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Rogue Retreat raises more than $500K to keep Kelly Shelter open year-round

A number of grants, donations and contributions helped Rogue Retreat expand into a new Medford facility.

Posted: Dec 24, 2019 1:53 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A little more than one month after embarking on a mission to open a year-round homeless shelter in Jackson County, Rogue Retreat says that it's raised more than half a million dollars toward the endeavour.

Rogue Retreat said that the year-round shelter and its home at a new 54-bed facility in Medford came about through a partnership with ACCESS — an investment of $1.2 million.

"Kelly Shelter is the first year round low barrier shelter in Jackson County," the organization said.

Now a combination of grants and charitable donations has brought Rogue Retreat more than $500,000 closer to its goal.

Previously, the Kelly Shelter was only available during the cold winter months. Earlier in December, Rogue Retreat unveiled the new facility that will allow those in need a place to stay while they work to get back on their feet.

At this time last year, the Kelly Shelter only had 50 beds available when the shelter opened in early December, and they were immediately full.

Rogue Retreat said that the following benefactors have helped them approach their goal for the year-round Kelly Shelter:

  • Oregon Community Foundation $70,000.00
  • Avista Foundation $3,500.00
  • City of Medford $87,000.00
  • Jackson County CoC Grant $67,000.00
  • ACCESS SHAP/EHA Contract $110,000.00
  • Gardner Grout Foundation $25,000.00
  • FEMA (Shelter Meals) $10,000.00
  • Andersen Morse & Linthorst Attorneys at Law Sponsorship $30,000.00
  • Community Donations $22,373.00
  • Providence $50,000.00
  • Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation $8,000.00
  • Care Oregon $25,000.00

Total raised for Kelly Shelter start-up in 2019: $507,873.00

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