SHELTER, Inc.: Helping People Cover Basic Needs

In his interview, Contra Costa resident Lance Hamlett said his biggest fear was not having a job to pay for basic necessities, like rent. Fortunately, organizations like SHELTER, Inc. serve families and individuals to keep them from becoming homeless.

Since 1986, SHELTER, Inc. has been offering services, support, and resources that promote self-sufficiency. The organization owns and operates housing properties throughout Contra Costa County, including an emergency family shelter in Martinez.

The Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez gets homeless families with children off the streets and into a safe temporary home. The shelter takes families who agree to meet regularly with a case manager. The case manager then helps the families find stable housing, as well as schools, jobs, and mental health services. Ninety percent of families that stay at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter move to stable housing.

SHELTER, Inc. also provides rapid rehousing: rental assistance combined with services to help homeless families and individuals overcome the challenges and barriers that led them to homelessness. It provides:

Employment Assistance: SHELTER, Inc. offers one-on-one career development, job readiness, job placement, and retention services to individuals in its transitional and permanent housing programs. The organization also offers job search and career coaching workshops, transportation assistance, uniforms, and trainings and certifications.

Tutoring: Credentialed teachers offer one-on-one mentoring and support for adults and children living at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter.

Counseling: SHELTER, Inc. partners with another organization called the Counseling Option and Parenting Education (COPE) Family Support Center to offer various mental health services, such as assessments and therapy.

Parenting Classes: Several times a year, SHELTER, Inc. offers a Positive Parenting Program class to individual in its residential program, to promote healthy relationships between parents and their children.

Nutrition Classes: SHELTER, Inc. partners with another organization called Leah’s Pantry to offer family nutrition workshops to families. The workshops spotlight healthy cooking lessons and information on why healthy, nutritious meals are important.

For more information and to apply for assistance, please call (925) 338-1038, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm.

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