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Vet needs help to find work and get off the streets

Editor’s note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency who could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.

This Medford man is willing and able to work, but homelessness has barred his way. Warm outerwear and gift cards for food and clothing would help him to hurdle some of the barriers he faces.

A military veteran, the 63-year-old man is a legal permanent resident working toward becoming a United States citizen with assistance from the Center for NonProfit Legal Services in Medford. He has considerable carpentry skills but has had a hard time finding employment, said Laura Lindley-Gutierrez, CNPLS attorney. The man was living in a recreational vehicle on private property, but when the other occupant posed threats to his safety, he took to the streets, said Lindley-Gutierrez.

He rides his bicycle to most destinations, but the former Air Force radio technician also takes public transportation, making bus passes a vital currency for him. Warm socks, hats, gloves and a jacket in men’s size medium would help him to weather winter. He would be grateful for gift cards to purchase necessities, including groceries, at Walmart or Fred Meyer.

CNPLS offers legal services for the elderly and needy families in the Rogue Valley under the mission of providing access to justice, regardless of clients’ financial means. The downtown Medford office will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24, to Jan. 2. During that time, donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 1586, Medford, OR 97501. Checks should be made out to CNPLS for transfer to the client’s trust account. Beginning Jan. 3, donations will be accepted at the CNPLS office, 225 W. Main St., Medford.

To help, please call CNPLS attorney Sean Van Ausdall at 541-531-3945.

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