MEDFORD, Ore. — Rogue Retreat received a $150,000 grant this week from the People's Bank of Commerce Foundation, funds that will go toward the organization's ongoing efforts to transform a Medford motel into housing for vulnerable members of the community.
Rogue Retreat took over the Redwood Inn on N Riverside Drive in March with the help of Oregon's "Project Turnkey" initiative. According to the organization, they'll put the funds toward renovations on five of the eventual 47 rooms in the building — starting as housing for people displaced by the Almeda Fire, and eventually becoming transitional housing for the homeless once Almeda survivors are re-homed.
“We can’t thank People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation enough for their amazing generosity. Their desire to help the Rogue Valley rebuild from these fires shows what a business can do to help the greater community. We are honored to partner with People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation to remodel five rooms which will serve our community for many years to come,” said Chad McComas, Rogue Retreat Executive Director.
When the Project Turnkey site is complete, it will have 43 apartments for housing people displaced by the Almeda Fire and four apartments for those in need of skilled nursing care. Rogue Retreat said that renovations remain underway, with 18 suites currently in use and another 14 under construction.
“People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation is very pleased to partner with such an exceptional organization in providing relief for the fire survivors. These 43 apartments will make a significant impact in the ability of those future tenants to continue to recover from the fire and rebuild their lives, right here in the Rogue Valley,” said Julia Beattie, Committee Chair of People’s Bank of Commerce Foundation.
After Rogue Retreat received the Project Turnkey grant to buy the Redwood Inn, it also received a $450,000 grant from the City of Medford toward renovating units, accompanied by a grant from Providence for the recuperative care component.