Hello everyone! We haven’t added much to this website in quite some time, but thanks for checking it out if you are reading this. There has been so much change in the last few months that it might be hard to keep track of it all. The basic timeline of events is that since December 16th, 2020, we have been unable to provide life-saving services to our program participants due to the Eureka City Council’s vote for a resolution that banned syringe services within their jurisdiction.
On January 21st, 2021, an emergency ordinance was adopted that would allow us to operate only from approved mobile locations within city limits.
So, where are we now? We are working on the logistical complications that come with this resolution which include getting the appropriate insurance coverage as required by the city as well as fundraising for an appropriate vehicle that will allow us to give services in a meaningful way.
On Valentine’s Day of 2021 we launched our Have a HEART for HACHR vehicle campaign and we are seeing some great traction so far. (Here’s a great picture of Jessica Smith, our former Executive Director) 🙂
This vehicle is a huge aspect of our abilities to do mobile services in Eureka because the vehicle we have now just doesn’t cut it. There are mechanical, and physical damages to our existing vehicle that restrict the amount of storage and our ability to provide HIV/HCV testing equipment.
Our ideal vehicle is a Sprinter van that would eventually be retrofitted to accommodate some of the features we need in order to provide the services we offer at the best of our ability.
This fundraising effort is the major hinge of our abilities to provide services again we are asking that all of our supporters spread this information far and wide. Any and all support is appreciated as we push forward.
If you would like to contribute to our efforts in getting our mobile services up and running, please consider donating to our cause:
Thank you for everyone’s continued support in HACHR’s mission. We couldn’t do it without you.
-Jasmine Guerra (Assistant Executive Director at HACHR)