St. Vincent’s Plans Phased Re-opening
St. Vincent de Paul is tentatively planning a phased re-opening of its services over the next week. The Medford social services agency closed its facilities on North Pacific Highway on July 16 after one of its volunteers tested positive for COVID-19. They have continued to serve the needy via phone connections and volunteers visiting homes.
The all-volunteer group has worked closely with the Jackson County Health and Environmental Public Health Departments. St. Vincent’s has followed their specific guidelines to safeguard the safety of its clients and volunteers on re-opening.
Current plans are for the Thrift Store to open on Thursday, July 30, from 10 am until 4 pm. As before, they will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Donations will be accepted until 3:30 pm.
The Dining Room remains closed for indoor meals. However, sack lunch and grocery bag distribution will begin on Monday, Aug. 3, from 11 am until 1 pm. Lunch will be offered Monday through Friday. Client mail will again be distributed from the Pantry door Tuesday and Thursday, 11 am until 1 pm.
Social Services will resume telephone only (541-772-3828) services Monday through Friday, from 10 am until 2 pm beginning Aug. 3. They will also accept walk-in clients on Tuesday and Thursday to obtain IDs, bus passes, camping gear, furniture vouchers, personal hygiene items, diapers and pet food.
The Urban Rest Stop will re-open its laundry and shower operations on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 8 am until noon. They will also be open on Fridays. Clients must check in at a table outside the facility and wait outside for their turn.
The Family Emergency Shelter is presently closed and no re-opening date has been set.