Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chinn's Open House

Posted by on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

click to enlarge The new day center for the homeless. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
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  • The new day center for the homeless.

It's crisp, it's clean and it smells like fresh lilies in here — and there they are, two big bunches of loveliness sitting on tables inside the spacious main room of the new Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center on the corner of Seventh and C streets in Eureka. A bank of computers lines a back wall. In the adjoining "hire attire" room, a rack of clothes (men's and women's), purses and black shoes await newly work- and interview-etiquette-armed wearers. From somewhere in a back room emanates a cheerful mix of music, shouts and construction sounds.
click to enlarge Inside the new Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Inside the new Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless.


The center, which had its grand-opening ribbon cutting last Saturday, isn't quite finished. But it will be ready to deliver some services on its official opening date, Nov. 18, said the center's program manager, Mark Amacher, this morning. Amacher was in his office, attending to paperwork and recovering from the intense, busy past days leading up to the grand opening. He said the services that will be available at first include mail (clients can use the center's address to send and receive mail), phone use, computer lab access and light case management. By December, he said, more services should be available, including the "hire attire" program, a children's program and mobile medical services from Open Door Community Health Centers.

click to enlarge The "hire attire" room inside the new Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • The "hire attire" room inside the new Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless.

Amacher said Chinn, he and others have been going into the homeless camps to tell people about the new day center.

"It's all been positive," Amacher said. "Everyone's really excited to have a place and gain services."

There's an open house this Saturday, Nov. 16, for everyone to check out the center, which is a project of the Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation and Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa. It's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

click to enlarge Waiting for the center to open. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
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  • Waiting for the center to open.

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