Newsletter – April 10, 2018

Howard – 2nd Level Major Donor

Pledge by Patt McCormick
Invocation by Paul King

Visiting Rotarians: Jack Arney from the Roseville Club and District Governor-elect; Ray Ward from the Fair Oaks Club and running for District Governor along with a prospective member Monika Singh.

Joel was suppose to have a joke of the day but didn’t so he paid a $20 fine and got raffle tickets.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Matt Ross became a multiple Bell Ringer because his daughter’s Volleyball team came in 4th out of a huge number of teams in a tournament and he celebrated his 50th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Matt! Happy Bucks: Carolyn Lewis announced 2 bike rides she would like members to join with her on, coming up on May 6th a 38 miler from Folsom to Scott’s on the river. It’s $50 but includes lunch at Scotts. Then on Saturday, June 23rd, the Lunie Luau team will join the Lunar Lunacy bike ride downtown. Bill Hambrick just returned from Virginia and his sister-n-law’s wedding. He said the Chesapeake Bay is over fished and he helped by eating everything he could! Rob Olmstead paid $5 for his daughter’s 5 goals in a tournament.

Howard Stagg was presented with his “Level Two Major Donor” pin by Jack and Ray. Jack said Recognition and gratitude are two elements of Rotary that are important to always keep in mind as we check our self promotion at the door. Howard said the Foundation is close to his heart, especially Polio Plus because his father who serve on Patton’s Staff in WWII contracted polio and was told he’d never walk again. He was hospitalized for 2 years and eventually walked again and became a Rotarian with Ed Best inducting him. Howard made a pitch for the Foundation stating his commitment to the great cause.

Paul King announced the last chance to attend a Fireside Meeting is THIS Thursday, April 26th, at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting. (4110 Norris Avenue.)

Rob Ford brought us up to date on the Golf Tournament. He also said items for the Auction, and Tee Prizes are needed. Our Partners are the Crisis Nursery and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
President Mike received an email from the Rotary International President asking if our trees were planted by the deadline (Earth Day, April 22nd). Thanks to Casey and Prez Mike he was able to say “with 6 to spare!” Thank you Casey and Mike!

We are DARK on May 29th due to the Memorial Day Holiday

Prez Mike showed a short video showing the Culinary Café at Leo Palmiter School (2040 Ethan Way). We will have our lunch meeting there on May 15th. We will again donate money for the correct shoes for the students.

Prez Mike also noted that the Demotion will be on June 26th—a dinner, so there won’t be a lunch meeting that day.

Matt announced that the District Grant ($10,000), went to El Camino High School to turn an English Room into a theater room. Matt mentioned that El Camino’s population has significantly changed to include 10% English learners, a significant refugee population and a large number of subsidized lunch program students.

May 3rd is the Annual Big Day of Giving—keep Rotary (Rotary House Foundation, Rotary Inter-national, Polio Plus, etc.) in your thoughts along with our speaker’s organization TLCS!

Our speaker today is Erin Johansen, the Executive Director of TLCS. She brought along her new External Affairs Director, Jody Dahms. Erin came to TLCS in 2016, with a huge background in Non-Profit management. TLCS is about “transforming and empowering the lives of people with mental illness by supporting independence and preventing homelessness.” They have been around since 1981, mostly supported by government funding. They promote recover,
resilience, hope, support, partnership, housing and are innovative and effective with wrapa-round services. They do what needs to be done to help someone. An example is Jerry, a 45 year old man with mental health issues. He started coming to TLCS for lunch—when asked why he came, he said “for the lunch”. But with the program helping him to seek services he needed, in 2 years he was addressing the Board of Supervisors and speaking on behalf of the most difficult problem in our society—homelessness.

The perfect storm of homelessness happened when the recession and housing problem hit at the same time. Builders stopped building affordable housing and a greater gap emerged in the housing sector for affordable rents.

Another example Erin gave was of an 80 year old man who had worked and was now collecting Social Security, he started having mental health issues when he could no longer afford his rent and found himself on the streets. He was taken to the Union Gospel Mission where he was put in the emergency mental health respite center in collaboration with TLCS. Here he was given the information to navigate the system to find his way through his crisis.

TLCS runs an intensive case management program that helps triage the situation, and help with housing by paying some portion with a voucher, by using HUD funds. They also run the Respite Center where kind and compassionate care is an alternative to going to the emergency room. They leave with a plan for the next time a crisis happens.

Mental health issues begin forming in males in adolescence where in females it is more in the mid twenties. It can take 10 years from the diagnosis until someone is receiving care. In places like TLCS they can experience a social group and not stand out, the dignity of work to build
confidence and experience.

They now have a partnered grant with Wind Youth Services for transition to housing for 18-25 year olds. They call it “Possibilities.” Through this program, they teach them to live in the world through things like conflict resolution, drug & alcohol abuse, learning to live with a roommate, employment programs. Once they are ready they can get a temporary rent subsi-dy. The hope is that be intervening earlier, more can be saved from being lost in society.

The biggest hurdle is having affordable housing. The hope is that developers in Southern Cali-fornia experienced in building affordable housing, will come to Sacramento and take the op-portunity to expand here. There is a call to give tax breaks to get people to invest in affordable housing opportunities.

Some of the issues are that mental health services are voluntary, and people resist the idea that they need them. We use to have a Mental Health Court which would require them to get services but it is no longer in place, Now there is such a wait for services that you almost have to get arrested to get into treatment. Erin estimates over 50% of the people on the streets are mentally ill or drug abusers.

Thank you for the interesting look into your organization!

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