Eugene Mission work fulfills former Oregon Duck Ray Schafer’s calling
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Every man who walks through Ray Schafer’s door has a story about his past.
They are addicts and ex-convicts, outcasts and domestic abusers, transients and long-term homeless. One man flew in from Alabama, leaving behind a house, a family and a new car.
Of the hundreds who visit the Eugene Mission each day, many end up back on the street, unable to break a cycle of destructive behavior. The men who find Schafer are among the most broken, the ones who have hit bottom and can’t sink any lower.
“They come in here, and you can truly see the desperation in their eyes,” Schafer said.