The operation of an
organization like New Directions requires the assistance and
cooperation of many agencies and organizations in the community.
The attrition rate for substance abuse treatment programs is
extremely high. In some communities, it is simply not possible to
attain a use permit because there is negative sentiment regarding
This has not been the case with New Directions. In fact, the
reason we are still operating is due to the strong support,
guidance and understanding that we have enjoyed from a variety of
departments in the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County
The City of Stockton Housing and Redevelopment Department has
assisted in many ways. They provided funds through the
Community Development Block Grant program that made it possible
for us to
purchase the site from which we operate, a former bible college.
They also provided funds that enabled New Directions to
rehabilitate an existing building that houses treatment
exclusively for women.
The San Joaquin Community Development Department has also been
extremely supportive. They helped with the acquisition of a
conditional use permit, assisted with the purchase of the program
facility, and along with the City of Stockton, assisted with the financing
the rehabilitation of the facility for women.
San Joaquin County has also helped fund 15 treatment beds for
nearly 15 years through a federal HUD grant that has helped underwrite the
treatment of hundreds of clients. This assistance totals nearly 3
Without the help of these agencies, it is not an exaggeration
to state that New Directions would not be able to operate and
provide the services that we do to the community. We are very
grateful for this help.
In addition, many other community organizations have
contributed to our success.
Organizations such as The Rotary Club of Stockton, the Stockton
Asparagus Festival, Junior Aid of Stockton, The University of the
Pacific, The California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, Bank of America, Second
Harvest Food Bank and many others, have made this program
Another important partner with New Directions is Carelink. This organization is under the
umbrella of Community Medical Centers. It
provides critical medical services to those who otherwise would
not receive care.
For many years, Randy Pinnelli and his staff
have visited the New Directions program each month to perform
tuberculosis testing, HIV testing and education for our clients.
They also administer flu shots for staff and residents free of
charge. We are grateful for their long standing support and