Maslow Project in need of new quarters

With its lease running out in June, the Maslow Project is looking for a new home.

The resource center and outreach program for homeless youth hopes to find another location in downtown Medford in which to continue its work.

"When the Maslow Project is homeless, it makes it hard to provide services to homeless kids," said director Mary Ferrell.

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 209 W. Main St. in 2009. 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.

OnTrack director Rita Sullivan stressed her organization is not kicking Maslow out on the street. But when Maslow is able to find a new location, OnTrack will be using the space for its own programs.

"We are busting at the seams," Sullivan said.

Maslow is also feeling the squeeze in the West Main Street location, which offers less than 1,000 square feet of space. It's seeking a 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot facility close to downtown Medford and bus service, and which has a lease-option to purchase, Ferrell said.

"It's important to us to stay downtown," Ferrell said. "And there's a lot of vacant buildings out there."

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," she said.

"We don't feel this is the right climate for a building project," Ferrell said. "But we would like to find a permanent home for our kids and parents to access services."

Other items on the Maslow wish list include space for at least four offices that would allow privacy during case management and crisis intervention, a central work space for volunteers, sufficient lobby area for drop-in resource access, bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, a kitchen area (noncommercial is OK), a food pantry large enough to accommodate refrigerators and freezers, and a computer/library area for assisting youth with schoolwork, job searches, applications for services, etc.

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

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

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