Hill Country Clinic, based out of Round Mountain, has unveiled plans to build the Center of Hope, a new medical and housing facility in east Redding.
The center will serve patients with complex medical, mental health and social challenges that make it difficult to maintain stable housing. Using a collaborative approach that includes local service providers, schools and government agencies, the Center of Hope will work with the most high-need patients, helping them achieve independence.
Construction will begin in 2018, with a grand opening scheduled for 2020.
Trilogy Architecture is designing the campus which will include housing, a medical clinic, dental services, a pharmacy, counseling offices, and a wellness center for education and training. The McConnell Foundation has donated six acres of land for the Center of Hope and a $4 million capital campaign is underway.
The campus will initially house approximately 18 young adult students transitioning out of homelessness, with medical and other services offered to both those living on campus, and out in the community. Additional housing is planned in Phase 2.
"The Foundation has been consistently impressed with Hill Country's thoughtful design and comprehensive approach toward wellness," said Shannon Phillips, Vice President of Operations for the McConnell Foundation. "The Center of Hope will be an asset to the community as they assist Redding residents achieve stability and independance."
The Center of Hope will fill a gap in existing services, according to Lynn Dorroh, CEO for Hill County. "We know that homeless youth are falling through the cracks locally. Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, not by providing handouts, but by empowering our vulnerable youth population with education, comprehensive health and wellness care, life skills training, and hope."