Some old, new options for homeless shelter
I'm a newer transplant to the Rogue Valley. Especially in the winter, when I encounter people who are homeless or on the street, I want to be able to tell them where they might be able to find shelter or a hot meal. Can you list some of those places?
The resources available to people without housing or food security does vary from season to season, so here is an updated list:
The Medford Gospel Mission offers temporary shelter for men, women and families. It also serves a dinner every night of the week from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in a restaurant-style setting. Additional services are its Outfit Outlet, at 125 W. Jackson St., which provides clothes for various situations and seasons.
ACCESS runs several food pantries that are open at various locations, times and days across the Rogue Valley throughout the week. These are open to all people who are struggling to get healthful food on the table. A complete list can be viewed at www.accesshelps.org/Page.asp?NavID="420"
Community members in Ashland are running several temporary shelters open for six nights per week this winter, including Friday night dinner and shelter at Pioneer Hall on Winburn Way across from Lithia Park. That shelter, however, has been under some scrutiny for potential structural unsoundness and disturbance to the surrounding residents. View a complete list at http://homelessoptions.org/projects/winter-shelters/
Starting Jan. 1, the Kelly Shelter will be open again in First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., in Medford. For some time, the fate of the shelter seemed tenuous after issues with the building and guests' behavior, but the church raised $50,000 to pay for upgrades to water systems that would allow it to reopen. It will be open from 6 p.m. to noon every evening from the first of the year until Mar. 31 and has the capacity for 50 people a night.
First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, serves a community meal from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday night.
Hearts with a Mission, 521 Edwards St., Medford, is the only youth homeless shelter in Jackson County, providing temporary emergency shelter for up to 72 hours without parental consent, up to 120 days with consent. Meals, bedding, toiletries, clothing, study space, entertainment and assistance for future housing can be found there.
The Salvation Army's HOPE House, 1065 Crews Road, Medford, provides transitional housing for up to 70 people. The shelter is a good option for families, but it is not an emergency shelter like some of the others listed here. More information can be found by calling 541-773-7005.
Many of these places are seeking volunteer help and donations to provide shelter for the duration of the cold weather this winter.
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