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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 9, 2010 15A HOMELESS, from page 1A "The problem with doubling up with family and friends is that it brings a particular burden of stress that acts out in domestic violence sometimes, and in ways that you wouldn't have expected, or it leads to exploitation of others." "It's not uncommon for someone who is mentally ill, who is getting their disability check, to be generous and open their doors to somebody who is homeless, who comes along and takes financial advantage of them." Homeless program On his agency's role, Thibeault explained the plan was "to not just shelter people but to get people hooked up with the resources they need to be living independently." "In some ways we're acting as property managers for some of the landlords in this county because we are hooking people up with hous- ing and the landlords, who have units who might be otherwise empty, because of the economy, are getting their rents paid." Thibeault said the resource center was currently taking the lead on a $1.15 million "Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Grant," that it managed with three other entities. He said the grant could fund up to 18 months of rent until someone's income was stabi- lized, depending on the cir- cumstances, before clarifying, "We don't encourage people to stay on that long." Thibeault said resources were scarcer than in the past, with waiting lists for the development commis- sion's affordable housing program, so long that there weren't even new names being added to it anymore. Keller agreed and reminded the commission that it set up that program with a focus on providing housing for work- ing people, the elderly and those with disabilities. He said the resource center was the other side of the coin, helping those in dire need without a stable income. Thibeault told the board that homelessness was also one of the issues that led to children being separated from parents, adding that in Plumas County more children were taken away because of neglect than abuse. He argued that programs like his were trying to keep people on the edge from going over. "If you don't have a place where you can get a returned phone call you're not gonna get a job. There are all kinds of disadvantages of not having a mailing address." "Once people sink to that level of destitution, it's a deep hole to climb out of." At this point, commission chairwoman and Quincy commissioner Lori Simpson asked if the commission would administer the grant for the resource center. Keller responded that the resource center was pursing the grant and the reason Thibeault was there was because the two agencies had worked closely together, PCIRC specialized in this area, and it would help them get the grant if the CDC sup- ported that effort by certify- ing that homeless services were needed in the county. Simpson asked if the nine units discussed earlier were available to people in need from any part of the county. Thibeault said that was the case but "As you can imagine, we turn away a lot more people than we're able to accommodate." Eastern Plumas commis- sioner Terry Swofford said he had a constituent come to him recently with a story about a customer whose car broke down in Plumas while the person was trying to move from the Bay Area to Colorado. The commissioner asked if someone like that, stranded with little money, could use one of the resource center programs. "That's what we do," Thibeault replied with a warm smile. He explained that the sher- ifffs office would often end up contacting people in that type of situation, and many times a deputy would end up drop- ping them off at the resource center's front door. Keller added that having groups like the resource cen- ter around helped lessen the load on the sheriffs office in many ways, "and I think that's a very valuable service, so 283-5515." After a short pause to jot down the number, the commissioners approved the request, allowing Simpson to sign a document certifying the need for services in the county. BLEAK, from page 1A Satterfield attributed the losses to the fact that PDH is "down providers." The hospital has been actively re- cruiting new doctors, but it has been a slow process, with the prospect of signing any new provider a hope on the horizon at this point. Satterfield also pointed to Eastern Plumas Health Care's "stabilized crew" of doctors, noting, "Some patients coming here are going back there or are going there temporarily because we don't have physicians." BIc00(),:l (irive June 15 Quincy's next Commu- nity Blood Drive is sched- uled Tuesday, June 15, from 1-6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Bellamy Lane. The community's support of the drive has increased by 10 percent over the past year. The average drive collects more than 80 units. Donors can schedule appointments by logging onto bloodhero.com and using sponsor code "quin- cy," or call Judy Wright at 283-4948. Organizers encourage donors to make appoint- ments online. The website automatically sends a reminder e-mail about the appointment. Donors are also eligible for award points for movie tickets and other premiums. As an added incentive, the northern Nevada Toyota dealers have do- nated a 2010 Corolla in a drawing open to all summer donors. All donors receive a free cholesterol test. Weapons program has new range teacher M. Kate West Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews.com George and Phyllis Orloff announced June 1 that Ian James, a Peace Officer Stan- dard of Training certified range instructor, has joined the Carry Concealed Weapon Permit team. During the range portion of the twice annual course, James will provide firearms instruction and will assess the proficiency of citizens qualifying with their per- sonal handguns. The CCW program is com- prised of two components, the issuing of initial permits and renewals. Permits are issued for a two-year period II lan James l/ left) is the new range instructor for the Carry Concealed Weapons Program. He will partner with George and Phyllis Orloff. Photo by M. Kate West before weapons recertifica- tion is required. The initial permit process requires eight hours of class- room instruction and four hours on the firing range. The renewal process only requires the permit holder to recertify with his weapon on the range. However, there is a catch -- people who fail to recertify with their handgun before the expiration of the program grace period will be man- dated to take both the class- room and range training before they may carry a con- cealed weapon. "With the addition of Ian to the team, Lassen and Plumas residents have now gained the benefit of a monthly opportunity to recertify on the range," George Orloff said. Prior to James, applicants could only qualify during the range periods offered in asso- ciation with the classroom course. James said he would offer Lassen and Plumas residents a range session one Sunday a month, May through Octo- ber, weather permitting. All weapons instruction, qualification and recertifica- tion will take place at the Westwood Gun Range. Citizens desiring to receive personal firearm instruction or to recertify for a CCW permit renewal need to call 258-2425 for a range date and appointment time. Interested persons may also visit: alhooprange.org. There will be a range session Sunday, June 27. Ian James is a 17-year resident of Chester and has worked for 10 years as a Plumas County Sheriff's Office deputy sheriff-coroner. Richard IC Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0868553 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. 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For more information, contact: Maureen and Bob Tarantino at 530/836-0106 Sandy and Dave Hopkins at 530/823-2310 check our website at: www.norcalteapartypatriots.or9 Quincy High School Baseball would like to thank all of the businesses that bought signs this year! Because of your support, our season was a big success! A special thanks goes out to Dewitt Henderson of Bucks Lake Marina Cal Sierra Title Bequette & Kimmel Quincy Little League Wilburn Construction Wilcox Construction The Elks Lodge Jeff Carmichael