CHI is developing an alternative approach to dealing with the causal effects of homelessness. This program, "Community Within Community" is designed to support residents in their journeys to become physically well, emotionally and fiscally whole, with their sobriety intact. The Community Within Community Program will utilize incentives to celebrate, and motivate, participants who are meeting the goals that they themselves established as part of their journey to self-sufficiency. These incentives may include experiences and gift cards that, while small in monetary value, provide an outsized boost to our participants' self-confidence and personal momentum.
As part of our healing, community-focused approach CHI is proud to have SkyLab - a safe place where children at our Serna Village location can come learn about themselves (as leaders and mentors), and the wonders of science, art, engineering, and math in the world around them. The mission of SkyLab is to help kids at CHI truly appreciate that "the sky's the limit!" Sky Lab offers several programs to engage and enrich the lives of our youth and child residents, including Homework Club, Fab Lab (STEAM) and Eureka! (STEM), Zumba, Cheer, Reading Club, a mentoring program, and experiential field trips.
In addition to unrestricted funding, CHI would love to have an experienced Zumba volunteer to come "take it up a notch" and lead our kids through Zumba's heart-healthy dance moves.
We create healing communities that are solution-focused, participant-driven, and strength-based, where homeless people help themselves - and each other-to transition from the streets to self-sustainability. When you sponsor a cottage for a year, you are supporting that resident and their family on their path to self-sufficiency.
With more than 400 residents escaping homelessness, including nearly 300 children, we have a great need for household items, clothing, personal care products, and other items essential to daily life in a safe and comfortable environment. These items are assembled into welcome baskets for new residents to make them feel welcome.