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Medford Police Department’s Livability Team helping those in need

On a gloomy fall day along the Greenway, the Medford Police Department is doing more than protecting and serving.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 6:30 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2019 11:05 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- On a gloomy fall day along the Bear Creek Greenway, the Medford Police Department is doing more than protecting and serving.

“Help the homeless people get off the path and into housing," Medford Police Officer Mike Mike Wulff said. "That will segue into a conversation about how we can assist you in what needs we can meet in your life."

They are helping these people in need get back on their feet.

“I’ve been through things people could have never dreamed of on the streets," Joyce Lorenz says.

Joyce, Joshua and Charles will tell you living on the streets isn't easy.

"Hard very hard, cold, lonely, hungry,” Charles Clifford says.

Their main focus is finding a place to sleep and where their next meal is coming from.

"I suffered from an addiction and found myself on the streets in a world that I was very unfamiliar with," Lorenz says.

That rough situation changed when the Livability Team came to the rescue. The team created by the Medford Police Department helped Joyce and Charles find a new home.

"To assist the homeless population and finding resources and getting them off the street," Officer Wulff said.

"My husband has a job — we are going to be making payments on a car," Lorenz adds.

Charles will soon have a place to call his own as well.

"Hopefully a big change where I can save money and help the homeless as well."

Even though they were down and out once, now they have a community watching over them.

"Every step of the way Officer Wulff was there for me," Lorenz said. "I think they were as happy as we were for us."

As they start their new journey, "We felt like we finally made it . . . the future is so bright for us thanks to them,” Lorenz said.

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