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Mail Tribune / File photo Compassion Highway Project founder Melissa Mayne hands out lunch bags to homeless people near Hawthorne Park in this 2020 file photo. Mayne on Wednesday announced plans to close the doors of the non-profit association for the homeless.

A Medford nonprofit that for much of the past decade has worked to feed, warm and care for the homeless, is closing its doors.

Compassion Highway Project posted on its social media pages Wednesday morning that it had made the “heartbreaking decision” to close its doors.

The organization has offered countless free meals since Melissa Mayne founded the nonprofit in 2014.

At a community meal on Christmas Day 2016, Mayne said her organization would try to reach out to the homeless who may be missing out on larger charities such as the Salvation Army.

The nonprofit would build relationships with the homeless, first by feeding them and then building the confidence that volunteers used to connect them with mental health and addiction treatment.

“We’re planting the seed,” Mayne said in 2016.

The Kelly Shelter, Hope Village and Medford Urban Campground run by Rogue Retreat – along with the Medford Police livability team – are now making similar efforts to connect with people on the streets using compassionate approaches.

“Now we have so many resources and I can walk away knowing that at least hopefully I was part of the outreach where appropriate and that our homeless community has a lot of people looking after from them, ”says CHP’s farewell message.