The Christian Help Center has been in existence for 30 years. This is a caring homeless shelter, which has provided thousands of beds for those who are without a place to sleep and/or eat. The Center provides breakfast, lunch and dinner - not only to their guests, but to others in the community who need an emergency meal. Every Saturday the Center gives 50-60 bags of groceries to the community. A public restroom with shower is provided for the homeless who are in the streets or encampments. They provide casemanagement to help the clients progress from having nothing to becoming employed and finding housing. The organization does not discriminate against persons of color, religion, disability, gender, or sexual preferences. Spiritual guidance is offered, but not mandatory. This is a "working shelter", meaning that all guests are required to help maintain the facilities. This also helps people gain their self-respect and dignity, knowing that they are "giving back", rather than just "taking".
As a health educator, with a specific passion for nutrition and physical activity education, I have trained the Executive Director (Ms. Norma Ramos), the Administrative Assistant (Mrs. Carolyn Burrell), and staff of the Christian Help Center to deliver Healthy Eating and Active Living lessons to CHC guests and residents. The staff was very attentive during the training and very enthusiastic about equipping their clients with healthy lifestyle information. This desire to empower their clients with healthy lifestyle information is indicative of the Christian Help Center's commitment to addressing the whole person and creating healthy, productive citizens who can not only impact their own lives, but the lives of those around them, as well.