The operation of an organization like New Directions requires the assistance and cooperation of many agencies and organizations in the community. The attrition rate for substance abuse treatment programs is extremely high. In some communities, it is simply not possible to attain a use permit because there is negative sentiment regarding treatment centers.
This has not been the case with New Directions. In fact, the reason we are still operating is due to the strong support, guidance and understanding that we have enjoyed from a variety of departments in the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County government departments.
The City of Stockton Housing and Redevelopment Department has assisted in many ways. They provided funds through the Community Development Block Grant program that made it possible for us to purchase the site from which we operate, a former bible college. They also provided funds that enabled New Directions to rehabilitate an existing building that houses treatment exclusively for women.
The San Joaquin Community Development Department has also been extremely supportive. They helped with the acquisition of a conditional use permit, assisted with the purchase of the program facility, and along with the City of Stockton, assisted with the financing of the rehabilitation of the facility for women.
San Joaquin County has also helped fund 15 treatment beds for nearly 15 years through a federal HUD grant that has helped underwrite the treatment of hundreds of clients. This assistance totals nearly 3 million dollars.
Without the help of these agencies, it is not an exaggeration to state that New Directions would not be able to operate and provide the services that we do to the community. We are very grateful for this help.
In addition, many other community organizations have contributed to our success.
Organizations such as The Rotary Club of Stockton, The University of the Pacific, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce, Second Harvest Food Bank and many others, have made this program possible.
Another important partner with New Directions is Carelink. This organization is under the umbrella of Community Medical Centers. It provides critical medical services to those who otherwise would not receive care.
For many years, Randy Pinnelli and his staff have visited the New Directions program each month to perform tuberculosis testing, HIV testing and education for our clients. They also administer flu shots for staff and residents free of charge. We are grateful for their long standing support and help.