CATCH of Canyon County
History / Timeline
On August 13th, 2009 the City of Caldwell launched CATCH of Canyon County, the first successful replication of the CATCH model. Many community partners came together to get the program off the ground in Canyon County including the City of Boise, The Dept of Health and Welfare (Reg. III), SICHA, the United Way, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Region III Housing Coalition and several faith-based organizations and local businesses.
“We are thankful to be able to continue and build upon the success of the City of Boise. This is a true example of how none of us can do it all, but if we work together toward a common goal, we can see incredible results,” said Mayor Nancolas. “The City of Caldwell is proud to be part of this much-needed program that will do wonders for families in our community.”
The program started with a part-time Program Coordinator and a donated office space at the Caldwell Dept. of Health and Welfare. In the initial year 13 homeless families with children were served. Social work student interns from Northwest Nazarene University also partnered with CATCH in these initial days.
However, the program quickly grew and the Program Coordinator moved to full time and it became apparent that the program needed a larger office space. A location on the bus route, situated midway between the City of Caldwell and City of Nampa, opened up for rent. With a generous donation from Saltzer Medical Group, CATCH of Canyon County moved into this space in March of 2010. The space provided room for a computer lab for the CATCH families to job search, a play room for the children, and a room to hold household supplies and donations.
A second case manager was hired in May of 2010 allowing the number of families CATCH of Canyon County served at any given time to increase. In January, 2011 a part-time Administrative Assistant/Donations Coordinator was added to complete the staff.
In Spring of 2011 CATCH of Canyon County was recognized as the Program of the Year by the Idaho Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics for their work in contributing to the lives of homeless children.
Families are referred to CATCH of Canyon County from local shelters including Hope’s Door, The Salvation Army Community Family Shelter, The Lighthouse Rescue Mission, Valley Crisis Center, and WICAP. CATCH of Canyon County has maintained a 90% success rate in families graduating and remaining stably housed!
How you can help:
CATCH of Canyon County is successful because of the investment from community members. There are many ways individuals and groups can be involved including:
- Sponsoring a C.A.T.C.H. Family’s rent for 6-months (approx: $500 a month)
- Donate new or gently used household items
- Help move in a CATCH family to their new apartment (takes approx:1-2 hours)
- Sponsor a C.A.T.C.H. family for birthday/Christmas gifts
- Volunteer your time to help C.A.T.C.H. families with job searching or providing rides to appointments
- Provide “Welcome Home” Flowers for new CATCH families
- Donate a service to assist CATCH families in getting back on their feet. Example: donate car repairs or oil changes, haircuts, etc.