We break the cycle of poverty and homelessness
We offer respite housing in local motels together with public health nurse care coordination for homeless individuals dealing with a medical crisis and who lack a system of care.
We provide up to six weeks in a clean, safe environment while providing three meals a day and links to medical, social, transportation and housing services. Nursing students from the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions assist our clinicians with health teaching visits, medication management and wellness planning designed to support housing readiness and independence.
of clients have a"medical home"
Marin Community Clinic~Ritter Center
0 hospital admissions
76% transition to housing
Community cost savings
in excess of four times
.. the cost of intervention
When my sister and I became homeless, my sister was told by Mill Street that they could not accept us because they were a self care facility and my sister's illness and disabilities required full time care by me. Rita's Opportunity Village Marin program saved us!
This program is invaluable in that it allows those with urgent medical needs to have clean, safe environment in which to rest and recuperate, without the added stress of having to be outside in hot summers or cold winters. Those who are very ill often need to be checked on during the night by caregivers or family members. Rita's program acknowledges this reality and accommodates the needs of the sick or disabled client, unlike the traditional shelter environment which does not address these needs. S.T.
Good news! After cataract surgery, my eyesight is quite amazing! I can see without my glasses better than previously! I'm absolutely delightedI Life is good! And...many thanks to you! Frankly, I could not have done it without you! Thanks also for connecting me to the mobile home park up north! I will follow up! There are three units available & the manager and I got on very well! Many tenants are women, apparently a safe, supportive place. All good! A. H-S.
DID YOU KNOW?
Seattle's Downtown Emergency Service Center has known for years through their experience working with highly vulnerable individuals that when the chaos of homelessness is eliminated from a person's life, clinical and social stabilization occur more readily and are more long-lasting.
Published research dating back to 2009 (Journal of the American Medical Association) demonstrates the effectiveness of "housing first" programs. Providing on-site services without the requirement of abstinence and other restrictions is more successful and cost effective than allowing people to remain homeless.
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