It will be a long road to recovery for survivors of the Almeda Fire that ravaged the Southern Oregon towns of Phoenix and Talent on September 8th 2020. More than 2,300 homes have been lost, 40,000 people have been displaced, and more than 80% of the children of the local school district have been affected. 

Affordable housing for many people in Southern Oregon is a problem. Several mobile home parks and apartment buildings were lost. Many of these people did not carry insurance on their places of residence because they simply could not afford it. 

Join us in God’s story of bringing beauty from ashes as we partner with the robust ministry community in the area. 

Disaster Recovery

Forward Edge has a rich history of Phase II disaster-recovery work, assisting disaster victims long after first responders have left.

Trip Details

Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Southern Oregon. Total trip cost for each team member is $330 (4 night trip), $360 (5 nights), or $395 (6 nights).



  • $100 per person non-refundable deposit


  • Trip Fee balance due

Trip Fee Includes:

  • Meals, lodging, and some project materials
  • Secondary Medical Insurance
  • Trained Forward Edge Facilitator
  • Team Packs: T-shirt, team manual, devotional, etc.
  • Complete trip coordination provided by Forward Edge

Trip Fee Doesn’t Include: 

  • Transportation to and in Southern Oregon
  • Additional project fees if needed
  • Excursion fee for summer teams

Throughout the week we will build relationships as we come alongside our neighbors depending on the current needs. Though most of the fire damage has been cleared, we may serve this hard-hit community in a variety of ways. We may help with light construction, maintenance, and cleaning, or help families by providing children’s and youth activities, or work in a donation center. The focus is not as much what we do, but who we all become. 

Teams will stay in a local church that has been part of the community since 1886. The first church established in the valley, FBC Medford has a long history of caring well for its community. Team members are asked to bring their own bedding, towels, and air mattresses. The team will also prepare their meals in the church’s large commercial kitchen. 

IMMUNIZATIONS: Forward Edge strongly recommends that each team member has a current tetanus shot. Please consult a personal physician for any other recommendations.

TEAM PACKS: Each team member will receive a team pack which includes a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information. Vital pre-trip training materials will also be sent digitally once you’ve registered. 

SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.

Sheri Stanley

Director of Operations & Mobilization

Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sheri, the Southern Oregon Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week!

If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.

Contact us today to start planning your mission team to Southern Oregon!

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