FAQ’s about Homelessness and Valley Restart Shelter

We try to help every person that walks in our doors. We might be able to provide shelter, or transportation home, or a meal. Sometimes we are not able to provide services though Valley Restart, but we will always provide referrals to other sources of assistance.
Linda Rogers has been executive Director, provided leadership and carried out our mission since 2003. She works under the direction of a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors. The Board membership represents a variety of local community sectors.
While the goal of VRS is to end homelessness, not all people qualify for or want the kind of help we provide, and not all panhandlers are homeless. If you really want to help, donations to local reputable agencies like VRS is a better choice.


· 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

*2017-2018 data

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