Volunteers, supplies needed for home school bus makeover

Compassion Highway Project is recruiting volunteers to turn this white school bus into a new home for the Lewis family. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

The Compassion Highway Project is continuing their support to help a Medford family transition out of homelessness.

The nonprofit organization is recruiting volunteers to help remodel a school bus into a new home for Jesse and Osiris Lewis.

CHP hosted a meeting Saturday morning at the Medford Library for a handful of volunteers.

Founder Melissa Mayne said the community has been a driving force, since the beginning of the family's journey.

"Almost like the finale, like they've worked so hard to get to this point and then having people jump in on their journey to get them to their little dream," Mayne said. "Having their dreams come true... it'll be fun for the community to come together."

The organization is looking for builders, painters and supply donations. Mayne said it is an "all hands-on deck" approach for the remodel, so no previous building experience is needed to help out.

In the past few months, their entire lives have changed as community organizations helped the Lewis family get back on their feet. They were previously living in their car, until CHP coordinated a sponsored hotel room for a month to get them out of the cold, winter weather. Soon after, the Joy Riders club organized a surprise party for Osiris' ninth birthday.

After learning about their situation, Deputy Ian Lance from the Jackson County Marine Patrol sold the family the bus for the discounted price $3,000.

If you are interested in lending a hand, CHP is in the process of planning another volunteer meeting in the near future. You can contact their Facebook page to learn more.

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