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Celebrating 40 Years

40 Years of CRC

Celebrating 40 Years of Hope

Since our founding in 1979, Community Resource Center has grown from providing basic household needs for families in crisis, to providing a full spectrum of programs for those experiencing domestic violence, hunger and homelessness. This year marks 40 years of Community Resource Center’s service in our community, including 25 years of domestic violence prevention and 15 years of providing shelter at Carol’s House. Please join us in honoring the legacy of our founders, our supporters and those who have found hope at CRC.

KEY DATES

1900

CRC is founded by Ron Egger, Sarah Rosenfield, and Phyllis Bowers.

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1900

First Thrift Store opens out of the back of a pick-up truck.

1900

First Holiday Baskets, originally called “Christmas Baskets,” is distributed to 125 families. Volunteers cook and serve Christmas dinner for the participating families.

1900

Social services (now known as “Integrative Services”) office opens at 656 Second Street. Polynesian Night, the first major fundraising event, is hosted by the Weidners. Monthly FEMA food distribution begins.

1900

Purchase of Social Service and Administration building.

1900

Daily bread room opens (tuna, peanut butter and bread).

1900

First government grant is obtained, from HUD. Transitional housing program for the homeless is initiated.

1900

Domestic violence emergency shelter opens and domestic violence prevention and intervention programs begin.

1900

Long-term housing is offered to victims of domestic violence.

1900

CRC implements new motel voucher program.

1900

With the shelter consistently at full capacity, CRC constructs and furnishes a 24-bed domestic violence emergency shelter, Carol’s House, in only 18 days. The CRC DV Program becomes a regional model of DV services.

1900

Children’s Therapeutic Counseling program begins.

1900

CRC revenue and services doubles.

(2003-2007)

1900

With the support of San Diego Social Venture Partners (SDSVP), CRC realigns its food services to a more outcome-based model and to a focus on food stamp outreach and application assistance. Launch of the Therapeutic Children’s Center, funded by Circle of Angels.

1900

CRC partners with Feeding America to administer Fresh Rescue, collecting fresh food close to expiration from local supermarkets to distribute to people who need it. Relocation of the CRC Encinitas Resale Store allows for the expansion of Homeless and Hunger Prevention and Intervention Services.

1900

CRC celebrates our 30th year.

1900

Holiday Baskets moves to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Resale store opens in Oceanside, Carlsbad store moves to current location. VITA tax preparation assistance is launched.

1900

CalFresh partnership with San Diego County begins.

1900

CRC implements two innovative new programs: Back to Work, a social enterprise and workforce development program, and Ways to Work, a nationwide affordable auto loan program.

1900

Client Center opens, providing participants with an opportunity to select items from the food pantry.

1900

Domestic violence program adopts a trauma-informed approach.

1900

City of Encinitas funds CRC Opening Doors Homeless Pilot Project.

Nutrition policy is adopted for Food Distribution Center.

Clients issues ID cards.

CRC introduces new logo.

1900

Community helps fund a new refrigerated CRC Truck for our Food & Nutrition Center services.

1979

CRC celebrates 40th year.