Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

CARING CHOICES INC

aka Caring Choices   |   Chico, CA   |  www.caring-choices.org

Mission

To promote the health and welfare of the residents of Northern California by providing services currently non-existent or limited in availability and accessibility, improving community services through volunteerism.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Barbara Hanna

Main address

1398 Ridgewood Dr

Chico, CA 95973 USA

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EIN

68-0337307

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program started in 1993 providing services to HIV/AIDS clients and has continued to expand to include Disaster Response and Long Term Recovery in the wake of multiple disaster responses in Northern California.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HIV/AIDS Programs

Caring Choices’ HIV Programs exist to provide those affected by HIV/AIDS multiple levels of assistance through case management and direct assistance. Services We Provide Include: AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) —provides medications at no cost for eligible Individuals HIV Care Program (HCP)—provides case management by Registered Nurses and Social Workers to assist with medical, social, financial and emotional aspects of living with HIV/AIDS Housing Assistance for People with AIDS (HOPWA) AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program, in conjunction with Home & Health Care Management Office of AIDS

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

Caring Choices’ Food Closet exists to provide emergency hunger relief for those who are food insecure.  Caring Choices has partnered with many groups and organizations over the years to keep our food closet stocked, but are heavily reliant on donations from community members. We serve people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, those living with disabilities, veterans and their families, and those affected by childhood cancer and other serious childhood illness.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

Caring Choices’ Disaster Response Center exists to provide Northern CA with an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) in the event of a disaster. Caring Choices activated as an EVC for the first time in response to the Butte County Lightening Complex Fires of 2008. Caring Choices only activates as an EVC when contacted by Butte County Office of Emergency Services.  Services we provide as an EVC include: assistance to county/city government or other disaster service organizations in Region III when needed, interviewing,processing, and deploying spontaneous volunteers from the community, and processing all incoming donations and dispersing to the areas of greatest need.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2009

Hands On Network 2008

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The goal of Caring Choices is to continue to make a difference in our community. Caring Choices mission is to improve the health and welfare of residents in Northern California by providing services that are currently nonexistent or limited in availability and accessibility, and improving community services through volunteerism.

Caring Choices has always provided for those in our rural community who have been in need of services that lack in this area. Our ability to obtain long-term funding to fit the needs of our community has been maintained since 1993. In this time of need in Butte, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties from the devastating fires in 2018, we have expanded and adapted our funding, resources, and services to once again serve the needs in our areas.In periods of disaster,

Caring Choices works with its public and private community partner agencies deploying volunteers to other agencies. In addition, volunteers assist the center with communications, donation management, tracking resources and general administration. Services to people living with HIV/AIDS: Housing (HOPWA), AIDS drug assistance program (ADAP), HIV Care Program (HCP), Free HIV testing. Services to older adults: Medication assessments, Caregiver Respite program. Disaster Response Center: Emergency Volunteer Center. Disaster Case Management: Master Social Workers providing Case Management and referrals to Camp Fire Survivors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers Providing trauma therapy, and emergency financial assistance from donations.

Caring Choices has tracking measures in place for the number of clients served and what assistance is being provided. Our HIV/AIDS programs are monitored by the State Office of Aids regularly. Disaster and Long Term Recovery programs are currently being monitored quarterly by American Red Cross and the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group.

On November 8, 2018, Caring Choices was activated by Butte County, through an MOU as a Spontaneous Emergency Volunteer Center. We spent the next 12 weeks processing volunteer applications and vetting volunteers through state Disaster Service Worker forms. Each vetted volunteer was sent into the community to assist in all aspects of the evacuation of the town of Paradise including; animal care, sorting, nurses, and doctors. Caring Choices had four employees in the Chico office at the time, we enlisted the assistance of our sister company Home and Healthcare Management to run the Emergency Volunteer Center. Financially the impact on our office was immense. In the 12 weeks, we collected approximately 6500 applications, and vetted over 4200 volunteers for service. Thanks to funding by Kaiser Permanente, American Red Cross and North Valley Community Foundation we have been able to recruit and hire an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) to provide therapeutic intervention and counseling to Camp Fire survivors. This ACSW is enrolled in several trainings in modalities specific to trauma-informed practice and trauma mitigation, including Eye Movement and Desensitization Processing (EMDR) and Narrative Therapy. Our agency also finalized a sub-contract to an agency to provide teletherapy, face-to-face counseling to affected individuals including the elderly, disabled, homebound, without medical insurance (or under-insured), and/or to survivors who have relocated outside of Butte County. The provision of services will focus on the vulnerable populations with group services available to survivors remaining on the Ridge, living in Chico, Gridley and Oroville (with the potential of neighboring towns identifying need for support).

Financials

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CARING CHOICES INC

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Hanna

Barbara Hanna

Thomas Boyd

Cindy Kaiser

Terry Kirkham

Georgie Bellin

Keywords

AIDS, food closet, disaster response, volunteer