Tim Hawkins, Interviewed About Esplanade House and Other CAA Programs

May 23, 2018

The KKXX radio show Chico Now, recently had our very own Tim Hawkins, Chief Programs Officer, on as a guest. Matt Foor was the gracious host of the show and we appreciate his interest in what we are doing here in the community. He was interested to learn more about our Esplanade House and other CAA programs.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here, or read the transcript of the interview below.

Matt Foor:                        
Hey, my guest today in the studio is Tim Hawkins, and he is the Chief Programs Officer for the Community Action Agency of Butte County, connected with the Esplanade House. Welcome, Tim.

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Grace Community Church Makes a Difference at Our Esplanade House

May 03, 2018

On April 14th, Grace Community Church came to our Esplanade House for a "Work Day". They had a great turnout and we appreciate all they do for the Esplanade House and its residents. Their crew helped with a variety of much needed projects including installing new flooring, landscaping and yard waste removal, upgrading the outdoor community dining area, painting and general cleanup and maintenance.

We followed up with their Director of Administration and Ministry Support, Dee Wills to find out more about what motivates them to donate their time and resources to the Esplanade House.

"We LOVE Esplanade House!"
  - Dee Wills

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State Report of Butte County Community Action Agency’s Management Responsibility Returns Clean Bill of Health [Press Release]

April 27, 2018

The Community Action Agency of Butte County has received a favorable report by the state revealing “no significant issues” with grant fund use.

Chico, CA, April 25, 2018 – The Community Action Agency of Butte County (CAA), which has operated their Esplanade House Program for 27 years along with other key community programs, has received a positive conclusion to a comprehensive on-site review and audit conducted by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) in February 2018.  CSD’s official report was issued on April 20, 2018, and identified no significant findings. CAA is in compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations and has therefore been cleared of accusations of wrongdoing.

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Esplanade House “Laptops for Learning”

February 20, 2018

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.

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A Tradition of Giving: Butte College Baseball

February 12, 2018

How do we, as a society teach our young men and women the importance of giving? We want to take a look back and highlight a generous community building moment we had at the Esplanade House this last Christmas. The Butte College Baseball Team decided to not only donate toys, but to personally deliver them and spend time with the kids and families that they would benefit. The young men from Butte College got the opportunity to see the joy they brought to the lives of these kids first hand, and that makes a lasting impression.

So how did this happen? We spoke with Brian Thomas, assistant coach for the Butte College Baseball Team to find out.

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Thank You from the Esplanade House

January 24, 2018

In 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:

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Jesse's Testimonial: Life is Great Thanks to the Esplanade House

October 04, 2017

The Esplanade House provides substance abuse recovery services. These include education, individual sessions, and process groups addressing addiction to alcohol, drugs, and other substances and behaviors for adults. Watch Jesse's testimonial to learn why his life is great because of the services he received at the Esplanade House. 

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Aaron’s Story: The Hard Decision That Helped Him Get His Kids Back

September 22, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Watch Aaron’s story below to learn more about how the Esplanade House helps people break the cycle of addiction and bring families together again.

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E-House Kids Summer Reading Challenge Provides Pizza, Prizes and Life Change

August 29, 2017

At The Esplanade House in Chico, one of our key goals is to make sure that the children in our program are set on the path to the best education they can possibly have. Reading is a core part of any good education. We also recognize that some families have struggled to engage their kids in reading, so we decided to add a bit of fun and a competition to it! It’s amazing what kids will do if there is pizza in their future!

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The Esplanade House: Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness

July 28, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness since 1991. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Read below to learn more about the impactful programs and services the Esplanade House offers to families in need.

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