There has been a lot of talk about the homeless population of El Dorado County in recent months. The discussion ranges from “how to help” to “what to do” to “who is responsible…”
So here is something that you may not know. Since 2005, United Outreach, a non-profit organization, founded to respond to the obvious and growing need for emergency shelter and supportive service for homeless individuals and families in El Dorado County, has been responsible. For nine years we have quietly and successfully been serving this at-risk population through a two-pronged approach that includes a 30-day voucher for individuals and families to stay in a local hotel and a four-month transitional housing program. The transitional housing program provides a safe place to live with specific guidelines for residents.
With a volunteer board of committed local professionals and a part-time executive director/case manager, we have been consistently successful in helping to return families to a stable and self-sustaining life.
For many, United Outreach has been the answer to the question “who is responsible” and a small piece of the “how do we help” puzzle in this county.
So now, how can you help and become part of the solution? On May 6, the El Dorado Community Foundation is sponsoring a Give Where You Live campaign. Contributions to this campaign will help many non-profits in the county including United Outreach. For more information about our program and a link to the Give Where You Live campaign, please visit our Website: uoedc.org. We thank you for helping us to help others.
UO Board Member