Shelter Will Go Up
Project Site Viewed From Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA -- The Tuolumne County Planning Commission has given its okay to a new shelter to be built in the Tuolumne Light Industrial Business Park on Eagle Ridge Drive, approximately 290 ft. south of Tuolumne Road. A newly formed non-profit group was given the approval to start building the care facility and shelter at its Wednesday night public hearing.
Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency Director Bev Shane says, "The Commission determined that this was a very appropriate site for this particular project because it is in an area where services are available including bus service. Also, there would be opportunities for employment which is one of the big goals of this program; to get the people trained and back in the workforce."
The husband and wife team of Hazel and Richard Mitchell are spearheading the project. The facilities will be built in four phases. First would be the construction of a 40 ft. by 100 ft. residential care facility, which would provide 42 beds for men. Eight would be reserved for military Veterans, and eight for people on SSI-Medicare. The sixteen beds would be available year round. An additional 26 beds would be available for men seeking shelter during the winter months or extreme summer weather.
Phase two calls for the construction of a 40 ft. by 50 ft. thrift shop. It could be staffed by people living at the facility, and serve as a way to raise revenue for the operations.
Phase three is the construction of a 40 ft. by 100 ft. residential care facility for women. Two beds would be reserved for military Veterans and six for women on SSI-Medicare. The remaining 26 beds would only be available during severe weather times.
Phase four calls for the construction of a 40 ft. by 50 ft. vocational shop building, which would be used to help and train those staying at the facilities.
The operations will be managed by a board of directors, and the proponents say there would be at least one on-site manager available 24/7.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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