Due to the continued need for social distancing, Connections will not be allowing visitors at the shelter. Please continue to follow the latest recommendations to keep yourself, and others healthy and safe.
Connections is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff does regular safety checks on our property and guests. Security cameras are located throughout the property and in the neighborhood to discourage loitering and trespassing. Law enforcement regularly patrols the neighborhood as well. There is an alarm system and staff have panic buttons in case of any emergency.
We don’t have a curfew or a cut-off time where the doors are locked for the night. We do have a quiet time, between the hours of 10:00PM and 7:00AM so as to be good neighbors. Mariposa is a small town and almost everything is closed between these hours. There should be no reason to be out on the streets during quiet time hours. We know that and so does law enforcement.
We do not require that people be sober, compliant with mental health or addiction treatment plans, or agree to participate in programs to receive services and housing support from us. Instead, we welcome them where they are.
Lowering the barriers that keep people out of an emergency shelter means more people can be connected to the services that can help them with what they need when they need it.
We do practice a harm-reduction philosophy, recognizing additions and substance abuse may be part of a guest’s life. Encouraging our guests in a non-judgmental way regarding destructive behavior, by offering preventative education and support for services to help get them over the issues in their lives.