My husband Jason and I have dedicated our lives to trying to help make other people’s lives better. Over the last two decades we’ve volunteered tens of thousands of hours in nonprofits and groups that helped disenfranchised people such as Northwest Seasonal Workers, a community radio station (KSKQ Community Radio), Computers 4 Kids (a nonprofit that gifted computers to low income families), Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, Rogue Valley Independent Media Center, Save Our Schools and Playgrounds (locals will remember when Briscoe School closed, this was the group that preserved the playground there), Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon, Disabled United in Direct Empowerment, Independent Media Week. Rogue Valley Television (RVTV), Occupy Ashland, Occupy Medford, Citizens for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace Rogue Valley Chapter 156, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF– Rogue Valley Chapter), Health Care for all Oregon, GMO Free Jackson County and published the Ashland Free Press from 2011-2012, which became the Rogue Valley Community Press. In 2014, Peace House recognized our contributions in media and gave us a Peace Award which proudly hangs on the quirky slanted wall of our bedroom in this little house, along with flyers from many events that we’ve hosted and promoted over the years.
Over the years we’ve supported our family of daughters (22, 16 and 10) with a series of cobbled together jobs, mostly paid by occasional grants and other supportive funding. Jason has decades of experience in media design work and works part time at A Street Print & Parcel as well as being a paid, part time organizer for Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice.
We’ve spent many years working on homeless issues and pestering city, county and state officials for better support services for our homeless friends. We’ve chronicled the plight of our most vulnerable people. In November 2015, we got involved with a grassroots group that provided monthly meals for homeless folks and since May 6, 2016, we’ve hosted a weekly meal in Railroad Park called the Friday Community Peace Meal. We feed an average of 50-55 people each week and these dinners are a beautiful example of love in action.
We can’t be edged out of Ashland. This family, this house and this community all need one another. Our dream is to raise enough money for a down payment for this house and be able to take on a mortgage to purchase it.
We found a small (but good) mobile home in an Ashland park for $20,000. It’s a 1970 model, so financing is not available and we would need to have enough to buy it outright. As we see it, it’s our best chance to stay here in Ashland and would give us long term stability.
Please support our efforts to find and maintain a stable home so we can continue this important work.