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Big DoG Countdown: Roseville Home Start

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Dozens of local organizations will be participating on May 6th in Placer County's Big Day of Giving. Each day we will be featuring one of the many participating organizations. Follow our daily series highlighting these great local organizations.

Roseville Home Start

Mission Statement
To provide hope to homeless families, by assisting them in their move to self-sufficiency.

Our vision is of every family in Placer County and neighboring counties with stable, non-violent, self-sustaining housing of their own, living healthily and contributing to their communities in a positive way. We at Home Start strongly believe that every person has a right to a safe, secure home free of violence in which to live and raise their children.

Background Statement
Home Start began as Project Home in 1986 and assisted with providing transitional housing in scattered sites to four families. In 1995, Project Home incorporated as Roseville Home Start and moved to a 30-unit former motel where 27 units provided transitional housing to homeless families. In 2001, the property was purchased for $450,000 with a grant from the Mourier Family Foundation. Today the facility has a Learning Center, child care room, and 27 units housing homeless children and their families from Placer County and beyond. In 2003, Starbucks, the City of Roseville, Placer County, the State of California, and community businesses including Reeve-Knight Construction, Inc. and Pasco Scientific collaborated to fund a major renovation project at Home Start that was completed in the spring of 2007.

Roseville Home Start exists to successfully transition homeless children and families into affordable, sustainable, permanent housing and self-sufficiency. This is to be achieved through the development of a system of housing and support services that is flexible, accessible and accountable.

Becoming homeless is one of the most traumatic and devastating experiences a family can endure. Homelessness brings with it a myriad of issues, including mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, low functioning skills, behavior issues and low self-esteem. The effects of homelessness on children are particularly severe. Homeless children suffer from poor health, increased developmental delays, anxiety, depression and behavior problems, and poor school attendance and performance. For most of these children, they have never learned about love and empathy from caring for a pet, or had the luxury of learning about nurturing plants by growing flowers or vegetables in their own backyard. Their families often survive on processed, fast food, and haven't learned to love fresh vegetables and fruits, or experienced the comfort of preparing a home-grown, home-cooked meal with their family.

Families reside at Home Start for one year, then continue under Home Start's case management for an additional year upon successfully moving into permanent housing. Home Start accepts men as well as women who are homeless and have custody of their children. Homeless grandparents who are raising their grandchildren are also accepted as clients. Home Start provides shelter and comprehensive services to 150-200 clients per year.

Primary Organization Category
Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters

Geographic Area Served
Placer County
Sacramento County
Yolo County
El Dorado County

Roseville Home Start serves Placer County and surrounding counties, including Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo, Yuba, Butte and beyond.

Complete Profile and Financial Information may be viewed online at Giving Edge

Join us on May 6th and take part in the 24 hour giving challenge to support the many nonprofits in our region.

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