Change the relationship that local businesses have with the homeless community, and to bring us all together in addressing the problem as a community.
Downtown Clean Sweep is a group of dedicated volunteers that go out Monday through Friday to clean the downtown streets and sidewalks of Medford. The group was created in partnership with the City of Medford and Rogue Retreat.
The homeless population increase has resulted in an increase in trash left in the downtown Medford corridor that local businesses have had to contend with. Rogue Retreat’s goal is to develop Downtown Clean Sweep into an employment program that can help those experiencing homelessness develop the needed skills to obtain employment as they move towards self-sufficiency.
The overall goal of this program is to change the relationship that local businesses have with the homeless community and to bring us all together in addressing the problem as a community.
Since our inception in September of 2018, we have cleaned up at least one ton of trash from the downtown streets and sidewalks of Medford, and 2 of our original workers have moved on into Independent Employment.
One of the myths Clean Sweep is working to correct is the thought trash on the streets comes from the homeless. In reality, half of the trash Clean Sweep finds on the downtown streets comes from the general public. We find many “fast food” containers which are not coming from the homeless.
In fact, Clean Sweep has homeless volunteers come help clean the streets Our goal is to help the community embrace working with the homeless to get them off the streets while we clean the streets.
Downtown Clean Sweep picks up an average of 30 to 40 pounds of trash per day.
For more information about the program, please contact:
Sylvia Davis | Outreach Coordinator, 541-499-0880 ext. 4020, firstname.lastname@example.org