Carmichael HART is an all-volunteer-run nonprofit. We have 0 administrative costs. We can operate our programs while guaranteeing community investment is routed directly to our community's most vulnerable because of the support of our incredible volunteer members at large and board members. If you are interested in participating in our board of directors or getting involved in one of our committees, please contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our main needs are financial and volunteer support for the following programs.
Winter Respite Center: During the coldest months of the year, local churches and volunteers provide services to the unhoused at our annual Winter Respite Center. The Winter Respite Center offers a breakfast and take-home meal, a place to stay warm, phone charging stations, showers, and a connection to mainstream services such as Dignity Health nurses and Housing Navigation. Last year, the Winter Respite center hosted 138 different unhoused individuals, averaging 17 per day. The program takes place three days per week for three months.
Student Buddy Mentorship Program: The Student Buddy Program is a partnership of CHART, San Juan Unified School District, and parents, providing mentoring to insecure housing students in a safe and supervised environment. Mentors provide leadership, friendship, and goal-setting.
Outreach Services: Carmichael HART was founded to provide resources to our unhoused neighbors. Our community outreach consists of 2 programs: a Shower Program every Saturday and a Meal Distribution Program every Thursday. The Shower Program acts like the Respite Center mentioned above but runs year-round. Here, local homeless are welcome to receive showers, meals, services, and hospitality. The Meal Distribution Program provides 40 meals to local homeless encampments every Thursday of the year. Often, the volunteers distributing the meals are accompanied by other service providers such as medical professionals or the Housing Navigator. CHART's Outreach Program operates thanks to the work of 100+ local volunteers.
Transitional Housing Program: Carmichael HART operates two transitional houses. The Transitional Housing Program aims to prepare recently homeless residents of Carmichael for life after the streets. Transitional Housing services include rent-free housing, case management, job, and employment training, medical and mental health referrals, and mentorship. Four men and four women live in the Transitional Housing Program at any given time.