““In the past I never knew of any of these shelter programs. My whole life I’ve had a hard time finding a place to stay and sleep. Now I know there is a Warming Shelter with warm beds, hot food, clean showers and friendly people. I don’t have to go to work unshowered or starving. Thank you for the love, time, respect and donations. I hope one day I might be able to repay you. God Bless you all!”” ~ Andrea
Success of the San Benito Shelter
17 of the 56 (30%) guests who stayed at the Warming Shelter were able to find housing. 2 guests were housed in the Helping Hands program, 1 went to a Veteran’s transitional housing, and 1 was reunited with his wife and daughter after being apart from them for 2 years.
8 guests were able to attain employment while staying at the Warming Shelter.
5 guests were linked to Behavioral Health Services including Drug and Alcohol services. Due to being dropped off for appointments, guests were successful in attending appointments on a consistent basis.
6 total guests were able to attend the employment services offered at the America’s Job Center.
My Father’s House was able to assist 3 of the Warming Shelter guests with being able to enroll in residential treatment services. Thank you to My Father’s House for assisting the guests!
We at Community Homeless Solutions are very proud of our staff. They display both professionalism and respect as they work with participants, partners and fellow team members. Passion is evident in the way they serve the community of San Benito to become a better place to live. By working as a team we strive to meet high standards modeling this to our participants and providing a program of excellence.
Combined for all months Dec 1, 2015-April 15, 2016, we provided a total of 3,100 warm beds to our homeless community.
Quotes from Warming Shelter Guests
“I had been trying to remain clean and sober. Since being out here it has given me the opportunity to stay that way. It’s been a safe place for me and my wife.” Donald
“I found myself homeless for the first time. I came to the shelter for the first time with my head down and a little ashamed. The staff was very understanding and didn’t judge me and offered me a place to lay my head and something to eat. No questions asked.” Margie
Homelessness is usually the result of the cumulative impact of a number of factors, rather than a single cause.
There is no doubt that there is an urgent need to serve our homeless community of San Benito County. Over the last several years, the homeless population increased from 365 to 651. That’s an increase of 81.48% or 286 homeless individuals (2015 Homeless Census).