MEDFORD, Ore. — A fundraiser led by local organization Rogue Retreat is nearing its goal to purchase prefabricated shelters for vulnerable members of the homeless population.
Rogue Retreat said in a statement that it is $11,000 away from its goal of raising $41,000. With the help of a grant from an anonymous donor, matching up to $34,000, the total will help to buy 10 Pallet shelters for the organization's Urban Campground.
Pallet shelters are prefabricated buildings made from an aluminum frame and insulated composite walls. Rogue Retreat says that each shelter comes with a locking door, bed, openable windows, heating, air conditioning, and storage.
“Pallet provides safe and secure shelter that moves people off of the streets and into stability immediately -- and then on to permanent housing,” says Amy King, founder and CEO of Pallet. “Whereas permanent housing and mass shelters can take years to construct, we can shelter a person experiencing homelessness the same day we arrive on site.”
Rogue Retreat plans to prioritize these new shelters for seniors and the medically vulnerable, due in large part to their higher risk from both COVID-19 and cold weather.
"The shelters are part of a larger strategy and program to shelter Medford’s homeless population at Rogue Retreat, which currently shelters and houses more than 300 people each night," the organization said.
If you are interested in donating toward Rogue Retreat's new shelters, visit their site here.