UPLIFT Eureka is a program within The Community Access Project for Eureka (C.A.P.E.). We believe in every individual's capacity for positive change, and we are invested in supporting those in need to overcome barriers in employment and housing.
The challenge with attempting to "solve" the issue of homelessness is that it is not one simple issue. There are many factors that fall under the umbrella of "homelessness". These include trauma, mental illness, addiction, poverty, unemployment, and a wide variety of unique individual situations that result in members of our community finding themselves without housing.
UPLIFT Eureka is not designed to take the place of existing services or to even supplement them; it is a comprehensive program designed to directly guide individuals to existing resources and ensure they are in a position to take advantage of those resources by providing support and programming to empower themselves to a better quality of life.
Participants in UPLIFT Eureka can be paired with a Volunteer Co-Pilot to meet weekly to work on the Participant's goals. The Co-Pilot serves as a liaison between UPLIFT Eureka Participants and resources in the community. Co-Pilots establish relationships with community partners in advance and advocate for the Participants. Co-Pilots can help with a variety of goals, from reaching out to community partners to set up appointments or to ask follow-up questions. Co-Pilots can even meet a Participant at a specific service provider within the community for additional support. Participants will be guided step-by-step to access various resources as they work their way towards success. The Co-Pilot's priority is to ensure that their assigned Participant has the necessary tools to access resources, whether connecting them with medical services or helping obtain required documentation for employment and housing. The consistency of the Co-Pilot will bring a familiarity and personal touch to the relationship, where other attempts at gaining a Participant's trust with other service providers may have failed before. Bottom line: Co-Pilots empower their assigned Participant with guidance to take steps towards achieving their goals. Co-Pilots and Participants build a mutually beneficial relationship, ultimately resulting in the Participant feeling valued and a part of this community.
Interested in becoming a Co-Pilot?