From Tri-Valley Haven:
During the month of September we invite people to participate in our “There’s No Place Like Home, Sojourner House 10-Year Birthday Celebration.”
Sojourner House is the only shelter in the Tri-Valley Area that houses two-parent households, single dads with their children, and accepts teenagers in addition to women and their children. Sojourner House provides support and shelter to families whom have become homeless and assists them in becoming rehoused.
The recession has hit families in the Tri-Valley area as it has throughout the Nation. A family needs to earn $25.52 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment in California. 50% of households are paying more than 50% of their income on rent.
“Many families are finding it difficult to afford the high rents in the Tri-Valley Area” says Samantha Burrows, Director of Homeless and Family Support Services, “Families are finding themselves homeless for the first time and resources are limited within the community.”
In 2011, 4.5% of the population in Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton live under the Federal Poverty Line ($22,350 for a family of four). Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry recipients on average earn only 9% of the median income of Livermore residents; Pleasanton is only 7%.
Those who donate a thousand or more dollars during the month of September will receive an invitation to a special birthday celebration at Sojourner House.
Last fiscal year, Tri-Valley Haven’s Homeless Shelter, Sojourner House, sheltered 99 homeless individuals. The Tri Valley Haven Food Pantry served over 6,400 unduplicated individuals, representing over 2,000 households throughout Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton.
Checks may be sent to “Homeless Birthday” c/o Tri-Valley Haven 3663 Pacific Avenue Livermore CA 94550.
Now in its fourth decade of service, Tri-Valley Haven provides vital shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. The Haven also provides comprehensive violence prevention education and counseling.
For more information about the Haven please visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call (925) 449-5842.