MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Retreat will not be able to spearhead cooling shelters this Summer from people suffering from homelessness.
Executive Director Chad McComas said the organization partnered with several churches last year to create spaces where people could cool off and drink some water. Rogue Retreat was able to make it happen because it had the resources, like extra staff and funds. However, that's not possible this year.
McComas hopes other organizations or churches in the community will open their doors as cooling shelters this year. He said Rogue Retreat would be happy to help them make it happen.
"I think by next year we'll be set up in a better position, but there might be churches out there, there might be organizations that say hey we'd love to do this, but we're not sure what to do, perhaps we can give a hand or give some insights or that type of thing," McComas said.
He hopes to be able to operate the shelters again next year.
While Rogue Retreat is not able to spearhead the shelters this year, other agencies will have places for people to cool off.
Starting tomorrow, the Salvation Army will be openings its doors to the public as an option to get out of the heat and get water and fans.
Major Jason Koenig said the social service office at 922 North Central Avenue will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The admin office at 304 Beatty Street will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Koenig said the Salvation Army is hoping people will donate bottled water. They can be dropped off at the Beatty Street office.