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Basic Needs Center

Basic Needs Center


About Us


Mission: Our Mission is to ensure that every student has safe, secure housing, access to healthy food, and financial stability, that will help them success at College of the Redwoods and in life.  


Our mission is to improve academic and social outcomes by increasing student retention, success, and completion rates among students attending College of the Redwoods who are housing and food insecure.

Basic Needs Center Staff      

Kristin Chorbi

Kristin Chorbi, Office Coordinator

Location and Hours


Eureka Site: New Hours
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

After Hours: Call (707) 476-4455 or (707) 476-4112

Del Norte Site
Tues/Wed: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Klamath-Trinity: By appointment only.  Call (530) 625-4821.

After Hours Resources

If you are experiencing a crisis, or if someone you know is, please call 911, or call the 24-hour Crisis Line at 707-445-7715. The toll-free number is 888-849-5728.

You can also call County Outpatient Services at 707-268-2900 and let them know that you need services. Once you are assessed, you may be eligible for  a wide variety of services, from counseling to assistance with housing.

If you are on a CR campus, you can also call Public Safety at 707-476-4111.

Core Values

Core Values of the Basic Needs Center

  • Dignity
  • Empowerment
  • Community
  • Respect for Diversity

For more information, contact or call 707-476-4455.

Equity vs Equality

   We are here to help even the playing field. 


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Food Pantry/Clothing Closet

Mission Statement

The CR Basic Needs Center seeks to decrease stigma and empower students to achieve academic success through increasing access to services and resources in a caring community.

Description of Services

The Basic Needs Center provides application assistance and information on Cal Fresh and Medi-Cal, access to the Food Pantry, referrals to on and off campus programs in a welcoming community space.

Donations Accepted: (call first before bringing any donations)

  • Professional Clothing: blazers, dress shirts, dress pants, dresses, skirts, blouses
  • Pants: khakis, jeans (no holes)
  • Shirts: button down, collar
  • T-shirts: plain (no logos)
  • Outerwear: Sweatshirts, Jackets, Sweaters, Vests

Free children's clothing available at the Family Resource Center at Pine Hill School, 5230 Vance Ave. Eureka.

Fall Hours: Open Monday - Friday
(Check above for hours)

  • If the Food Pantry is closed and you need access, please call (707) 476-4455  or Public Safety at 707-476-4112. 

Food Pantry Phone: 707-476-4616

Food pantry



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On Campus Housing

CR offers housing for up to 160 students in two buildings. Residency in the dorms includes a meal plan at the cafeteria, on site laundry facilities , and free admission to CR events.

Redwoods Room & Board Scholarship 

  • The College of the Redwoods Residence Hall Scholarship program is designed to provide transitional housing for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
  • Each scholarship award is for one semester.The awards are renewable for a maximum of two academic years as long as the student continues to meet the scholarship requirement criteria.
  • The intent is to provide each student with the support and life skills to transition to off-campus housing as soon as they are capable.

Find out more.


Definition of Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
- The World Health Organization

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Community Partners:

  • Arcata House Partnership
  • Cal Poly Humboldt University
  • Cal Poly Humboldt University OhSNAP! -
  • Cal Poly Humboldt College Corps
  • College of the Redwoods Shively Farm
  • College of the Redwoods Multi-cultural & Equity Center
  • College of the Redwoods Career Center
  • Department of Health and Human Services - CalFresh Program
  • Office of Education (Humboldt, Del Norte)

Facilities Available on Campus

24-Hour Restroom Access

THESE RESTROOMS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. The gender-neutral restroom located just outside of the Mendocino Lounge at the CR Residence Halls is now open 24-hours/day, 7days a week, including weekends and holidays, to ensure students have restroom access after business hours.

Shower Access

The women's and men's showers located in the locker rooms between the Physical Education Building and the Field House are available to all students Monday through Friday, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. If you need access on the weekends or holidays, please call Public Safety at (707) 476-4112. Towels are not provided but may be available at the Basic Needs Center in FM 111. 


The locker rooms in the Physical Education Building are available to be used by students. Students will need to provide their own locks. Students do not need to notify anyone once they have selected a locker or lockers, simply place your lock on the locker. You will need to remove the contents of the locker at the end of the semester so custodians can clean the insides of all of the lockers.  


Laundry detergent is available at the Basic Needs Center in FM 111. Laundry vouchers may be available and are limited to 1 per student per month. 

Student-Parent Services and Resources


Cal Fresh

CalFresh, California’s SNAP program, provides supplemental income for purchasing food to low income households. Students, 18 to 49, attending an institution of higher education, like a college, university, trade school, or technical school more than half-time are eligible for SNAP if they meet an exemption and meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements.
Apply now.   Check eligibility. 

California Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program helps individuals who are pregnant or just had a baby, and children up to age 5 eat well, be active, and stay healthy. WIC welcomes partners, grandparents, foster parents, or guardians who care for eligible children. WIC services are provided at no cost to you.
More Information   Apply Now 

California Earned Income Tax Credit

What's CalEITC? The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) offers support for low-income, working Californians. You may be eligible for up to $3,417 cash back or a reduction of the tax you owe.
Learn how to qualify and apply.

College of the Redwoods Child Development Center

The CDC simultaneously provides a high-quality laboratory setting for Early Childhood Education students, and enriching child care and development services for our local community. Enrollment open to CR students, employees and the community. 
Phone: 707-476-4337   Apply for the CDC

College of the Redwoods Priority Registration

Each student at CR is assigned a registration date, ,which is based on whether you have Priority Registration. If you have Priority Registration – you register earlier than the rest of the CR student body.  
Learn more.   

Young Child Tax Credit 

The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) provides a credit up $1,083 per tax return for Californians who qualify for CalEITC and have a child under 6 years old.
Learn more.   Check eligibility.

Contact Us

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Contact Information

Basic Needs Center

(707) 476-4616 
Forum Building FM111

Mon - Fri 9:00am-4:00pm or by appointment at (707)476-4455.

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