Thank You from the Esplanade House

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

Family held up in sunsetIn case you missed it, the last weeks of 2017 were full of news involving the Esplanade House, much of it troubling and difficult to sort through. We want you to know that in spite of anything that you may have heard the Esplanade House is alive and well.  We are not closing!! While we are saddened by the need to separate from the founders, we realize all things are seasonal. There are times when the goals and objectives of one party simply do not align with another, and a shift must happen.  

On behalf of the many children and families who have benefited from the work of our Esplanade House Program, Thank You!  With your generosity the children of our Esplanade House have grown up to be healthy members of our community for 26 years.  As the owner/operator of the Esplanade House Program for that 26 years the Board, staff, volunteers and partners of the Community Action Agency of Butte County are planning for a bright future.  With your support we’ve grown our capacity to serve 14 families in 1991 to 58 families in 2004 to the present. We’re acknowledged as the leader in transitional housing for families in the North Valley.  We have successfully assisted hundreds of families in their quest to improve their lives.  They are now able to pursue opportunities to maximize their skills and talents.

 

Our excellent staff and volunteers have made possible the following program successes that, with your support, we’ve seen just in this past year:

  • 18 families (46 individuals) moved to safe and secure housing beyond the Esplanade House program;

  • One family recently graduated and moved out to purchase and become a homeowner!

  • Over a dozen families closed their open child-protection cases as their children are now living with their parents in a safe and healthy home environment;

  • Housed many new families resulting in the wait list dropping from 88 families to 15;

  • Launched the MRT (Moral Reconative Therapy) and Break the Chains of Trauma Therapy programs. Both of these programs are evidence-based with strong histories of successfully assisting individuals to transition to be positive members of the community;

  • Currently, CAA is expanding the program based on the Two Generation approach (“2-Gen”) focused on reducing the incidence of intergenerational poverty;

  • Teen residents ran their own yard sale, learning valuable business skills, and were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

  • In addition, we have established successful partnerships with:

    • Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services to expand capacity to provide case management and counseling services to at-risk families, both those on site and on the waitlist;

    • Come Back Butte Charter School and Computers for Classrooms for onsite GED/High School continuation program – to help residents complete their GED or high school diploma using loaned-to-owned laptops via Laptops for Learning;

    • Grace Community Church, Torres Shelter and Jesus Center to create a family-to-family mentorship program;

    • North Valley Property Owners’ Association, CSUC and the Butte County Homeless Continuum of Care to create a Good Tenant certification to better prepare residents for success when in their own home after graduation;

    • Butte County Children’s Services Division to support the reunification of families separated because of homelessness;
    • Work Experience Program, CSUC, churches and neighbors to host numerous volunteers;

    • Continued partnerships with over 20 agencies, businesses, sole proprietors, churches, community groups, and other non-profits have allowed for continuation of classes on parenting, child rearing, substance abuse, financial literacy, supportive living, life skills, computer skills, and education.
  • And finally, we partnered with Super Luper Cubs to open a child development program on site to provide our children with a sensitive and rich developmental experience.

 

Again, for all of your support, thank you! We have been grateful to have a number of brand new donors come forward during this particularly challenging transition. We are hopeful that you will continue to place your confidence in the program and help us transform the lives of many more families in our community.  To learn more and to make your support go farther please go to www.buttecaa.com.  We are also open to answering any questions you might have, so feel free to submit those on our Contact Us page. We hope that the new year of 2018 is full of thanks and giving.

 

With gratitude,

The Families, Staff and Board 
of Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.

 


Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.