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The Community Assistance Center (CAC) is made up of three shelters (Men's, Women's, and Family Shelter) currently operated by Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada, a Triage Center and a variety of non-profit agencies.

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Family Shelter History

Family Shelter (775) 322-9574

The Family Shelter provides shelter for up to 21 homeless families and 6 pregnant women or women with an infant.

Men's Shelter (775) 329-4141
The Men's Shelter is a short-term emergency shelter for adult men. Approximately 158 men can be sheltered nightly in this facility. An additional 66 individuals can utilize the day room during inclement weather.

Women's Shelter (775) 329-4145
The Women's Shelter is a short-term emergency shelter for adult women. Approximately 50 women can be sheltered in this facility.

Triage Center (775) 348-8811
The Community Triage Center in Reno provides safe, medically-supervised detoxification services to those seeking treatment for substance abuse, as well as crisis stabilization services for persons with mental health issues. This facility is currently operated by Westcare Nevada, Inc.

Other CAC Service Provides
Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet- Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet provides clothing free of charge to those in need in our community. Clothing is obtained through a voucher system. Vouchers can be obtained at most social service agencies in the community.

Community Health Alliance (CHA) - CHA Outreach provides free medical care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

ReStart Inc.- ReStart programs include psychiatric services, medication management, case management and psychosocial rehabilitation. In addition, ReStart operates housing programs for individuals and families who are chronically homeless.

Tom Vetica Resource Center- The Tom Vetica Resource Center provides free services to individuals experiencing homelessness poverty. Services provided include but are not limited to: telephone use with free long distance; voicemail service; receiving mail; computer with internet access; fax; copying; and information and referrals. This facility is currently operated by ReStart, Inc.

Washoe County School District Re-Engagement Center- The Re-engagement Center provides comprehensive services to youth who live in the shelter, as well as youth in the surrounding area. The Center works to get students who are out of school back into school, as well as improve the attendance of poor achieving students.

Outreach Services- Numerous other organizations utilize the Tom Vetica Resource Center classrooms to conduct outreach to homeless and at-risk households. Outreach is conducted regularly by the VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada SNAP Outreach, Disability Action Advocates, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Organizations providing services that benefit low income populations are welcome to conduct outreach in the Center. Contact (775) 657-4675 to sign up or obtain a calendar of outreach services.

Meal Provision

Volunteer groups regularly feed both inside the shelters and on the CAC campus. Groups interested in preparing a meal for the shelters need to contact the corresponding shelter (contact info above). Groups interested in feeding non-sheltered individuals at the CAC can contact Elaine Wiseman at (775) 334-2305 or by email at The outdoor feeding calendar can be found on the CAC Calendar page.

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