Friday, February 26, 2021

Safe Haven Drop-In Center Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

IMG_5318After five years in existence and one year in its bigger facility in downtown Colusa, Safe Haven Drop-In Center had cause for celebration early this month.

Behavioral Health consumers, staff, community supporters and county and state officials attended the Center’s anniversary celebration on March 1.

On behalf of Assemblyman Dan Logue, his field representative Yvonne Henderson presented the center with a State Resolution commending its efforts and accomplishments in the community.

Henderson commented that she was very impressed with the center and the strides it is making to assist in the ongoing recovery of its consumers. ‚ÄúThis is very impressive, and I know that Assemblyman Logue will look forward to touring the center as well,‚ÄĚ she said.

Safe Haven participants, Workforce Education and Training volunteers and the consumers‚Äô ‚Äėpay it forward‚Äô project are noted in the resolution as playing a vital role in improving the quality of life in the community.

Henderson added that consumers themselves should be commended for their day-to-day efforts in keeping the center very well maintained. ‚ÄúThey have managed to create an atmosphere that is more than just a place of refuge, it‚Äôs truly a ‚Äėhome‚Äô for all of them,‚ÄĚ she said.

Colusa County Behavioral Health Director Terence ‚ÄėTerry‚Äô Rooney attended as well.

Rooney stated that he is especially pleased with the progress he sees at the center. ‚ÄúIt is a joy to see people being themselves and celebrating themselves in fellowship. For those who have been lost, marginalized or disenfranchised within their community it is a pleasure to see their return, their recovery. I am impressed by the courage of those who ask for help and inspired by those who both provide it,‚ÄĚ he said.

Mental Health Services Act coordinator Dereck Parks and peer support specialist Valerie Stirling who oversee the center agreed the day was a great success.

‚ÄúThis event is huge for our consumers,‚ÄĚ said Parks. ‚ÄúThis is a consumer-run center. They take great pride in what is accomplished here and its success is a group effort by the consumers,‚ÄĚ he added.

Jennifer Whitney with the Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission also made the trip to Colusa from Sacramento to attend the open house. While visiting the site she conducted an interview Parks and with one Safe Haven participant; John Davis.

The interview will be aired on an upcoming segment of Whitney’s weekly MHOAC radio broadcast.

‚ÄúWhat a warm and welcoming environment,‚ÄĚ Whitney said of Safe Haven. ‚ÄúThe client I talked with for the OAC’s radio show couldn’t say enough about how much he has been helped by Safe Haven. Congratulations to everyone for making a difference in people’s lives!‚ÄĚ

Safe Haven Drop-In Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is located at 131 5th Street in Colusa. For more information contact Valerie Stirling at (530) 458-0856 or Dereck Parks at (530) 458-0857.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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