Rogue Retreat’s timely newsletters now reach 1,400 community members by mail each month! Newsletters are NOW available online, in digital format! This post includes a link to download the July 2020 Digital Newsletter and the lastest news about the urban campground approval, as well as special announcements and resources.
The July 2020 digital newsletter from Rogue Retreat features…
- Wade’s success story (page 5)
- Hope Village tours are back (page 10)
- Timely articles by Kevin Stine (Medford City Council President), Kris Allison (City of Central Point Chief of Police), Scott Henselman (Henselman Realty & Management LLC), Charles Kirshenman (Rogue Tech Pros Owner), Donnie Harper (Rogue Retreat Employee), Joyce Marks (180 Club Member), Rowena Reeley (Executive Assistant), Beth Eicher (Medford Resident), George Jarvis (Rogue Retreat Employee), Sarah Kolb (Signs of Hope Creator), Jamie Langdon (Human Resources Specialist), Matthew Vorderstrasse (Development Director), Phil Johncock (Grants Pass Warming Center Manager)
- Thrift Shop reopens (page 11)
- NEW Finding Hope Podcasts (page 12)
- And much more!
New Urban Campground Approved!
On July 2, the Medford City Council passed an ordinance that will create the temporary campground to help the homeless that are coming off of the Greenway. This is much needed for our community. Watch a virtual tour of a current location being considered. Rogue Retreat has been asked by the City of Medford to be part of a team of nonprofits to oversee a temporary urban campground to provide a place for homeless individuals who are coming off the Greenway and wanting help escaping out of homelessness.
According to Scott Clauson, Chief of Police, “our Mayor and Council have received many emails and phone calls in opposition to the project due to its proximity to businesses and a private school. While I appreciate their concerns, I firmly believe we have a solid plan in place to mitigate any issues such as:
- The site will be managed and staffed 24 hours a day by reputable non-profits with a track record of success,
- Supportive Services will be consolidated for efficiency and to reduce vandalism to portable toilets,
- The plan is approved by the Health Department and follows CDC guidelines,
- Mental Health and Addiction services will be available,
- This project will help us prevent wildfires along the Greenway, which as of this afternoon (7/1/20) is 99 reported fires,
- MPD and County will increase Law Enforcement presence to area businesses.”
Special Announcements & Resources
In case you missed them, here are more special announcements and resources…
- Popular tours of Rogue Retreat’s many programs are back! Check out some cool photos from tours here and here. Call us for the next scheduled tour!
- Check out Finding Hope Podcast, Episode #38, featuring Heather Hasset, Rogue Retreat’s first paid employee. Learn how she helped plant and nurture seeds for Hope Village and the Kelly Shelter.
- Hope Village has officially grown to full size. Watch the final expansion in action.
- Check out Finding Hope Podcast, Episode #37, featuring Phil Johncock, Manager of the Warming Center in Grants Pass. Discover how 9 essential services were provided to 260 Center guests including mailing addresses, health insurance, even help getting over $24,000 in stimulus checks.
- Are you an alumni or a current participant of Rogue Retreat? Please request to join our closed Facebook group to keep up-to-date on Rogue Retreat activities.
- Check out Finding Hope Podcast, Episode #36, featuring Kevin Stine, Medford City Council President. Learn what drew him into public service, helping the homeless and his vision for the future of Medford. Part I & Part II
- Follow Rogue Retreat’s new LinkedIn company page!
- Check out Finding Hope Podcast, Episode #35, featuring Susan Szczesniak, Recovery Services Coordinator and Trainer for Foundations for Recovery (FFR). Learn about FFR and its Peer Support Services, one-on-one peer mentoring for addictions.
- Subscribe to Rogue Retreat’s new YouTube channel. Check out some of the new, cool videos including Shine!
- Like Rogue Retreat’s Facebook page!
From Grants Pass (Josephine County)
Foundry Village Groundbreaking
Run by Rogue Retreat, Foundry Village will be the first gated community in Josephine County of small residential units, each measuring roughly 8 x 12 feet. It will include a community center with shower and laundry facilities for residents and offices for staff. Property has already been purchased near the corner of Foundry and Fry in Grants Pass. Click here for more info or to donate!
The vision of Foundry Village is to provide short term housing and case management for individuals and families to help them move up from homelessness and ultimately into long-term housing.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on June 10, 2020…
Click here to watch a video of the groundbreaking ceremony (6-10-20).
Building on Success of Warming Center
Foundry Village builds on the recent success of the collaborative Warming Center in Grants Pass, which served 260 homeless individuals in Josephine County between February and May 2020. Many thanks to the United Community Action Agency (UCAN) for partnering with Rogue Retreat and over 50 local volunteers. The collaboration has opened many doors for future work in Josephine County.
Check out the infographic below that features some of the highlights of the Warming Center collaboration:
To download the infographic, click here.