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Sacramento County transfers control of Mather Community Campus to nonprofit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
By Megan Hansen and Ben Adler

The Mather Community Campus provides meals, shelter and job training for homeless residents that would otherwise be out on the streets. But the County says it can no longer support the programs because of its budget crisis. Paul Lake with the Department of Human Assistance says the County looked for nonprofits to assume management and administrative responsibilities.
Lake: “Our entire goal around this was to ensure sustainability of a program that has been very successful for fifteen years. So our focus has really been how can we keep the services in place.”  
The solution came from the nonprofit Volunteers of America, which already operates a program at Mather. Leo McFarland is VOA’s president. He plans to save money and improve efficiency by speeding up the rehabilitation process from two years to one.   
McFarland: “What we intend to do is to work very hard at modernizing the existing program that we have out there.”
The programs are located on part of the former Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova and have been in existence since 1995. Volunteers of America takes over full responsibility starting this Saturday.
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