The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved $50,000 from County Focus on Preventio funds to support the City of Patterson HOST House Kitchen Improvement project.
The full CARE Team was launched, which was comprised of the following staff: Case Manager, Firefighter, - Paramedic, Mental Health Clinican, Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Probation Officer, Public Health Nurse, Social Worker, and CARE Team Manager.
CRADLE TO CAREER
The Stanislaus County Office of Education with the support of the Stanislaus Community Foundation launched the Cradle-to-Career initiative to improve outcomes for kids in the community. For more information, navigateo to https://www.stanc2c.org/.
DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM
Through a funding partnership with the Stanislaus County Workforce Development Department, City of Modesto, and the Stanislaus Community Foundation, with contract support from the United Way, Downtown Streets Team (DST) began operation in Modesto. DST is a non-profit that engages homeless and low-income persons on a volunteer basis to work collaboratively on litter abatement and beautification projects. The official start date was February 18, 2019 with 6 Team Members starting at Beard Brook Park. As of December 31, 2019, DST had 35 Team Members and is working with the DST Oversight Committee and partners on expansion efforts. Team Members receive a basic needs stipend and case management services.
MODESTO OUTDOOR EMERGENCY SHELTER
In response to public safety, health issues, and weather, the Beard Brook Park outdoor temporary emergency shelter for camping for homeless individuals was relocated to the Tuolumne River Regional Park area under the 9th Street Bridge. The City of Modesto partnered with the County, Stanislaus Community Foundation, and Focus on Prevention to facilitate a mu-sector partnership and funding approach to complete the needed site improvements to open the Modesto Outdoor Emergency Shelter (MOES) and support ongoing operations. Private sector partners made the improvements at the site, a local logistics company donated its trucks and services to pick up 300 donated tents, a local storage company donated a storage container, and the United Way of Stanislaus County actively started an online fundraising effort. with an. On February 20, 2019, MOES opened with an initial registration of 97 homeless individuals. Turning Point Community Programs supported operations through an agreement that was funded through contributions by the Stanislaus Community Foundation and Focus on Prevention.
On December 11, 2019, the Modesto Outdoor Emergency Shelter (MOES) closed with more than 500 individuals on site. County staff along with the City of Modesto, Salvation Army, Turning Point Community Programs, and community partners devoted intensive outreach and social work services to individuals camping at MOES from February of 2019 until its closure in December of 2019. These same partners did the intensive work of transitioning individuals from MOES to the new Access Center Emergency Shelter at the Salvation Army campus at 330 S. 9th Street in Modesto, CA.
ACCESS CENTER EMERGENCY SHELTER
In partnership with the Salvation Army, Stanislaus County constructed and opened the new Access Center Emergency Shelter in December of 2019. Within two weeks of opening, the shelter reached full capacity with 182 individuals. The County contracted with the Salvation Army to operate the new emergency shelter, which includes case management and other programming. Also, located on the campus is the Access Center, which opened in February 2020 and provides a one-stop program-based location for services for individuals experiencing or at risk for homelessness.
STANISLAUS HOMELESS ALLIANCE
The Stanislaus Homeless Alliance (SHA) was established to strategically align current and new funding streams to support homelessness projects and efforts. Representatives from all the cities in Stanislaus County, the County, and non-profit and shelter operators sit as Members. SHA meetings are held on the Second Wednesday of every month in the Board Chambers at 1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, navigate to https://csocstan.com/stanislaus-homeless-alliance-sha/.
LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS
Supported by the Focus on Prevention Stewardship Council, City Ministry Network and Love Our Cities collaborated to launch the Love Our Neighbors website (https://www.loveourneighbors.org). With funding provided by the United Way of Stanislaus County, the Love Our Neighbors platform was developed to connect the community’s most valuable resources with neighbors in need through donations and volunteer opportunities.