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Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Charity Profile
"The SAEHC/ Esperanza program has provided me with services and opportunities designed to help in areas where I fall short. Housing, connections to resources, and a variety of learning and support groups are definitely beneficial. However, the regular ISP meetings where goals are set and reviewed are what has and continues to be of the greatest value.
Living without goals is like playing basketball without keeping score. There is still the passing, shooting, fast breaks, and blocks, but without keeping score the essence of the game is lost. No wins. No way to measure improvement. No competition. No achievement, and eventually a complete loss of interest and desire in the game.
Every goal set in ISP meetings is an opportunity to “score” in life. Reviewing past goals achieved gives a sense of accomplishment and self worth. Regularly attaining goals builds confidence and creates momentum. Developing new goals provides direction, interest, and most importantly the desire to achieve in life.
Right now I am setting goals to obtain a degree in Natural Resources. It is through the program services that I have learned to be more intrinsically motivated. At first I focused on small goals but as I learned more tools and resources I was able to build upon my goals to reach new heights. For the first time in a long time I have a desire to live life and I feel like I am back in the game." The mission of Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC) is to provide assistance to families with children and individuals toward self reliance Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC) continues to be a profound force in moving homeless families and individuals to higher levels of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. Started as a Family Shelter program in 1972 meeting the basic needs of seven homeless families, the agency now serves an average of 500 program participants each day in a variety of programs.
Just as the agency has grown, so too has the scope of its goals and services. Initially, the provision of shelter alone helped people out of homelessness and therefore constituted the agency's mission.
However, goals have now changed to meet the changing needs of program participants. In its shelters, transitional housing, and community services programs, agency goals include the provision of individualized case plans, self-sufficiency workshops and groups such as living skills, parenting, budgeting, housing, health and mental health care, housing relocation assistance, and community support services.
SAEHC has not only developed a rich history and incorporated other service goals into its overall mission; it has managed its programs in such a way that they make visible and measurable change in people's lives.
Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Volunteer Information
The minimum age to volunteer at Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center is 13 years old. Volunteers age 13-17 must have written parental permission in order to volunteer. All prospective volunteers must attend a 1-hour volunteer orientation in order to be eligible to become a volunteer. During orientation, volunteers will learn about the SAEHC’s history, programs and open volunteer positions. Some programs require volunteers to be a minimum of 18 years of age and the volunteer must pass a background check prior to staring their volunteer service.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our
Please note that completing the volunteer sign-up form online does not guarantee that you will become a volunteer for SAEHC. You must attend an orientation and complete an interview prior to selection.
On-going Volunteer Projects Include:
Family Fun Fridays
Help us provide an afternoon of family fun for families experiencing homelessness. This is a great opportunity for groups of employees looking to give back in a fun way on a Friday afternoon. You have the freedom to determine what fun activities you would like to do and we will help facilitate. Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center's Family Shelter serves 13 families with children who are currently experiencing homelessness. It is the only shelter in Sacramento County that keeps families together by accepting fathers and sons over the age of 14.