Community Action Agency’s 2017 Year in Review

Monday, Jan 08, 2018

2017-reviewIn 2017, Community Action Agency celebrated 50 years of helping the community and we wanted to share some of the accomplishments we’re proud of that wouldn’t have happened without the generous support from our volunteers, donors, staff and community partnerships. In honor of our 50 years of service, we were pleased to accept resolutions from the City of Chico, the County of Butte, the California State Senate, and Laura Page, Representative for Congressman LaMalfa. Below are more of our highlights from 2017.

Esplanade House

The Esplanade House (E-House) provides transitional housing and intensive supportive services for homeless families with children. The main goal of the Esplanade House program is to work with homeless families to accomplish life changes that will help them to become as healthy, confident, and self-sufficient as possible.

  • CAA E-House was recognized as the third best youth program in the Chico News and Review Best of Chico Contest 
  • Our newly implemented Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Program has been a huge success:

Eddy is the first resident to complete the entire MRT program at CAA Esplanade House. Moral Reconation Therapy- MRT® has changed lives and provided an important, practical tool for people who needed a life of more positive decision-making and behaviors. Eddy put forth the effort and dedication needed to complete the process and we couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishment! Congratulations Eddy!

E-House by the Numbers

  • 28 Families were reunited with their children through the Department of Employment and Social Services
  • The E-House had 5 families graduated from Phase 2 of our program and exited into permanent housing.
  • 196 – number of E-House Residents served
  • 18 families/46 individuals – number of families/individuals exited to secure housing
  • 14 – number of Children’s Services Department cases close
  • 1 family who graduated phase 2 purchased their first home
  • Watch Aaron’s Success Story here

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

  • In 2017 alone, we served 1,249 families, resulting in $1,073,598 in refunds.

North State Food Bank

The CAA’s North State Food Bank collects and distributes food throughout the service region encompassing Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra and Tehama counties.  With the help of our extensive network of partners, the North State Food Bank offers multiple programs to help low income families get the food and nutrition they need each month. Below is an outline of the programs that we run with our incredible team of staff and volunteers.

  • 42,869 – number of Emergency Food Assistance Program boxes
  • Approx. 3,000 – of families receiving food via Tailgates
  • 14,000 pounds – amount of food send to Kids’ Farmers Markets
  • 121,000 – amount of produce

Energy and Environmental Services

The Environmental and Energy program works to reduce the costs of heating and air conditioning, allowing families to utilize their income more effectively. Simply stated, reducing energy costs means families have more money to spend on food, medicine and other essentials.

  • 1,092 - number of homes weatherized
  • 216 – number of AC/Heaters repaired or replaced
  • 1,600 – number of households receiving Utility Assistance
  • $1,023,722 – total amount of Utility Assistance dollars

Discover how you can help

Thank you for making 2017 at Community Action Agency a successful one! If you’d like to see how you can be involved in 2018 you can learn more about us here.