Oroville Rescue Mission launches homeless resource center in downtown Oroville – Chico Enterprise-Record

OROVILLE – The Oroville Rescue Mission launched its latest venture on Monday to help the homeless population of Oroville with the inauguration of the Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center.

Director of Client Services Annie Terry said the Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center is for those who are not necessarily on the mission but are homeless on the streets, surfing the their sofa, sleeping in their car. The resource center offers assistance with case management and finding housing, and can also help with mental health, education, food, clothing and substance use.

Clothing vouchers and food box registrations were also available during Monday’s grand opening and will continue to be available.

Computers and the Internet are available for those looking for employment services at the Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center in Oroville. (Justin Couchot – Company-Record)

The resource center is located at 2150 Bird St., a location that Terry says is particularly important with the relocation of the Hope Center to downtown Oroville. She said a few different locations had been considered, but the downtown location seemed the best. The center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We can glean their information, we have them sign a form so that we can share their information with other homeless service providers so that if they come elsewhere, they can see on their computer that they have come.” here and they got help from the rescue mission, ”said Terry. “So it’s about collaboration with other agencies.

Funding for the project was made possible through a community development block grant through Butte County, for which the Oroville rescue mission received final approval on May 21.

Terry said the idea of ​​starting the Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center was the brainchild of a former staff member who has since changed jobs, but Terry was determined to see the project through. .

“It was an idea from a staff member, we had applied for the grant, so I kind of took the ball that someone else had dribbled and tried to make a basket with it,” said Terry. “It took a long time because of COVID, longer than usual to get approval for it. I’m someone with great ideas but not a planner, so I’ve tried to hire people who are close to seeing things through.

Amanda McAtee, an employee of the Oroville Rescue Mission, works as a case manager at the resource center and Breauna Hodnett is the housing navigator.

Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center Navigator Breauna Hodnett discusses accommodation with a client on Monday at the Oroville Rescue Mission Resource Center in Oroville. (Justin Couchot – Company-Record)

Hodnett has a background in social services and is a former employee of Butte County Behavioral Health. McAtee has retail experience and said she was very happy to be able to bring hope to people.

“They are both moms with kids and we wanted it to be more of a family atmosphere than the rescue mission,” said Terry.

McAtee said that the idea of ​​bringing hope is extremely important because when you have lost hope it is very difficult to feel like someone cares or you don’t know. where to start because he’s so overwhelmed.

“I’m excited to get people back on their feet or back on their feet and make it a goal and then make a plan for the goal and we’ll do our best to achieve that goal,” McAtee said.

She said she didn’t want to hold people’s hands or create resumes for people, but rather let clients know that the resource center is there, available to help, and most importantly that the employees want to help.

“I just want to see a friendly face and let people know that there are people outside of the homeless community who care and want to help and want to see you doing good and achieving your goals “McAtee said. “I am very excited to bring some kind of hope to many people.”

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