Local shelters open during cold spells

Medford, Ore. — The cold weather is prompting local shelters to open their doors Friday night. In Medford, both the Kelly Warming Shelter and the Medford Gospel Mission are open.

However, the Kelly Warming Shelter is at full capacity with a waiting list. Because space there is limited, the Gospel Mission is encouraging people to seek shelter with them.

“Seems like every year or so, somebody dies of the elements, whether they’re new and they don’t know about us, or they don’t want to come in for shelter,” Executive Director Jason Bull said. “And we just want to let everybody know that this is a safe place to be.”

Meanwhile in Ashland Friday night, Pioneer Hall, located at 73 Winburn way, will be serving a free dinner from 5 to 6 pm. After that, overnight shelter will be available in the same space.

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