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Medford Police surprise homeless man with new wheelchair

MEDFORD, Ore. — On the streets of downtown Medford, you’ll find an unconventional friendship. “He’s a great guy, very intelligent. He has a great story,” said Officer Jennifer Newell, Medford Police Department. Soft-spoken, reserved, kind, are just some of the ways Officer Newell …

Ashland shelter provides beds for 5 months

ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland shelter has opened its doors on Monday for the winter months, but it doesn’t accept walk-ins. The OHRA Winter Shelter is run by the non-profit, “Options for Helping Residents of Ashland” or OHRA. It’s not an emergency …

‘Skoolies’ roll onto the national stage

ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland activist for those facing homelessness, appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show Wednesday. Julie Akins began Vehicles for Change in southern Oregon by converting old school buses into fully functioning homes for those living un-housed. The homes, called …

The Greenway Pt. 4: Life on the fringes

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — “There are men being attacked and robbed, there are women being robbed and raped,” said Keishan Andersen. “I had a gun held to my head at one point.” Andersen is a recovering drug addict and one of many people …