CRC, Only Kindness, JSS, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, and Community Haven (formally Hangtown Haven) have now joined together in partnership to provide a home for five homeless men and women in El Dorado County. It is located in Diamond Springs and has been the home leased by Community Haven for Partners in Care and Marshall Hospital for housing homeless who needed minor medical care. Since that contract has recently expired, Community Haven has been concerned that the home would be lost and could no longer be used for the homeless. But the new agreement allows them to continue the lease and give five homeless residents a place to live. Each partner has the following responsibility:
- Community Haven will lease the home and maintain it while providing food from the Food Bank and maintain finances
- CRC (Only Kindness) will provide appropriate residents as openings occur
- JSS will utilize the garage for storing clothes, tents and sleeping bags for distribution
CRC is not the exclusive provider of residents. If anyone else has a suggestion for a resident and openings exist, they can be admitted.
This partnership is a landmark advance in helping the homeless in our county because this is the first time that three non-profits have combined into one organization to help the homeless year round. It is planned that this partnership will continue beyond the Diamond Springs facility and will be available to the county as the only experienced facility and program providers in the community. Each of the partners has its own experience and expertise that will make the combination successful in providing the items our homeless community needs.
Success of this venture is not guaranteed and needs financial support from the community. Residents will be asked to contribute, but donations from the community will be required to meet all of the costs.
Hopefully this will be expanded and will be the road to a continuing and successful homeless program in our county.
Women helping women:
Women working on the front line, up front with social action attempting to give those women who by whatever reason have found themselves homeless, destitute, and looked upon as not worthy of our societies abundance. Here are three women that defy that view of community involvement of “not me.” These ladies provide the only clean undergarments that these “ladies of the street” get. They provide the “women’s touch” to women’s problems.” Besides the undergarments, these ladies know what is needed and what can be substituted for items that other ladies take for granted as well as the hygiene and yes social appearance needs. The most important item is the roll of toilet paper. That roll is the only thing they have that is sanitary and clean. It is used as the necessary nose tissue for that runny nose, as well as the only clean thing they have to cover the cut they might endure while living on the street. That toilet paper, folded over and over again substitutes for the pad they used to have available, and then the original use is just one of the necessary convinces. Our JSS ladies have learned by experiencing and listening to the ladies of our homeless population. Patent leather is out. Durability is in. Light and colorful clothing gets dirty fast and tends to make them stand out as homeless. However it is fun for shot interludes sometimes. Yes, there also are ladies who are mistaken as “social volunteers” who in fact are homeless but keep their appearance clean and presentable. Our goal is to make that available to all homeless women.
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COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
Raising Funds to serve Veterans, Moms and Dads who lost jobs, Seniors and others who are homeless or in danger of losing safe shelter.
Celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend with us.
Saturday, May 23rd 5:00-8:00 pm
The Veterans Hall at the Fairgrounds
130 Placerville Drive
$15/person, sit down dinner
Raffle baskets & dessert auction
For Information or Tickets, call 408 460-2061 or go online at www.edcrc.org
Again we want to thank all of you for your efforts in providing understanding, in your love for your fellow humans and especially those who have the very least.
Please visit the JSS web site: www.jobsshelters.org.
Donations can be made by clicking here. OR Our address: P.O. Box 1389, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682