header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather


 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
February 23
1998 - Worst day of record-setting 1997-98 El Nino storm season [story]
El Nino


As winds whip the Santa Clarita Valley and make outside conditions cold and even dangerous for locals without homes, the SCV Emergency Winter Shelter, newly rechristened “Bridge to Home,” opens on Drayton Street in Newhall on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The winter of 2011-2012 will mark the 15th year the non-profit Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation has operated the local shelter. It provides hot meals, a safe environment and important job and medical resources to homeless people and others in need in the SCV during the coldest months of the year, from Dec. 1 to approximately March 15.

More than 100 local residents visited the Bridge to Home shelter campus at 23031 Drayton Street off Railroad Avenue on Wednesday night for the annual community open house event, hosted by shelter board members, staff, volunteers and other supporters.

Organizers gave tours of the shelter, which includes separate sleeping quarters for men and women, a large dining and all-purpose meeting room, portable showers and restrooms, intake offices and storage.

Tour guides answered questions about the shelter, its mission and the services provided, which are designed to not only provide immediate aid, but also to help end the cycle of homelessness.

The Drayton shelter can house as many as 60 individuals nightly. Because children are not allowed to stay overnight there, as many as five families per night may also receive vouchers to stay in a local motel, according to Tim Davis, SCCDC executive director.

Davis welcomed the Open House visitors as they gathered in the dining room to hear his brief presentation formally announcing the shelter’s new name and previewing the coming season.

Davis also outlined the organization’s primary goal — to expand the winter services to year-round services — and detailed the new “Friends of the Shelter” program, which invites locals to contribute $10 a month to help cover the costs of keeping the shelter open and providing assistance to families year-round.

“At the shelter, we want to be the access center, so if someone comes to your church or your organization, or goes to the city or the sheriff’s station and says, ‘I’m homeless and I need help,’ you know where to call,” Davis said. “We’ll be the access center and we’ll say, ‘We want to see that person, and we’ll figure out where that person needs to go to get the right kind of help.’ Sometimes it’s just a loan of a few bucks to pay for some medicine or so they can make the rent payment on time, or they need emergency shelter.”

Davis also said organizers have been in talks with officials at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia about the shelter providing transitional or limited care to needy clients with medical issues.

“When there’s a client or a patient at the hospital who doesn’t really need to be hospitalized, but needs to have a warm place to sleep, to take a shower, help to take their medications on time, the hospital doesn’t have anybody in town they can refer that person to, and it costs a substantial amount of money to keep them,” Davis said.

“We’d like to set up a four- or five-bed ‘Recuperative Care Center’ for people who really don’t need nursing care,” he continued. “They just need to make sure they get three meals a day, a shower, and somebody to remind them to take their medications. So in one facility, somewhere in Santa Clarita, we want to put together those features.”

For more information about the winter shelter, Bridge to Home and the Friends of the Shelter program, email Davis at ed@sccdc.com, call the shelter hotline at 661-259-1298 or visit www.santaclaritashelter.com, where a list of current needs is posted.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    SCV NONPROFIT LINKS

