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Safe Haven in need of a safer haven

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After an early morning fire on Oct. 24, the brand new Safe Haven facility for wellness and recovery was irrevocably destroyed. The aftermath forced the staff and peers to use their resiliency to ban together, offering a metaphorical shelter for those in need.

“We’re a very strong group,” said greeter, Amanda Davis. “Safe Haven is like our own little community, so we make sure that everybody’s taken care of as much as we can.”

“We’ve been through a lot,” said Roselyn Chandra, also a greeter for the support group that promotes awareness and outreach so that issues related to addiction, mental health, and isolation are addressed and supported in practical ways. “No one’s here to judge at all.”

Following the fire, the group moved back to their original space on East Carson Street at the Colusa County Behavioral Health office. 

Safe Haven President, Walter Osbourn, said that they haven’t found any prospective places other than the meeting room, and he is not certain how long that will be available to them. 

The meeting room is not large enough to accommodate many donations to replace what was lost in the fire at this time. However, Davis said that monetary donations will be deeply appreciated, or donations of a warm lunch along with consumables, such as paper plates and plastic silverware.

The group serves as a resource to social services and the drop-in center is open to anyone. 

“For some people, it’s their only meal for the day,” said Davis. “For some people, it’s their only interaction with other people.”

Davis said the group is still as strong as before the fire, averaging about 20 people a day, Monday through Friday. 

Hours are 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. ■

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