public drinking fountains.

"Well they love the lemonade, especially the pink lemonade. We serve all kinds of lemonade, but pink seem to be their favorite,” Scott Blanchett of Blanchet House said.

Blanchet House had to close their indoor cafe but is still putting the space to good use.

Volunteers transformed the area into a clothing and essential item closet.

From 2 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday people can line up to put in an order then a volunteer will pack it up.

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(3) comments

Mr pickles

Why not just give them thousands of dollars, a car a house... whatever they desire.

When I was homeless in the late 70s, I didn't get squat. Now the social justice warriors have lost their collective minds here. Poor Portland.


Oh I know how important it is to see to the squats needs.

Goose Goose

haha I know right? Just over a year ago, the City of Portland auditor's office recommended the impact reduction program to improve the progress status for public. So far, the recommendation has been ignored and we still can't see the status of campsites we complain about.

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