We are a Crucial Safeguard for Our Eugene-springfield Youth


Why are we called 15th Night?

Youth who are “new” to our streets are more likely to become chronically homeless if we do not intervene within 15 nights.

The 15th Night serves as a safeguard for 480 of our Eugene-Springfield students who do not have a parent or guardian to support them, or a permanent place to call home.

These vulnerable Eugene-Springfield youth face an unacceptable risk of losing their childhood, sense of trust, education and hope if they find themselves on the street.  The 15th Night is a community-wide partnership working to align and leverage existing resources in innovative ways to prevent youth from going out on the street, and intervening quickly if they do.

our vision

  • No Eugene-Springfield student will drop out of school due to homelessness.

  • Our community will rise to the expectation that Eugene-Springfield youth should never have to navigate school and life alone.

  • Eugene-Springfield is a culture of caring and understanding for our youth experiencing homelessness.

  • Eugene-Springfield residents know how to intervene on behalf of a youth who has run away or experiencing homelessness.

  • All young people in Eugene-Springfield learn about the dangers of living on the street.

  • All Eugene-Springfield youth know how to get help and find safe alternatives to the street.

Our Team

Youth Action Council members are currently homeless, in transition from homelessness and youth who have never been homeless but want to help. The Youth Action Council provides input and feedback about 15th Night youth-related topics.

Core Leadership Team is a small group within the larger Catalyst Team that supports agile and responsive decision-making and operational effectiveness.

Catalyst Team members represent our community and our stakeholders —they remove barriers and find creative solutions. Schools, public safety, business, service providers, faith organizations, government and the general public all have a place at the table to guide planning and ensure alignment.

Youth Action Council

Alex, 18 (founding member)

Jacob, 16

Jacob, 21

Jamica, 22 (founding member)

Jared, 15

Katie, 16

Makayla, 19  (founding member)

Mattias, 17

Miya, 18

Seth, 18 

2018 Catalyst Team Members

Jon Ruiz
City Manager, City of Eugene

Lieutenant Doug Mozan
Eugene Police Department

Linda Hamilton
Community Volunteer

Marshall Peter
Community Volunteer

Molly Gillett
Early College & Career Options High School Principal,
Eugene 4J School District

Noreen Dunnells
President & CEO, United Way of Lane County

Rick Varnum
COO, Oregon Social Learning Center

Ruth Bichsel
Community Volunteer

Steve Buss
Executive Director, One Hope

Susie Dey
Executive Director, Willamette Family Services

Carmen Urbina
Community Volunteer

Chris Parra
Superintendent, Bethel School District

Chris Pryor
Eugene City Councilmen

Craig Opperman
CEO, Looking Glass Community Services

Dana Petersen
Deputy Administrator, Sheltercare

Dave Williams
Executive Director, Hosea Youth Services

Grace Serbu
Community Volunteer

Greg Erwin
Principal & CEO, Sapient Private Wealth Management

Honorable Judge Valeri Love
Lane County Circuit Court

John Iglesias
President & CEO, Northwest Community Credit Union



“People don’t understand that sometimes being homeless is an easier problem to have
than being at home.” – 15th Night Youth