Amazon Delivers Huge Donation
Amazon donates $76,000 worth of food and goods to ATCAA
Sonora, CA – A semi-truck stuffed full of donated items made its way from Amazon’s fulfillment center in Newark, California to Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency’s warehouse in Jamestown late Friday afternoon.
The unexpected windfall was the result of a conversation between ATCAA’s Accounts Payable department and Amazon over an unrelated matter. Amazon took an interest and learned more about ATCAA’s programs and its mission to fight poverty.
On Friday, the agency received notice that Amazon was on its way to the foothills to deliver an undisclosed amount of goods to help ATCAA fulfill its mission. “This is an unexpected gift that will benefit our entire community,” says Raj Rambob, Executive Director. “We are grateful and happy that the foothill region was recognized by such an industry giant as Amazon.”
ATCAA serves low income residents and provides help with food, emergency shelter, early childhood education (Head Start) energy costs, weatherization, housing assistance, youth and senior support, suicide prevention and much more.
ATCAA’s Food Bank warehouse was the logical choice to accept a delivery of this size.”Our only dlemma now,” stated Deni Avery, Food Bank Director, “is where to sort and store all of these items before our Holiday Food basket distribution.” It’s a great dilemma to have,” says Rambob, “I’m sure we can work something out, though we could use a few volunteers right now.”
Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency, as the later part of it’s name states, is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies established nationwide. It’s mission is to help people toward self-sufficiency and be contributing members of their community as well as working to form partnerships within the community to help all reach their maximum potential.
In the days ahead, ATCAA will inventory the donated goods and develop a distribution plan. If you would like to volunteer for this project or other upcoming needs, please call ATCAA in Sonora at 209-533-1397 or in Jackson at 209-223-1485.
Adopt-A-Family runs through December 8th. Sign-up today!
A Presentation and Community Conversation about Tuolumne County’s Homeless
Growing concern about the homeless has prompted many debates in Tuolumne County this past year and as a result, the Sonora Area Foundation granted funds to conduct a summer Point-in-Time Count (PIT) of Tuolumne County’s Homeless Residents to better gain an accurate number of the homeless in Tuolumne County. County Supervisor Brennan applied for the grant to give the County not only an accurate count, but a fuller, more accurate picture on local homelessness. ATCAA was designated as the agency to conduct the count in collaboration with community partners and volunteers. In late October, ATCAA presented the findings and invited the Community to be a part of the, What’s Next? discussions.
The Union Democrat provided a re-cap. Read article here.
Over 700 homeless in Tuolumne County. View the presentation of the count and its findings here.
“What’s Next?” Community Conversation – Join us at our ATCAA 2nd floor conference room at our Sonora offices on January 11th at 6:00pm to continue to the What’s Next? discussion. Public is invited.
Sonora Service Center
Jackson Service Center
427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA 95370
935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson, CA 95642
Housing Resources We Offer to You
ATCAA’s Homeless Shelters provide emergency shelter to individuals, families, and families with children. Our Shelter Coordinators and staff provide case management support for job and housing searches plus referrals for a vast array of community services.
Sonora Emergency Shelter (209) 694-8698
Jackson Emergency Shelter (209) 223-9215
Rent and Utility Assistance
In both Tuolumne and Amador counties, the Home Safe program provides, rental and utility assistance, when available, in addition to Financial Literacy classes, Housing
and Budget Counseling.
Central Sierra Continuum of Care
Central Sierra Continuum of Care is made up of Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. It meets on a monthly basis to promote a community‒wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and State and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families to minimize trauma and dislocation; promotes access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs; and optimizes self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Learn more
10 Reasons Why People Become Homeless. Learn more
Home Safe Housing Assistance Program
When funding is available we offer emergency:
For availability and eligibility of our Housing/Rental Assistance,
Success Stories. Learn more
• For information on Renter’s Rights:
○ CA Tenants Rights Handbook (.pdf)
• Do you need to make a Fair Housing complaint?:
○ Visit the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website to Learn more;
Financial Literacy Classes
ATCAA is offering FREE classes for anyone who would like to learn more about budget and debt management, credit scores, fair debt collections, reducing housing expenses, making money work for you and living easier. These classes are required for anyone seeking assistance with housing or rental assistance. $mart Money for $uccess Classes held periodically and are a required in order to receive housing assistance. First‒Time Homebuyer Housing Counseling sessions are held on an and individual basis. Learn more
In Tuolumne County, Homeless Outreach helps to assist unsheltered, homeless people to connect them with emergency shelter, housing, critical services, and to obtain social and medical services to improve their current circumstances. We meet with homeless people where they live or gather, outside of an office setting, which means that we contact the homeless at their camps, on the street, at church provided meals, at the ATCAA Food Bank, and other venues where homeless individuals are allowed to gather.
Would you like to provide a helping hand for homeless families moving into permanent housing?
ATCAA’s Housing Program is seeking support for families who are trying to turn around their lives around. This will be a meaningful opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a struggling family determined to meet their goals. You can make a difference! Please call (209) 533-1397
Annually, we also need volunteers in January to assist with taking a survey count of the unsheltered homeless.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
Director of Housing Resources
427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA 95370