In November 2018, the City of Eureka expanded its efforts to address and prevent homelessness by establishing UPLIFT Eureka. UPLIFT Eureka is designed to support houseless community members in accessing vital resources to obtain housing, employment and to reclaim independence. UPLIFT Eureka is operated by the Eureka Community Services Department and funded by the City of Eureka, grant funding and fundraising efforts. As a community driven program, the following partners make these efforts possible: Eureka Police Department’s Community Safety Engagement Team (CSET), the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center, County of Humboldt, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Waterfront Recovery Services and the Eureka Rescue Mission.
Based on Housing First principles, UPLIFT Eureka has no barriers to entry, no requirements and provides the following programs: Housing Assistance, Job Skills Training, Pathway to Payday, a free four-day employment workshop, and supportive services including a Volunteer Co-pilot to help navigate and support each participant’s goals and needs on their way to finding housing as well as supplemental support from a Housing Support Specialist once housed to provide stabilization services.
A video overview of UPLIFT Eureka can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YlhTzk0lFI
UPLIFT Eureka has facilitated tremendous success:
Housing: 27 individuals have obtained permanent housing in just 11 weeks, bringing the program total to 38 community members permanently housed.
Jobs Skills Training Program Phase I: This 12-week program is at maximum capacity with 20 individuals actively participating. Since November 2018, 136 community members have utilized this program to gain the skills, experience, training and confidence to gain employment.
Pathway to Payday: 127 community members have acquired employment through this workshop which garners a 90+% success rate with participants who complete all four days receiving a second interview or a job offer. By partnering with 40 local businesses, Pathway to Payday is able to offer participants opportunities to interview for a variety of occupations and industries. Pathway to Payday is offered every other month and the next session will be held February 10th-13th. For more information or to enroll please contact Katelyn “Mo” Merrell at 707-268-1844.
UPLIFT Success Story:
One year ago, Ricky began participating in UPLIFT Eureka. At the time, he was without a driver’s license, resume, employment, housing and transportation. Ricky was able to gain full time employment through the Pathway to Payday program and utilize assistance through the Co-Pilot program to obtain his driver’s license and secure housing. Today, Ricky is employed full time at Recology, owns a vehicle and has permanent housing. In Ricky’s words, “The UPLIFT program was a change of life for me too, helped me change and gave me self-esteem.”
Participant Perspective on Pathway to Payday:
“I recently attended this amazing program. I have never witnessed or felt so much love and compassion in one place! See I have been working very hard to heal from a recent trauma. But none of you knew that and yet every one of you treated me and everyone there so kindly. Thank you all for being a part in helping me to heal a bit more.”
- Robert, UPLIFT Eureka Participant
If you know someone who would benefit from this program, please contact the UPLIFT Eureka Supervisor: Jeff Davis at 707-441-4189.
To learn more about UPLIFT Eureka, becoming a Volunteer Co-Pilot or making a monetary donation, please contact the Community Services Coordinator: Katelyn “Mo” Merrell at 707-268-1844.