Safe Haven Drop-in Center Open House

Submitted to the WPR

The Safe Haven Drop-In Center will host an open house and official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 4 pm on April 25.

The event will also include a “Wish List” shower for the new facility.

The Center originated as a one-room and patio site at the Colusa County Behavioral Health Department.  At its new 131 5th Street location  in Colusa. The new building boasts eight rooms, which includes a kitchen where participants prepare and share breakfast and lunches.

According to peer support specialist Valerie Stirling who oversees the day-to-day operation of the center and Dereck Parks, Mental Health Services Act coordinator who also has offices at the center the participation has increased greatly since moving to the new building.

When the center, designed as a non-judgmental and safe place for people to share and learn skills originated four years ago it had an average of five daily attendees. Now there are more than 40 visitors on a regular daily basis.

Behavioral Health interim director William Cornelius commented that the move has been a very positive move. “We are serving more individuals in our community,” he said. “We are meeting a very important need.”

Wish List items include:    Cleaning Products and Tools, Toilet seat covers, hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap and dryer sheets, paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, plates, bowls, cups (hot & cold) , and plastic eating utensils. Kitchen small appliances and other cooking utensils, Microwave safe bowls, and serving bowls, Coffee, individually wrapped creamer, sugar , tea and instant cocoa, and other condiments or snacks, Quilting and craft items, books, DVD’s, New or gently used clothing for clothes closet, Conference table, Folding tables & chairs.

For more information, contact  Valerie Stirling at 458-0856. ■

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