Serving More People In Need In New Ways
Fourth & Hope has been serving the homeless and hungry of Woodland and Yolo County for more than 30 years. Our humble beginnings from a grassroots organization of compassionate community members distributing sandwiches to those in need, has grown to serving thousands of meals per year along with providing shelter, residential substance abuse treatment, and housing services for the very poor.
Fourth & Hope works supportively to provide shelter, care, opportunity and hope to people experiencing homelessness. We do this work with many community partners including individuals, churches, government, and non-profits. Just as the population we serve has a complexity of needs, we work with diverse service partners to address these many issues and needs.
Yolo County has recently received two grants for increasing services to the homeless population in the county. Fourth & Hope was chosen to be a key partner on these new efforts. Our work will be moving in a significant way from the shelter and Walter’s House on Fourth Street in Woodland, out into the community, both in town and throughout the county. This new effort will include:
- Bridge to Health and Housing: With partners Yolo County and Yolo Community Care Continuum this Partnership Health Plan of California Local Innovation Grant proposes to improve the health and well-being of people experiencing homelessness in the county who are medically vulnerable. Using a coordinated entry system our 3 outreach workers will identify, assess and triage individuals in this population, provide intensive case management, along with housing navigation and placement. The program uses a Housing First model to ensure the medically vulnerable receive case management specific to unique medical needs. The program is funded through March 2018.
- Extended Hope: This grant to Yolo County from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides for developing the team of people needed for effective case management, follow up, extended day services at the shelter, and substance abuse treatment. This program will be funded through September 2017.
- City of Woodland partnership: We have hired a part-time outreach worker to work with people in Woodland experiencing homelessness. This work is funded by the City.
Each of these programs requires extensive data collection and we will be sharing our program outcomes with the community as this needed work develops.
With the shifting of focus and funding around federal and state initiatives for homeless services, we cherish our community’s unwavering support for our emergency shelter and services. We remain here in the community because of the tremendous support we receive – in volunteers, monetary and in-kind donations, and your ongoing prayers and good will.
We are excited about these new opportunities to serve more people in need, in new ways, and we remain steadfast to our commitment to staying true to our original grassroots mission: To feed, clothe and shelter those in need and to show the love of Jesus Christ in words and actions.
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