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Kelly Shelter now open all year round

People who work at the Kelly Shelter say they're giving people a hand up, not a hand out.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 4:03 AM
Updated: Dec 2, 2019 7:22 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Kelly Shelter is now open all year round. It's run by Rogue Retreat and reviously, it only used to open during the cold, winter months. 

There are 54 beds at the Kelly Shelter and people can stay there for six months at a time. Residents get three meals a day, access to a restroom and heat so they can stay warm. People who work at Rogue Retreat said they're giving people a hand up, not a hand out. They help residents through case management so they can get IDs, find jobs and move into more permanent housing. 

Before moving into the Kelly Shelter, Burton Moreno had lived on the streets for two years. Now, he's positive he can turn his life around. 

"I'm probably going to be volunteering a lot more," said Moreno. "When I get off the street, I'm going to try to sign up to help do feeds and give back to the community."

Through case management, the Kelly Shelter workers said they're often able to tackle the root of why people are homeless by addressing issues like addiction. 

"Homelessness is like falling into a well," said Rogue Retreat Executive Director Chad McComas. "It doesn't matter how you fall in. If it's because of your own choices, or if someone else pushes you in or if the economy collapses, you're still in the well. For me to walk by and yell, 'get a job, get out of the well,' you can't do that without a hand up."

You do need to submit an application to Rogue Retreat in order to be considered for a spot at the Kelly Shelter. To ask about Kelly Shelter applications, you can call Rogue Retreat at this number: 541-499-0880. You can also email Rogue Retreat at this email: office@rogueretreat.com.

For more information about the Kelly Shelter click here

Food donations

The Kelly Shelter serves 54 people seven days a week, three times a day. It's a lot of food and that's why the Kelly Shelter is asking for your help. 

The shelter serves food that can be warmed up using the microwave or stove. They also serve food that doesn't have to be warmed up, like donuts. However, the Kelly Shelter can't actually prepare food because they don't have a commercial kitchen. 

That's where you can help. Families or businesses can donate prepared meals to the Kelly Shelter to help keep the fridge full. The shelter said these food donations are tax deductible. You can also volunteer to serve food. 

Shannon Holland manages the kitchen at the Kelly Shelter said said her personal story inspires her to give back. 

"I was one of them," said Holland. "I remember that feeling when someone didn't give me a hand out, they gave me a hand up. You want to go out and get a job because you have purpose."

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