Asante to build RV park for displaced employees
Asante is living up to its reputation as a great place to work by creating a temporary RV park to house some of the nearly 100 employees who lost their homes in the fires that ravaged Jackson County on Sept. 8.
The park is being constructed in an empty field Asante owns at the corner of Barnett Road and Golf View Drive, across the street from the new regional cancer center.
Asante Rogue Regional CEO Mick Zdeblick and Asante Vice President of Human Resources Robert Begg said in meetings with affected employees on Oct. 19 that the hope is to open the park by Dec. 1 and keep it running until March 1, 2023, giving employees time to rebuild or find other housing.
The news brought tears to some of the employees.
“Bless you all for everything everyone has done and is doing,” said one. “We really are a family and it’s amazing how much you all care.”
The effort is being led by Asante Human Resources, who also launched a food and supplies donation center at the Smullin Center within hours after the fires destroyed more than 2,500 residences and 173 businesses.
“We are an Asante family, that’s for sure,” Zdeblick said. “I know it’s been a tough couple of months.”
“I feel so loved and supported,” an employee said. “Asante is a great organization, it really is.”
There will be 32 pads equipped with electricity, sewer and water. Asante is planning to buy slightly used RVs for those who need them, with the intent on selling the RVs back to the same company once the park is dismantled. Some displaced employees have personal RVs they can park at the site.
Human Resources is gathering information on those interested in living at the park and hopes to match RV size with the size of families and their pets.
The cost for employees is expected to total less than $500 a month, as Asante will operate the park at cost and sewer and water are being donated by the city of Medford and Medford Water Commission. Adroit Construction, which is creating the gravel pads at cost, is working with network providers to ensure the park has internet. The pads will have capacity to house a fifth-wheel trailer, at least one vehicle and room for a fenced-in area for a dog or a second vehicle.
If RV spaces remain after the offer is extended to all fire-related displaced Asante employees, the lots will be made available as a temporary lodging option for Asante’s new hires relocating to the Rogue Valley.
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