Valley Restart Center Makes a Difference in Riverside County

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Valley Restart ShelterThe Hemet and San Jacinto Valley area is a community that is committed to the well-being of our friends and neighbors.

Nothing proves that value more than the work done by the Valley Restart Shelter (VRS), improving the lives of those in need within our community.

The VRS is dedicated to helping people, homeless or struggling with other aspects of life, by giving them the services they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.  The center, with the help of faith-based and community service groups, provides resources for essential needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.


Currently, VRS is 96 percent successful in helping people move from homelessness to a higher level.  Some of the programs that are responsible for this success are:

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Emergency Food Boxes
  • A community evening meal
  • Intensive case management
  • Housing information and rental assistance
  • Referrals to other community resources such as the Department of Public Social Services, the Social Security Administration, Veterans Benefits, and health assistance
  • Bus Ticket Home program gives people who have found themselves homeless in Hemet to get a bus ticket home, where they might have a stronger base of emotional and financial support.

These programs have given much-needed benefits to our community members, young and old, and helped them to restart their lives with a roof over their heads, food to eat, and a support system to lean on.

The shelter and resource center are both in operation 24-7 and provide services to residents of Mid and Southwest Riverside County.  Case Managers work with individuals closely, help them set goals, and hold them accountable for reaching those goals.

Pinpointing the barriers to self-sufficiency, such as drug or alcohol abuse, and the solutions to those barriers is the first step VRS takes to assist the people that join the program.  Professional counselors are available to help with crisis intervention.

In addition to the emotional and physical support, the program provides education. VRS teaches money management and encourage participants in the program to save a majority of their income so that they are better prepared to meet the cost of living in the Hemet community.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of the services that the Valley Restart Center provides you can find out more about the program on the website.  In addition, if you believe in community programs such as this one in Hemet, there is an opportunity to donate.

As a member of the Hemet community, and someone dedicated to helping families through hard times, I have volunteered at VRS, and I am proud to support the VRS program and all the hard work that is done there to benefit those in need.


Photo Credit: Aleksandar Lazovski via Compfight cc

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About Julie Clark

Julie M. Clark graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She has been practicing law in Riverside County since February of 1992. Julie Clark's Google+ Profile

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