12 Days of Giving: Roseville Home Start helps families reverse cycle of homelessness

By: Michelle Carl, Managing Editor
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During the 12 Days of Giving from Nov. 23-Dec. 4, the Press Tribune will feature a new nonprofit online every day and share how you can help its mission.

For the families living at Roseville Home Start, it’s a season to be thankful — they have a roof over their heads.

Roseville Home Start provides transitional housing for around 50 homeless families each year in a refurbished motel on Riverside Avenue. But they get so much more than a roof — families are given case management, job assistance and budgeting skills — in fact, they sign over their income to the nonprofit so they can build savings for the transition to self-sufficiency.

Making Christmas special is important, especially for the children, said Jenni Toedtemeier, manager of outreach and development with Roseville Home Start.

“We want our children to have a Christmas just like any other child does,” she said. “We want to make sure they have memories that last a lifetime for them, and we’re very fortunate the community assists us with that.”

Although their young lives may have been filed with strife, Roseville Home Start hopes to show the children a peaceful home life and help break the cycle of homelessness.

“Even if their whole childhood is not the best, they can grow up and start healthy families of their own, and also understand the importance of having a regular job, saving money and being part of the community,” she said.

Nonprofit name: Roseville Home Start

Mission: Successfully transitions homeless families into affordable, sustainable permanent housing and self-sufficiency, through a system of housing and support services that is comprehensive, flexible, accessible and accountable.

How to help: Attend the Holiday Teddy Bear Tea from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis. Enjoy traditional tea fare, goodies for the kids, storytime with Santa, live music and performances of scenes from The Nutcracker. Every child 12 and under goes home with a teddy bear. Tickets for the first ever event are $45 adults, $30 children and are available at Families can also adopt Home Start families, call for details.

Contact: (916) 782-6667 or

Check back tomorrow for the next in the Press Tribune's 12 Days of Giving series.