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Rogue Retreat works through challenges in reopening warming shelter

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As temperatures continue to drop, Rogue Retreat is working furiously to make arrangements for the Kelly Warming Shelter to open back up.

But they've run into some problems with its basement location at the First United Methodist Church in Medford.

First, with having a round the clock fire monitor and secondly, not having an up-to-date water main for the fire suppression system in the basement.

For this reason, they are looking for other options.

"A one level building is something that the city keeps telling us would be much easier to operate as an emergency shelter. You wouldn't necessarily need to have a water suppression system," said Chad McComas, the Rogue Retreat executive director.

It would also help with wheelchair accessibility.

Rogue retreat is currently looking for any warehouse owners to speak to.

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