(Left to Right) Sontine Kalba, Executive Director of NAMI Sacramento Kaintus Oweka, ASW, Program Director Lynn Smith, Executive Director, Welcome Home Housing
Lynn Smith of Welcome Home Housing said, “We are delighted to add a fifth house in Sacramento County to offer a healthy environment for those on the road to recovery.” Begun in 2004, WHH provides housing options for community members with psychiatric disabilities.
Sontine Kalba, Executive Director of NAMI Sacramento said, “This contract expands our community partnerships that will help connect clients with vital resources in the community.” Joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness in 1983, they serve over 3,000 people a year offering classes, support groups and an informational help line for those seeking guidance. In April, 2012, 1,500 community members participated in their outreach NAMI Walk.
Since 2001, a similar program, Turning Point's Respite at Garden Gate located in Modesto serving Stanislaus County, has provided a safe, comfortable home-like environment for individuals who are homeless and appear to be mentally ill.
Grant funding provided by Mental Health Services Act Sacramento County Innovation funds and managed by Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management