REST - Our History
REST was incorporated in the summer of 2010 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to act as an initial stop gap measure to address the crisis of homelessness in the Yuba City and Marysville communities. The organization was born out of an abbreviated initial effort of housing homeless families and single women in an abandoned Yuba City fire house. That organization, called Family Emergency Winter Shelter or FEWS, worked hard at accomplishing this goal and many lessons were learned. It became evident that a faith based non-profit rotating shelter concept, utilizing area churches, would better serve our community. Some former FEWS Board members met with new area volunteers to form a new, faith based nonprofit corporation, called the
Regional Emergency Shelter Team or REST. Volunteers from other congregations and community organizations joined in and contributed meals, snacks and their time during that first season. The response to REST was immediate; almost 1,900 beds were filled during that first season including 27 minor children guests. Since that inaugural winter season, the numbers have steadily climbed. Through its church partners, REST is now open for 18 weeks from late November extending into April, offering up to 30+ beds & evening and breakfast meals.
REST closely partners with Hands of Hope, another non-profit that serves the needy in our region. Hands of Hope is open four days a week and provides day time services such as laundry facilities, showers, computer resources, and counseling/mentoring opportunities. REST utilizes the Hands of Hope facility at 909 Spiva Avenue in Yuba City as a point of entry and release for overnight guests. Hands of Hope and REST closely coordinate policies and procedures in order to provide a consistent framework for homeless families and single women in need. Please support Hands of Hope in any way that you can!