Donate to help the people who rely on the Building Bridges Homeless Shelter for a safe place to sleep every night
The Building Bridges (B2) homeless shelter is working hard to stay open for the months of August, September, and October 2020! This Ukiah-based shelter is usually only open during the winter months and closes at the end of April. However, given the current health crisis it is more important than ever to provide stability and consistency for vulnerable folks in our community. Thanks to funding through the County of Mendocino and other private sources, the B2shelter has been able to keep going for an extra three months. Now we need YOUR help to bridge the gap to get us to November when the B2 winter shelter would normally open.
B2 is more than a shelter. It provides people experiencing a housing crisis with a safe place to rest, reconnect, heal, and transform their lives. It is a housing focused facility that offers expanded services with the goal of supporting people to acquire housing. Guests can access private showers, washers and dryers for cleaning their clothes, extensive supportive services, a place to receive their mail, and other vital resources. B2 focuses on serving and sheltering people most vulnerable living on the streets, such as elders and people living with disabilities. Over 80% of guests using our shelter have deeply connected roots to Mendocino County. These are our brothers, sisters, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles. Our family and loved ones.
B2’s Program Manager, Sage Wolf, shares: “The people who use the shelter are part of my community. They are amazing humans who are supporting each other through the challenges of being unhoused. Our guests keep bringing fundraising ideas to me, wanting to do car washes, yard sales. Folks who have limited SSI income want to pay to stay at the shelter if it would help keep it open. Employees who work for the shelter have donated to this fundraiser. We would rather they focus their energy and personal funds on taking care of themselves and finding housing, but the message is clear. The shelter is an important resource for the Mendocino County community.”
It costs roughly $50,000 per month to operate the B2 Shelter and we are aiming to raise $150,000 to support the shelter for August, September, and October. We understand this sounds like a lot of money to raise and an expensive project. With at least 46 people staying at the shelter every night, it costs $37/person/night at the B2 Shelter. This is comparable with the cost of emergency shelters in other areas around the state and is far less than something like the $222/person/night cost for a stay in jail in California (https://lao.ca.gov/PolicyAreas/CJ/6_cj_inmatecost). Funds raised for the B2 shelter are used to pay for the peer support counselors who support the guests, hotel vouchers for families with children who are experiencing homelessness, supplies, and operating expenses like utilities and insurance.
Our community could make a difference by donating:
$37 to sponsor ONE person getting shelter for ONE night
$125 to cover the costs of 30 showers and 15 loads of laundry (a days’ worth of B2 shelter showers and laundry)
$259 to sponsor ONE person accessing shelter, shower, laundry, computers, clothing closet, and staff support for ONE whole week.
“We are reaching out far and wide for support with this fundraiser, seeking donations from individuals and organizations alike, and exploring any/all sources of funding. The B2 shelter is a vital part of addressing homelessness in Mendocino County and we want to keep it going for the people who rely on it for a safe place to sleep every night,” says Victoria Kelly, CEO of Redwood Community Services.
Thank you for supporting this resource for our vulnerable folks experiencing homelessness. Please donate, share on social media, ask friends to support! Everyone who uses the shelter is grateful!
Building Bridges – what is it?
B2 is a Ukiah-based collaborative homeless resource center designed to provide outreach, safe shelter, and housing related services to people experiencing a housing crisis in Mendocino County. B2 operates from a low barrier perspective – meaning that as few barriers to services and shelter are put in place as possible. The primary goal of B2 is to provide a safe place for people to access supports that will aid them with acquiring and sustaining housing.
For more information about Building Bridges please visit: www.redwoodcommunityservices.org/homelessservices