For the first time since 2016, we will be working in a new community for one of our summer sites! Join us in 2020 to serve in Lake County, California.
SSP last worked in this region in the early 2000s. Lake County is the poorest county in California, with nearly 23% of households living below the federal poverty line. A 2018 study found that about 2,000 Lake County homes have been lost to various wildfires over the last four years.
We have been invited to Lake County by a coalition of local agencies, to help build tiny cottages for permanent supportive housing. This means that in addition to providing affordable housing, this facility will provide mental health services and wellness care, with the goal of transitioning people out of homelessness.
In addition to a unique work site opportunity (the chance to build a home from the ground up), our Lake County site will be centrally located, and will be an easy half-day drive for our Northern California volunteers, and a very manageable road trip for many others.
Online Summer 2020
During summer 2020, we hosted an online program that provided faith formation as well as connection with our community partners. We forged new relationships with organizations like North Coast Opportunities and Hope Rising, which runs Hope Center and work to connect community members with organizations who are doing life-changing work year-round in their community.
These organizations are working to build stronger communities and networks for those who need support. Lake County is the poorest county in California, lacking sufficient resources for housing, mental health support, transportation, and fire relief. Our partnership with these Lake County nonprofits helped SSP raise awareness for their advocacy efforts and educate participants on these important issues.
Through Community Crossing sessions, participants got to form a unique community online while learning about our partners in Lake County. Staff led eye-opening simulations, inviting participants to begin to understand the complexity of the decisions faced by those experiencing poverty, providing context for our advocacy and partnerships with local organizations. We designed activities this summer to provide an understanding of the Lake County community and the connections we can foster from afar. Our passionate community contacts are consistently working to provide these resources, and we can’t wait to see our partnership evolve in the future!
In 2020, we were able to donate $2,500 to our community partners in Lake County to support their year-round local work. Read more about our online program and advocacy with the Lake County community in our Community Crossing blog post.
“At Adventist Health Clear Lake, we are focused on providing patients and their families with holistic, compassionate care. We are part of Adventist Health, a nonprofit, faith-based medical integrated health delivery system serving the West Coast and Hawaii. Our hospital offers cost-effective and high quality healthcare close-to-home to the 65,000 people of Lake County. All of our services are driven by our mission to live God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope.”
“Project Restoration is renewing hope for the most vulnerable residents of Lake County, California. Adventist Health Clear Lake is proud to partner with local agencies and services to serve our neighbors as they take steps toward a healthy, hope-filled future.
Vulnerable populations include, individuals that are either homeless or inadequately housed and living with complex, fragile medical conditions. Inadequate housing can include but is not limited to, homes without running water or electricity and mobile units without hookups.
Project Restoration is uniting community partners through innovative case management to empower our high utilizing neighbors to achieve health, wholeness and hope. High utilizers, a term coined by Project Restoration refers to individuals who have had frequent interactions with the hospital emergency departments, the police departments and the county paramedic squad. Through research conducted by PR staff, it was noted that there is a high correlation between high utilizers and our vulnerable populations as a result, many of our neighbors have fallen through the cracks. It is Project Restoration hope to resolve any barriers that may be preventing client’s from having their needs met.”
Learn more about county demographics.
“North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is a Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO employs approximately 250 people, has an annual budget of approximately $22 million, and has successfully managed major grants from federal, state, and foundation funders.”
Did you know that more than 50% of Lake County has burned since 2012?
Lake County Location
Host Facilities in Lake County
We are working with United Methodist Churches in Lake County to find a suitable host facility nearby the work sites.
Lake County Climate
The average high during the summer is 92°F and low is 55°F.
Site Phone Number
Directions to Lake County
Consult Google maps or a similar mapping service to find the best route for your group.
2020 Lake County Dates
The fee for 6-night (Sunday – Saturday) sessions is $415 per volunteer. Most sessions are Sunday-Saturday unless otherwise indicated.
5-night (Sunday – Friday) sessions are $365 per volunteer.
High School Sessions
- Week 2: June 28 – July 4
- Week 4: July 12 – 18
- Week 5: July 19 – 25
- Week 6: July 26 – August 1
Combined Middle and High School Session
- Week 1: June 21 – 27
- Week 3: July 5 – 10 (Sunday-Friday)
- Week 7: August 2 – 8
Please note the program schedule may be subject to change by volunteer interest.