Maslow Project headquarters damaged by vandals on Friday

MEDFORD — Rock-tossing vandals damaged the Maslow Project's headquarters in downtown Medford early Friday morning.

Mary Ferrell, director of the resource and outreach center for homeless youths, said she headed down to 209 W. Main St. after being advised the nonprofit agency's alarm had gone off at 2:20 a.m. Friday.

"Someone had thrown rocks through the front window and the glass door. The old plate-glass window was just shattered. There was glass everywhere," said Ferrell.

Ferrell said police have no leads on who might have done the damage. She noted the vandalism happened shortly after several downtown bars had closed. No other storefronts in the area were damaged. Ferrell said she does not suspect any of the agency's past or present clients.

"There hasn't been a single incident of anything like this (in our history)," Ferrell said. "Our kids are indignant and upset. They take pride in our space."

Repairs are expected to run close to $1,300, she said.

"We do have insurance. But our deductible is $1,000," Ferrell said. "The bigger issue is we just feel violated. It's really frustrating and disheartening."

Adding to the sense of angst is the fact that Maslow's lease runs out this summer. Ferrell and her staff are still searching for a new location.

Maslow has provided services to more than 1,600 homeless children, teens and parents since it began in 2007 as a small drop-in resource center in the back of the Kids Unlimited building.

When the need for Maslow's services outgrew the 200-square-foot space, it moved to its Main Street location. Maslow has been leasing its current space for $1,000 a month from OnTrack Inc., which operates addiction-recovery programs and services for parents and children in Southern Oregon.

Maslow is seeking a 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot office close to downtown Medford and bus service, which has a lease with an option to purchase, Ferrell said.

"We've toured a lot of vacant properties," said Ferrell. "But nothing has really panned out."

Maslow does not want to build a new space, add a shelter component to its services or move away from its mission as a "goal-oriented resource center."

But Ferrell is anxious to find a new location because their services are even more needed in the summertime, when families with school-aged children — and homeless youths who have managed to stay in school — no longer have school meals available to them.

"Food is a high priority," Ferrell said.

One option under tentative consideration is to move Maslow into the Medford School District's offices at 500 Monroe St. after the superintendent and staff move into the old South Medford High School building.

To reach the Maslow Project, call 541-608-6868 or visit

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or email

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