· VRS Shletered 266 people; 53 families, 132 of which were children
· 74% of participants were families
· 54% were homeless for the first time
· 98% left VRS for better housing
· 51,251 meals were served a total of 602 people were served just meals outside of the housing program
· The average shelter stay is 54 days
One young woman had struggled with substance use and had experienced domestic violence. She came to the shelter, was reunited with her child, and was able to get a job and move to independent living. She continues her success to this day.
In 2018 73% of all services were for residents of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley. Everyone must have a California ID because we do background checks on everyone. We are not able to shelter registered sex offenders, parolees, persons with outstanding warrants or who have a history of violent convictions. People with substance use may not actively use at the shelter and are encouraged to be in recovery. Shelter residents are subject to testing.
Examples of who we help:
· A family that has been evicted because of the loss of a job
· The spouse escaping an abusive situation
· A recovering alcoholic needing to find a job and save for housing
· Families and individuals whose food money does not last until the end of the month