With a well-known and wide spread knowledge that Riverside County is extremely under-resourced with regard to all homeless related services most especially in the area of housing (emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive), Project T.O.U.C.H. was strongly led to help fill that gap.
In 2007, the need was identified to assist local law enforcement with regard to homeless related calls. Law enforcement was frustrated with the lack of services and resources in the region to be able to effectively respond to these overwhelming needs. Through Project T.O.U.C.H.’s partnership with Law Enforcement we were able to assist both the individuals and officers on the front lines when the calls were placed saving the officers and municipalities many valuable man hours, yet the most important tool of all was still missing…EMERGENCY SHELTER AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING!
In 2009, Project T.O.U.C.H. began sheltering people from the winter elements inside of local churches. By truly serving those in need – the coalition grew rapidly which fueled the political will of the community to meet the most basic of humanitarian needs. By simply adding the component of housing we were able to make a profound difference in the lives of individuals as well as law enforcement.
From the inception of these programs – Project T.O.U.C.H. has been honored to serve municipalities and individuals alike saving cities and tax payers countless dollars by taking care of their most vulnerable citizens.