To: Communities of Hemet, San Jacinto
October 1, 2018
From: Muriel Dufresne 323 905 831
P R E S S R E L E A S E
TACKLING THE HOMELESS ISSUE
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS BAND TOGETHER TO SUPPORT
VALLEY RESTART SHELTER
We have a homeless situation in our Valley and concerned citizens joined together to do something about it.
A fundraising event was held at the Golden Era Productions Clipper Ship called the Star of California. The fundraiser was for the Valley Restart which is the only Homeless Shelter here in the San Jacinto Valley.
Golden Era Productions (part of the Church of Scientology) along with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Valle Vista Assembly of God, two members from the City of Hemet City Council and Valley Restart joined together to put on a fundraiser to benefit the homeless families in the Valley. The sponsors for the event were the Soboba Foundation, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, Steve Dimemmo, the Bank of Hemet, Brubaker Culton, Pechanga Casino, George & Krystyne Gray, Hemet Elks Lodge #1740, Domenigoni Barton Properties and Golden Era Productions.
Over 200 people from the local community came to support the homeless. Hemet City Councilwoman and the Chair of the Homeless Valley Task Force, Bonnie Wright, states, “The success of this event was due to the City and community’s commitment working together in addressing this critical issue plaguing our valley. The City Council and Task Force are proud to support the great work of Valley Restart in alignment with developing a strategic permanent solution for those in need.”
Valley Restart has a structured program developed for those homeless who want to help themselves. They have nine family units and a five-person dorm for males and one for females. For the last 15 years, they have helped the homeless with 88% of the residents successfully exiting to a higher level of housing and self-sufficiency. Additionally Valley Restart offers an evening meal from their commercial kitchen to those in need in our community each evening at 6pm and nightly, volunteers from 35-40 churches and service organizations purchase, prepare and serve a home-cooked meal. Annually they have served more than 50,000 meals. A “Bus Ticket Home” program begun in 2004 has reconnected hundreds of persons displaced in our valley who have loved ones elsewhere in the United States.
The Star of California provided a memorable setting for this fundraiser which had the theme of a “cruise”. Aboard welcoming the guests was Captain Quinn Hawley in his full dress whites, who is a retired Naval Captain. Also on hand was Cruise Director, Cory Stephens who graduated from Hemet High School and went on to work for Disney Entertainment and the Disney Cruise Lines. He was pleased to return to his home port of Hemet to be in support of the Valley Restart shelter.
During the evening’s festivities, a presentation was done to Chuck and Therese Steadman who have lived in this valley for 38 years and were acknowledged for their work with Valley Restart for over 20 years including serving on the Valley Restart Shelter Board of Directors. They were acknowledged with certificates from Congressman Raul Ruiz, State Assemblyman Chad Mayes, County Supervisor Chuck Washington and the Hemet and San Jacinto City Council.
The evening entertainment was the Golden Era Musicians with guest singer, Giovanni Yepremian from Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro which was followed a live auction which included items such as Laker game tickets, an autographed basketball signed by the entire Lakers Team of 2018, two nights at the historic Hidden Lodge in Idyllwild where Elvis filmed Kid Galahad and a private sailing charter.
With the community support that continues to flow in, it will ensure that Valley Restart families and their children move quickly from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Working together as a community is the only way to make an effective change. It is only people, businesses, churches and organizations working together that is going to solve the homeless problem. For more information go to valleyrestart.info.