FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Women’s Residential Treatment Suspension UPDATE
Hollister, CA. Jan 24, 2020
Sun Street Centers participated in an emergency meeting on January 22 facilitated by Supervisors, Jim Gillio and Mark Medina, other members at the meeting were Behavioral Health Director, Alan Yamamoto, and Sun Street Centers Board President, Valerie Smith. “The County expressed concern and support”, said Sun Street Centers’ CEO, Anna Foglia. “I intend for this to be a temporary closure of just a few months while we develop other resources to sustain our services,” Foglia added. “Sun Street Centers is committed to women in need in San Benito County, to our alumni, who serve as role models, and to our amazing staff” stated President, Valerie Smith.
We will continue to run our other two programs in Hollister -the women’s sober living environment (SLE) for single women and mom’s with small children, and the men’s sober living environment. These are aftercare programs for women and men who have completed a drug and alcohol program or are enrolled in outpatient treatment. These programs will not be interrupted.
Also in attendance at the emergency meeting was Sun Street Centers Board Member, Stephanie Hicks. Mrs. Hicks works closely with local donors supporting this important service for our County. Hicks commented, ”We have a strong and growing commitment from local advocates. We are not giving up until we can meet the need for our women seeking recovery from addiction!”
Sun Street Centers has been in continuous operation for 52 years serving people in Monterey and San Benito Counties who suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction. We are currently working with the Community Action Partnership and the County Dept of Health and Human Services to apply for a Community Block Grant to help women referred by our local shelter.
Sun Street Centers will be reapplying for the State of California Reinvestment Grant, as well, to support San Benito women.