Winter Challenges for Ashland Homeless

ASHLAND, Ore. —  The cold weather is putting more pressure on transients and homeless in the area to find shelter. Some are now turning to local businesses, but ending up on the wrong side of the law in doing so. Living outdoors is not easy and although there are shelters and warming stations, they are not … Continue reading »

Jacksonville Abduction Suspect Search

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find the man who abducted a jogger near Johns Peak Road Thursday at 11:15 a.m. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s or 50’s with a thin build and “scruffy” facial hair. He was operating an older, “beat up” … Continue reading »

Homeless Avoid Freezing Temperatures

MEDFORD, Ore. — Some warming centers and homeless shelters are open are ready to take in those in need. Other local agencies are handing out coats, sleeping bags, and even hand warmers to those who are staying outside. The official start of winter doesn’t begin until mid-December, but it already feels like the dead of … Continue reading »

Community Petitions Railroad Park Use

MEDFORD, Ore. — Community members living at Aspens On The Creek say they’re upset about organizations feeding the homeless near their homes. They have submitted a petition for the city to intervene. People living at Aspens On The Creek say blackberry bushes used to be a deterrent to keep the homeless from camping illegally behind … Continue reading »

Crews Clean Up Homeless Camps in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department plans to continue transient campsite cleanup efforts each month. Officers and other work crews just finished cleaning up six campsites yesterday. One was located just off the Bear Creek Greenway bike path. Medford police officers sweep the bike path and Greenway on a monthly basis. On this month’s … Continue reading »

Kroger Has Program to ‘Pour it Forward’

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap. The Kroger Company, including Fred Meyer and QFC, … Continue reading »

Homeless Help Must Move to New Location

MEDFORD, Ore. — A couple of small, folding tables is all it takes to make a difference in the day of those in need. “We need to be a support to the most feeble in our community, the weakest in our community and help them,” Bobbie Holden with Friends Helping Friends. Holden has organized “Friends … Continue reading »

Tiny Homes to Help the Homeless

ASHLAND, Ore. — Tiny homes are popping up in parts of Oregon, and now Southern Oregon leaders are wondering how they could help the homeless. The director of the Ashland resource center says with the cost of living going up, a tiny home could help low-income families here afford a place to live. It could … Continue reading »

Salvation Army to Distribute Food

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Starting July 7th, the Grant’s Pass Salvation Army will start distributing food boxes to needy families in Merlin. This is being done through a partnership with the Church of God 7th Day and the Merlin Community Center. This will be an aid to these families after the closing of the Merlin … Continue reading »

Homeless Center Sees More Clients

ASHLAND, Ore. – Oregon has one of the highest homeless rates in the country, but an Ashland group is doing what it can to improve things on a local level. The Ashland Community Resource Center opened earlier this year, and provides resume help, access to services, showers, laundry, and supplies. Organizers said the number of … Continue reading »

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