Nearly four years after celebrating a milestone, the Safe Haven Drop-in Center has moved to a much larger location.
“We have more space to host more groups and activities for wellness,” said Peer Support Specialist Valerie Stirling
The new facility, located at 411 Main Street in Colusa, has over 5,800 sq. ft. of space, and will provide ample space for the Drop-in Center as well as future expansion.
“We have ample room to work on projects or to hold group meetings, as well as a recreation room, a full kitchen, two ADA compliant restrooms, as well as a private space to meet with counselors,” said Stirling.
The new location has been receiving a great response as several individuals visit the facility each day, Sterling commented.
Safe Have is designed as a non-judgmental and safe place for people to share, learn skills, and obtain necessary life skills.
“People want to feel like they belong to a community, and here they can be apart of a community that will help them,” said Stirling.
Many of the facilities visitors include individuals in recovery, post recovery, or experiencing a mental health challenge.
According to Sterling, the goal is to help individuals take responsibility in their own mental health through the process of self help.
“We build vocational skills to help people get back in the workforce, assist them to develop a resume, and provide job skills training,” said Stirling, “we also provide a variety of programs such as Personal Medicine, Mindfulness, Healthier Living, and much more.”
Sterling commented that Mindfulness is a form of meditation and how to control your anger, and emotions when facing a tough situation.
“We also have fun activities such as arts and crafts, karaoke, bingo and a walking group,” said Sterling.
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Coordinator, Senaida Rangel, commented that Safehaven has become more recovery focused and is looking to expand its volunteer basis.
“We are looking for volunteers to help out, and who would be willing to share their strengths, and talents,” said Rangel.
Safe Haven is funded in part by the California Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63, as well as contributions from members of the community and donations. The new location, 411 Main Street, has over 5,800 Sq. Ft.; including three offices located on the first floor, five offices and a large conference room located on the second floor, and a one bedroom apartment with its entrance. The current lease is valid May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2016, at a cost of $3,500 a month.
The Safe Haven Drop-In Center is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. “We encourage everyone to stop by, and visit the center,” said Stirling. ■