In 2016 the Butte County Office of Education opened Come Back Butte Charter School in an effort to help students who had quit attending school to “come back to school and finish what you started”. CAA fully supports these vital education efforts. One of the ways we support this particular project is our “Laptops for Learning” program at our Esplanade House. Our participants who are working toward their high school diploma, or the HiSET equivalency exam, receive a laptop to accomplish their schoolwork. When they have earned their diploma or passed the equivalency exam, they get to keep the laptop. The refurbished laptops are purchased from Computers for Classrooms at a discount, and we would like to thank them for their support of this important program.
The opportunity is tailor-made for folks like our CAA Esplanade House participants. Whether it’s teens who struggled with attendance, or adults who never had the opportunity to earn their GED 20 years ago, CAA has made a commitment to help them learn and create opportunities for themselves and their families. CAA has made space available for the school on-site and instructor Matt McGuire has become a fixture at CAA Esplanade House on Wednesdays.
Esplanade House offers encouragement and support throughout the process. We recently threw a pizza party to celebrate residents who had received good attendance. On June 5th of last year, Come Back Butte Charter held their very first graduation ceremony. Our very own Crystal Y. was among the first graduating class! Crystal has earned her laptop and we are extremely proud of her efforts!
At Butte County CAA our mission is to provide hope to people struggling with poverty to help them become more self-sustaining. Our Esplanade House provides transitional housing and intensive supportive services for homeless families with children. The main goal of our 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. Our program also places a special emphasis on helping children recover from the trauma of their family’s homelessness. We work to give them the support they need to succeed in school, address developmental progress, and gain social and emotional competencies necessary for their future.