Betty

Betty Chinn is a woman who exemplifies how one person can BettySmiletouch the lives of hundreds of people whom the rest of the world has forgotten. Her purpose is simple: to show the homeless who live in her hometown of Eureka love, comfort and basic humanity.”

Every morning before dawn, she loads up her catering truck with an urn of hot coffee, piles on the doughnuts and heads out to make her deliveries. Hers is a special clientele: the homeless, the disenfranchised, the forgotten. They are often mentally ill, substance abusers, teenage runaways or veterans. They do not seek out shelters or come in from the cold; they prefer to hide. They live under the railroad, under bridges or in the bushes. At the moment they range in age from age 3 to age 82, but she’s seen them younger and older. Betty is one of the few people in their fearful world they have come to trust. No judgment, no lecture; just a cup of coffee and a taste of humanity to help them get through the day… [more]


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Needed right now:

  • WARM, weatherproof gloves: We need LOTS of these!  When your hands are cold, it’s impossible to warm up on these cold, cold nights!  Betty helps people whose hands are blue and stiff from the cold.
  • WARM jackets: For men, women, & children
  • WARM socks: Wool is best, but any dry socks are better than having to wear cold, wet ones!*
  • WARM sleeping bags
  • Insulating pads for sleeping on ground
  • Tents
  • Waterproof Tarps

* edit 2-12-2014: no more clothes needed at this time.
See our Needs page for how to donate. Thank you!

The Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation and Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa proudly announce the grand opening of the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center! The public is invited to our Open House on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stop by and see our new facility on the corner of 7th and C St. in Eureka and learn about the different programs we will be offering to the homeless community. This has been a true community effort and we are so grateful!
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Here’s the story, from The Eureka Times-Standard’s Thadeus Greenson: http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_24493984/evidence-theres-hope-outpouring-support-betty-kwan-chinn

Betty cuts the ribbon at the Grand Opening

Betty cuts the ribbon at the Grand Opening

The ribbon is cut, the Center is complete!

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DayCenterInProgressConstruction was going at full speed today at the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center. Outside, windows and siding are being replaced. Inside, drywall is starting to go up. If construction stays on schedule, the building should be finished before the end of October. Betty is very excited about the progress!