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Rogue Retreat prepares for cold weather, increasing demand for shelter

Rogue Retreat in Medford is preparing for an increasing demand for shelter as the weather gets colder.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 7:15 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Retreat in Medford is preparing for an increasing demand for shelter as the weather gets colder.

Officials say they're starting to get in touch with the City of Medford about event weather shelters.

Once the temperatures drop, the city can authorize different community-based organizations to operate those shelters.

Rogue Retreat also works with local churches, hoping that they can help with the demand.

"As we enter into this winter season, that with the Almeda Fire, the loss of over 2,000 homes, we are in desperate need as a community for more shelter opportunities," said development director Matt Vorderstrasse.

They need as many organizations as possible to come forward.

"We really want to encourage community organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses that might have the building capacity to consider reaching out to the city to see if their site could be available for an event weather shelter," Vorderstrasse said. 

Each night, Rogue Retreat shelter's over 300 people. Vorderstrasse says they're always at capacity.

"Even with our programs, we have an application and waitlist process. So, there's only so many beds and there's so much more need for it," Vorderstrasse said.

If your organization or business can help, contact Medford Fire-Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal Tanner Fairrington at (541) 774-2300.

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