Regional Emergency Shelter Team or REST, is an organization based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that partners with participating churches, congregations and other community and faith based organizations to provide cold weather shelter and warm meals to families, single women and couples who are homeless in the Yuba-Sutter area.
Many of you visiting this web site for the first time have been with REST from the first night when we opened our doors during the winter of 2010-2011. We can’t thank you enough for what you have given! For those who are new to REST, we hope that this web site provides you with useful information about our communities’ homeless issues and what REST has been able to contribute in providing winter shelter services. Please sign our guest book here.
As REST is preparing for its seventh winter season, it’s important to step back and understand why this organization of over 150 volunteers is needed. REST fills almost 3,000 beds each winter providing an equal number of hot evening meals and morning breakfasts. Of that total, almost 25% (2015-16 season) of the guests are minor children. Just over one fourth of guests that have come to REST are returning from previous years. The 2015-2016 season had a nightly average of 20 guests and assisted a total of 120 individual people.
REST targets those who are seeking emergency housing due to their situation of being homeless or what is termed as "precariously housed" in the Yuba-Sutter region. People who are termed "precariously housed" reside in vacant buildings, cars or dwellings where more than one family coexists. These numbers are acknowledged by many to be understated but the conclusion can be clearly drawn that the homeless challenge for our community is growing. What's more, except for women escaping domestic violence situations or those eligible for substance abuse rehabilitation programs, there are currently very few shelter alternatives for homeless single women in the Yuba-Sutter region. The opportunities for families with children are equally grim. Please help our community address this terrible situation!
REST | P.O. Box 688 | Yuba City, CA 95992