Oct 30, 2019

Changing the Odds for Oakland's Unhoused

Thanks to your support and our committed staff, we have achieved tremendous success over the past year operating our Roots Oakland Homecoming residence! Oakland Homecoming offers stable housing concurrently with on-the-job training, counseling, and health navigation as a path to permanent stability for Oakland's unsheltered residents.

During the span of the Oakland Homecoming program, we have serviced 18 formerly homeless individuals with employment services and housing. Fifteen are accomplishing their goals of self-sufficiency and have graduated into stable employment progressing towards steady housing. Job training also includes learning financial stability skills.

Some highlights:

Twelve residents have opened up checking and savings accounts while learning strategies to save money. 

One of our current residents has received numerous skills in job training and as a result, is gainfully employed full time. His goal is to obtain an apartment and thanks Oakland Homecoming for the opportunity to get back on his feet.

We congratulate two former residents on getting married since transitioning to stable housing from Oakland Homecoming!

One resident has gone on to higher education while working full time

Another resident lived at Oakland Homecoming for five months, secured full-time employment, and saved money to not only purchase car but become a homeowner! The resident described his experience as "the freedom I never experienced, to be able to have a room of my own and to be able to make meals in my own space.” Oakland Homecoming has allowed this resident to make a smooth transition into society while having a sense of community and family away from home.

Currently Oakland Homecoming has four residents with current availability for four more. We have achieved great results during the past year with Oakland Homecoming in providing residents with a pathway to stability. Please share and refer unhoused Oakland residents who are ready, willing and able to work. 

Your continued support helps to expand this program to transition more individuals from Oakland’s encampments into stable housing and employment. Please also consider donating - and asking your friends to do the same - as we continue to support unsheltered Oaklanders in their transition to self-sustainability!

With gratitude,

The Roots Family

Apr 22, 2019

Spotlight: Prioritizing the Greatest Need

Thanks to your support, the Roots Community Market has been able to provide fresh produce, vegetables, and shelf stable foods to over 750 households! We have now received 21 donations to our project totaling $2,130.

In January 2019 Roots launched our Turning Point initiative to assist in abating the current devastating housing crisis in Oakland, California. The Turning Point Project provides up to 40 homeless individuals with free temporary housing (emergency bridge units), housing navigation, and linkage to healthcare and employment assistance. Thanks to your support, Turning Point residents are also able to shop for food weekly at the Roots Community Market!

Within the first two months of Turning Point’s launch one resident has already found permanent housing and four have been linked to job opportunities. This is a huge success! And as they make these critical transitions, their access to food will remain stable, thanks to your support.

Thank you for helping us maintain the Roots Community Market as a resource for all of our clients and especially for those with the greatest need.

Stay tuned for future updates from the Roots Community Market!

 

Sincerely,

The Roots Family

Apr 4, 2019

9 Months of Success!

We have had an incredible first 9 months operating our Oakland Homecoming house! Roots' Oakland Homecoming offers stable housing concurrently with on-the-job training, counseling, and service navigation as a path to permanent stability for Oakland's unsheltered residents.


Eight current and past residents (89%) are successfully accomplishing their goals of self-sufficiency (one participant was supported to enter a residential treatment facility). Three have graduated into stable employment with newly established bank accounts and an average savings of $5,500; the remaining 5 are currently in Oakland Homecoming and are progressing well.

With these promising early results, and your support, we look forward to expanding this programming to transition more individuals from Oakland's encampments into stable employment and housing.

Thanks to your past support, we have had much success in providing our residents with a pathway to stability. Please consider donating and sharing as we continue to support our Oakland Homecoming residents.

Sincerely,

The Roots Family

 
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