    NONPROFIT HEADLINES
    Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
    Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
    Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
    Since 2014, the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm Campaign has saved at least 2,030 lives nationwide from the threat of home fires, which claim seven lives every day in the U.S.
    Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024
    The Triumph Foundation 11th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival, a two-day free sporting event open to the public will be held Saturday, April 27 and 28 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.
    Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024
    Wolf Greek Restaurant and Brewing Co. will host an all day fundraiser to benefit Carousel Ranch’s "Carousel Wishes & Valentine Kisses" campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22.
    Friday, Feb 16, 2024
    Raising the Curtain Foundation is hosting the ‘Masterclass Fundraiser and Performance – A Theatrical Journey Through Wicked,’ on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    Author and illustrator Vashti Harrison (Film/Video MFA 14) has been named the recipient of the 2024 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children for her book "Big."
    CalArtian Wins 2024 Caldecott Medal
    Earlier this month, CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development recognized 10 physical therapy students for winning scholarships from the Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
    CSUN Physical Therapy Students Honored by Campanella, Dodgers Foundations
    The Master's University men's basketball team was nearly perfect down the stretch as they defeated the Jessup Warriors 72-65 Thursday night at The MacArthur Center.
    Mustangs Defense Comes Up Big in Win Over Jessup 72-65
    Scoring 23 points in the final quarter, The Master's University women's basketball team broke open a close game to defeat the Jessup Warriors 59-45 Thursday night in The MacArthur Center.
    Lady Mustangs Pull Away in 4th to Defeat Warriors 59-45
    Calling all Junior High and High School students – bring your IDs and join us for discounted ice skating at The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint Valencia, located at 27745 Smyth Drive.
    City Releases Schedule for High School Nights at The Cube
    Valencia-based Lief Labs, a premier formulation and product development innovator and manufacturer of dietary supplements which was founded in February of 2008, marked the completion of its 15th year of business with a celebratory event at Lief’s Valencia headquarters on Friday, Feb. 16.
    Valencia-Based Lief Labs Celebrates 15 Years
    The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a public safety meeting Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 6 p.m.
    Feb. 27: City Council Expected Consider Parks Vacancy Applicants
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Friday 78 new cases and one additional death from COVID-19 in the Santa Clarita Valley within the last week.
    Public Health Ends Weekly COVID-19 Updates
    Recently, the Department of Public Health received a Proposition 65 Notice from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding the threatened illegal discharge of hazardous waste from the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
    Prop 65 Notice Issued to L.A. County for Chiquita Canyon Landfill
    One of my favorite passions is traveling, especially to exotic countries to explore different cultures and lifestyles – and if I can’t travel, I love to escape within the pages of a book.
    Bill Miranda | Santa Clarita Unveils One Story One City Selection
    1998 - Worst day of record-setting 1997-98 El Nino storm season [story]
    El Nino
    Star has never been one to let a tough situation keep her down. But an unexpected injury put her resilience to the test.
    Triumph Foundation:  Star Shines Bright When Darkness Closes In
    The Master's University track and field teams had a record-breaking afternoon recently at the Golden Eagle Invitational in Irvine.
    Mustangs Enjoy Record-Breaking Afternoon at Golden Eagle Invitational
    VENTURA — College of the Canyons saw its second round of action in the young season with a trip to Ventura College for the annual Western State Conference (WSC) Relays on Feb. 16. 
    Cougars Set School Record at WSC Relays
    Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose Fifth District includes the Santa Clarita Valley, issued a statement in response to Thursday's Chiquita Canyon Landfill protest.
    Barger Releases Statement Regarding Chiquita Canyon Protest
    Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
    Henry Mayo Earns High Quality Maternity Care Recognition
    College of the Canyons student-athletes Estrella Segura (women's tennis) and Ethan Posthumus (men's golf) have been named the COC Athletic Department's Women's & Men's Student-Athletes of the Week for the period running Feb. 12-17
    COC Names Estrella Segura, Ethan Posthumus Named Athletes of the Week
    The California Department of Transportation advises the public that a helicopter will be used in a highway project on State Route 14, south of Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita beginning Tuesday, Feb. 27.
    Caltrans Announces Helicopter Aid to Protect Golden Valley Road Slope
    Grab your friends and family, and meet Santa Clarita city staff on the trail!
    Santa Clarita Community Encouraged to ‘Take a Hike’
    Bright lights, thousands of screaming fans — dream job.
    Two CSUN Music Alums Join Jonas Brothers on World Tour
    Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Wednesday against food delivery company Grubhub alleging false and deceptive advertising, misrepresentation and unfair business practices that financially harm consumers, delivery drivers and restaurants.
    County Files Suit Against Grubhub Alleging Unfair Business Practices
    Antelope Valley Indian Museum wants to invite its amazing local youth to a fun weekly reading sit-down at the Museum.
    AV Indian Museum Hosting Book Time at The Butte
    Since 2014, the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm Campaign has saved at least 2,030 lives nationwide from the threat of home fires, which claim seven lives every day in the U.S.
    American Red Cross’ ‘Sound the Alarm’ Campaign Returns
    The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) wishes to provide clarifying information regarding the fatal dog attack in Compton on Feb. 16.
    DACC Addresses Consequences of Backyard Breeding
    SCVNews.com