After 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. “This is very impressive, and I know that Assemblyman Logue will look forward to touring the center as well,” she said.
Safe Haven participants, Workforce Education and Training volunteers and the consumers’ ‘pay it forward’ 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. “They have managed to create an atmosphere that is more than just a place of refuge, it’s truly a ‘home’ for all of them,” she said.
Colusa County Behavioral Health Director Terence ‘Terry’ Rooney attended as well.
Rooney stated that he is especially pleased with the progress he sees at the center. “It 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,” 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.
“This event is huge for our consumers,” said Parks. “This is a consumer-run center. They take great pride in what is accomplished here and its success is a group effort by the consumers,” 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.
“What a warm and welcoming environment,” Whitney said of Safe Haven. “The 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!”
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.