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Caminar of Butte County is focused on providing support services that enable people with disabilities to fully integrate and participate in community living. The emphasis is on assisting people with disabilities in to be active and contributing members of the community. This is accomplished by providing community-based services in the areas of independent living, employment, socialization, education, and housing. Butte County primarily serves people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities in the Chico, Paradise and Oroville areas.

Caminar’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing opportunities to live in the community with dignity and independence.

When providing services, Caminar employees maintain the values of compassion, respect and individuality. Our employees see the people they serve as individuals with their own beliefs, desires, capabilities and goals. Employees act as facilitators to assist people with creating meaningful lives within the community.

The referral and funding sources for Caminar of Butte County are Far Northern Regional Center, the Department of Rehabilitation and Butte County Department of Behavioral Health. Funding is also received from the City of Chico and HUD.

CARF Caminar’s vocational services are CARF accredited.  The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent nonprofit organization, whose focus is on ensuring that only high-quality services get the CARF accreditation. CARF’s rigorous standards provide assurance that Caminar of Butte County's services are of that high quality.

Caminar Butte County History
Caminar’s history of service in Butte County started in the mid 1970s in Paradise, with a transitional residential home, called Creekside, for people who had a mental illness. Due to decreased funding for mental health, this program closed in 1983. In the meantime, Caminar pursued a transitional program, called Skylark, for adults who have a developmental disability.  This program consisted of 3 phases: Phase I, a transitional group residential home in Chico; Phase II, the Life Skills Training Program apartment complex, a semi- independent living component; and Phase III, community-based independent living instruction and support services.  The reason for the three-phased design was to provide independent living instruction and support through a planned, sequential program built on successive skill attainment. The Phase III part of Life Skills still exists to this present day. Since the beginning, Caminar of Butte County has grown to provide comprehensive services in a variety of community-based programs. These services enable people with disabilities to fully integrate and participate in the community. The following timeline shows the beginning of specific programs:

1982 – Life Skills:  an independent living program

1990 – Jobs Plus:  a supported employment program

1992 – Access Plus:  a community-based day program

1993 – Community Activity Support Service (CASS) & Personal Attendant:  transportation and assistance with self-care programs

1995 – Friendship Circles:  a socialization program

1998 – Supported Vocational Work Crew:  supported group work crews that perform duties associated with janitorial services, landscaping, bike repair and retail/store work

1999 – Personal, Vocational and Social Adjustment (PVSA):  instruction and support services on appropriate work related behaviors

2001 – Situational Assessment: a comprehensive vocational assessment service

2005 – Senior Ties:  a socialization program geared towards seniors who are 50+

2007 – Supported Housing (Avenida Apartments):  the development of an affordable housing complex that offers housing as well as employment opportunities

2008 - Vocational Services - a cooperative between Caminar, Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Rehabilitation, was established to help people who have a mental illness find and maintain employment

2008 - Sensible Cyclery, a social enterprise business was established

2009 - Supported Living Services - intensive independent living support services

2009 - Transportation - Caminar offers Van Transportation to and from Day Programs

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Caminar will be participating in the Annie B's Community Drive starting in August. The Annie B's Community Drive is an incredible philanthropic event that includes a two-month giving period capped by a community celebration event in October. The Annie B's Community Drive is sponsored by North Valley Community Foundation. See the North Valley Community Foundation website www.nvcf.org/Grant for more information.