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Phone: (925) 335-0698
1815 Arnold Drive
Martinez
California 94553
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Target demographics: Low-income and homeless men, women and children in Contra Costa County.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Facilitate an event for homeless children, such as an art & craft activity, holiday party or trip to a museum.

Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County

Programs: SHELTER, Inc.'s three main program areas:

1) Preventing Homelessness: SHELTER, Inc.'s Homeless Prevention Program helps prevent homelessness for families and individuals on the verge of losing their housing, as well as helps end homelessness for those struggling to regain housing. Last year, 89% of those helped by SHELTER, Inc. were able to stay off the streets and in their homes.

2) Ending the Cycle of Homelessness: SHELTER, Inc. takes homeless families and individuals off the streets, places them in safe, temporary homes and provides services to help them regain self-sufficiency. Services that are critical to success include counseling, tutoring, budgeting and employment services. Last year, 80% of those helped moved to stable, permanent housing.

3) Providing Affordable Housing: Affordable housing means having a safe place to live at a price you can afford. SHELTER, Inc. manages over 225 affordable housing units throughout Contra Costa County, renting to low-income, vulnerable residents, many of whom have otherwise been unable to find housing.

Mission:
Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness among low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency.
Results:
Last year SHELTER, Inc. served over 6,000 people; 3,000 of those served were children.
89% of the families who received prevention assistance were able to stay housed, and 80% of the homeless families helped successfully moved into permanent housing.

The following is a story about a family helped through SHELTER, Inc.'s Homeless Prevention Program: A single mother with three children was renting an apartment when the children were in a car accident. Her 13-year-old son was left with extensive physical injuries, and the mother took off time from work to care for him. The family fell behind on rent, and soon needed help to prevent them from losing their home. SHELTER, Inc. helped prevent the family from becoming homeless by providing rental assistance. The mother recently wrote to SHELTER, Inc., "I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. It was very embarrassing for me to ask for help. I didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me, I just needed help to prevent my kids and I from becoming homeless. Thank you a thousand times, on behalf of each of my children and myself. Thank you so very, very much."

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02/26/12
I started my journey with Shelter Inc., as a volunteer about 5 years ago. I was looking for an opportunity to help kids at my church connect with the community in a meaningful and practical way. After a couple of years volunteering, I was so impressed with the organization that I decided to join ... more »
02/25/12
Do yourself a favor--visit Shelter, Inc. All of my volunteer time has been a valuable learning experience and I have never failed to come away feeling as though I was receiving a gift--not giving one. The brilliant staff and fellow vounteers make volunteering fun and incredibly rewarding. There'... more »
01/26/12
I am a fairly new volunteer at Shelter, Inc. and was immediately made to feel that I am making a valuable contribution to the mission, no matter what job I do. Every staff person at Shelter, Inc. is so appreciative of every volunteer's efforts in a way I have not before experienced. If you are ... more »
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