Takin’ Care of Business 8-24-2023

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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

August 25, 2023

Information Session Bob Jones Trail and Welcome Home Village

On July 11, 2023, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted $13.4 million in Encampment Resolution Funds from the State of California Interagency Council on Homelessness. The County will use the grant funding to reduce encampments in a flood and fire danger zone near and around the segment of the Bob Jones Bike Trail parallel to South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.

The County is hosting a community information session in downtown San Luis Obispo on August 30 about a pivotal piece of the Bob Jones Bike Trail Encampment Resolution Project, also called Welcome Home Village.

The focus of the San Luis Obispo Welcome Home Village is to provide supportive housing and wrap-around individualized case plans for people currently living in open space along the Bob Jones Bike Trail in San Luis Obispo. The success rate of similar programs is phenomenal and provides clients with the support and guidance to receive the services they need to transition into stable housing.

“We need compassion with order to address homelessness in our community.” said County of San Luis Obispo Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg. “The Welcome Home Village project underscores the County’s commitment to a structured solution for our community members in need. We know community members have questions, and rightly so. This information session is aimed at answering their questions and offering a full understanding of the Welcome Home Village, its operations, and how this program will balance the needs of not only the people it serves but improve the quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods in the area.”

The Welcome Home Village is the first of many supportive housing communities planned throughout San Luis Obispo County. The site aims to establish a non-congregate housing facility equipped with security and on-site wraparound services. It will be strategically situated adjacent to the County’s Department of Social Services headquarters, fostering accessibility to essential resources and services.

With a plan to offer 80 beds, including 34 interim and 46 permanent supportive housing units, the Welcome Home Village aims to create a nurturing environment for individuals seeking stability and a return to self-sufficiency.

To bring this vision to life, the County is collaborating with DignityMoves, a reputable partner known for its commitment to community development and transformation. Managing the supportive housing and resident services is Good Samaritan Shelter, a dedicated non-profit organization with a proven track record of overseeing programs like this one.

Organizers said Welcome Home Village will have “security measures, mandatory case management, and tailored service plans for its residents, ensuring that individuals receive the personalized support necessary for their unique journey toward recovery.”

Community members can submit questions ahead of time and learn more about the Village at www.slocounty.gov/welcomehomevillage.

Event Details: Community Information Session on Welcome Home Village

Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Time:  6  – 7:30 p.m.

Location:    Katcho Achadjian Government Center, Board Chamber,  1055 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo

The Community Information Session includes a presentation about the project. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the representatives from the County of San Luis Obispo, the City of San Luis Obispo as well as Good Samaritan Shelter and Dignity Moves, the agencies that will be building and managing the village.

Model Boat Donated to Maritime Museum

Scott Mather of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum accepted a donation of a replica of a Monterey style commercial fishing boat from Achilles Paladini of the Paladini Seafood Company San Francisco. A. Paladini Inc.  was once the largest seafood purveyor on the West Coast selling to restaurants, hotels and markets. 

A.Paladini Inc. was sold in early 1974 with the passing of the second generation after 110 years of successful operation. It was bought by a group of outside investors and shortly afterwards the business closed.

In 1997 after several years of research, Achille “Kiki” Paladini (the grandson) started Paladini Quality Seafood Sauces. The line was formally introduced in 1998 at the San Francisco Convention Center at the “Fancy Food Show,” held by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. The sauces are now available nationwide. 

Woods to Hold Free Pet Vaccine Clinic Aug. 25

Woods Humane Society will hold its second free pet vaccine clinic this month for San Luis Obispo County dogs and cats on August 25, 2023. The free DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines, which help prevent parvovirus and distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats, are made possible through Petco Love’s national vaccination initiative to provide another one million free pet vaccines to family pets in need.

The appointment-based pet vaccine clinic for publicly owned pets will be held at Woods Humane Society’s North County campus at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero, California on Friday, August 25th, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to the free DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines, Woods will also offer other vaccines and services at low cost. 

“Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Petco Love, we are excited to offer the community the opportunity to protect their pets from deadly diseases for free,” says Woods CEO Emily L’Heureux. She explains that the free vaccines help reduce the risk of pets contracting common, deadly viral infections that are highly contagious and easily preventable with a vaccine.

To make an appointment for the vaccine clinic, visit www.SpaySLOCounty.com. For more information, contact Woods Humane Society by calling (805) 543-9316, or visiting 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 or 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422. Woods is open to the public daily from 12-5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. Learn more about Petco Love’s lifesaving impact at PetcoLove.org.

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