Community Assistance Recovery Enterprise (CARE)
Witnessing change and transformation in peoples' lives that at one point seemed doubtful, hopeless and virtually impossible is what keeps me going.— Vong Chang, Program Director
Merced County's Community Assistance Recovery Enterprise (CARE) provides comprehensive mental health, supported housing, and employment services to those in recovery from mental illness, homelessness and possible co-occurring substance abuse disorders. CARE includes bilingual staff who are fluent in Spanish and Hmong.
Emphasizing “housing first” and development of employment and educational opportunities, CARE will collaborate with other agencies to be sure Turning Point Community Program members receive “whatever it takes” to integrate homeless mentally ill back into the community.
Merced CARE staffs a Housing Coordinator (HC) who works with clients directly in acquiring and maintaining housing. The HC assists with rents, leases, and working with housing services/landlords, as well as completing rental application and credit check references. The Coordinator also provides linkages to assist in the formulation of a personal budget to include rent, utilities, food, and transportation at the time housing is secured.
The CARE program is also designed to reach transition age youth between the ages of 18-25 year old who may have children. There is also an emphasis to reach out to the underserved Hispanic population in Merced County.
Please call Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (209) 381-6800 for a screening to be referred to our program.