About The Concerned Family
To assess the needs of homeless individuals and families to empower them to be able to live independent and self-sufficient lives.”back to top
The Concerned Family (TCF) believes in the concept that homelessness is not caused by simply the loss of a home but rather the end result of a series of unmet needs. TCF is reacting proactive to this issue by combining public resources, private resources, finances, affordable housing, and needs assessments in offering solutions to the individuals. We know we can make a difference, as we already have in many people’s lives.
A Dedicated Family
The Concerned Family is a group of people that are committed to helping others by giving from the heart. This, along with the vision and selfless dedication of the President and Founder, Lincoln Cooper, has brought the core team together as a family.
Every member of our staff is personally committed to help each individual, single mother or family, find solutions to the most current situation in their life journey. We then walk with them into a hopeful future.
TCF is reaching the homeless issue through active efforts to deal with the predicaments of the homeless directly and with sensitivity. Rehabilitation and self-sufficiency are the two most common programs our clients are enrolled in. These programs are intended to help participants identify needs and set goals. They will also be able to solve the more immediate needs of food, clothing and temporary shelter. Our ultimate goal is to prepare participants to obtain and maintain more self-reliance. TCF is not only devoted to charitable work. We are dedicated to the long term activities which bring success and total rehabilitation to individuals and families whenever possible.
Since 1993, TCF has been responding to the urgent needs of the homeless and transitional families in the Riverside area without regard for their race, color, religion or national origin.
Its President and Founder, Lincoln Cooper, began with personal efforts to organize aid and rehabilitation resources for those in unfortunate circumstances in 1989.
Although temporary relief was sometimes available, Mr. Cooper realized that a program that would combine the varied needs of individuals was not available.
SINCE ITS INCEPTION, TCF HAS SUCCESSFULLY ADMINISTERED:back to top
– An independent men’s shelter on University Avenue in Riverside from March 1992 through 1995.
– A permanent job training program and tutorial sessions for shelter clients who wish to pass the GED exam. These programs were also open to serve the needs of the community.
– Weekly classes and seminars were given, in conjunction with Loma Linda University, by pre-med and graduate students in the Arts and Humanities.
– Weekly free breakfast and clothing distribution programs took place every Saturday morning at White Park from the beginning of 1991 to May 1995.
– A co-op network with Shared Housing, Inc. for placement of appropriate homeless candidates who have successfully completed the men’s shelter program.
– Emergency hot meals and holiday meal co-op programs with local restaurants to benefit the homeless.
– The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Program for the homeless at the Corona Armory funded by FEMA through the Riverside County Community Action Agency from November through March of 1991-1992 and 1994-1995.
Past Resultsback to top
TCF has provided a variety of services that our clients require, including:
– Self-assessment, leading to rehabilitation
– Crisis intervention
– Job counseling