About Us

The Growth, Resource, Outreach, Valued & Empowerment (G.R.O.V.E.) Program

Mission Statement

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.

Description of Services

The goal of this college-focused food insecurity and rapid rehousing program is to provide services, including: emergency assistance; access to food, homelessness prevention services and activities; and housing and motel vouchers to student’s experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity while attending CR. 

How we identify students experiencing homelessness:
  • McKinney-Vento liaisons
  • Through the CR application for admission
  • Self-Referrals
  • Through referrals from CR front line staff, Instructors, Managers, and Administrators
  • Accessing the Food Pantry for Resources
  • Scholarship Application
  • Community Partners: Office of Education (Humboldt, Del Norte), Humboldt State University, 
    Department of Health and Human Services, Continuum of Care Committee Members

G.R.O.V.E.  Staff


Kintay D. Johnson, Ph.D.                  Director, Special Programs


    Kristin Chorbi, Office Coordinator

Location and Hours

Eureka: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm

Del Norte: Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10am-3pm

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

Email the-GROVE@redwoods.edu  if you need food assistance outside of these hours.

G.R.O.V.E.  Counselors

Daine Caudillo

Diane Caudillo, Associate Faculty

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Michelle Somers, Associate Faculty


Devon Hernandez, Associate Faculty


Concepcion (Leo) Sousa, Associate Faculty

Core Values

Core Values of the G.R.O.V.E.

  • Community
  • Competence
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Culture

If you are a CR student experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, please contact us at The-GROVE@redwoods.edu.

If you need to reach someone immediately, call 707-476-4560 or email  kintay-johnson@redwoods.edu.

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   We are here to help even the playing field. 


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Food Pantry

Mission Statement

The CR Resource 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 Resource 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.

Core Values of Pantry and Resource Center:

  • Dignity
  • Empowerment
  • Community
  • Respect for Diversity

Hours Temporary limited hours: Monday - Thursday  9:00am - 1:00pm by appointment only. Please call (707) 476-4455 to make an appointment.. 

Food Pantry Phone: 707-476-4616

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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

Depression, Anxiety & Trauma Support Group

Facilitated by The G.R.O.V.E. Counselors  Diane Caudillo & Michelle Somers.

Mondays 2:00 - 3:00pm via Zoom  

(except on school holidays)

A space to both give and receive encouragement & comfort. No need to share, you may simply be present. All are welcome. Kindness and mutual support are the guding principles for our meeting.

Contact Michelle Somers at michelle-somers@redwoods.edu or call (707) 296-5445 for the link to register.Students must register with their CR email address in order to be admitted to the meeting.

Sponsored by Multicultural & Diversity Center and the G.R.O.V.E.

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Community Partners:

  • Office of Education (Humboldt, Del Norte)
  • Humboldt State University
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Continuum of Care Committee Member
  • Locally Delicious
  • College of the Redwoods department of Student Equity and Success
  • Blue Lake Family Resource Center
    • Blue Lake Community Resource Center
      312 South Railroad St. (P.O. Box 458)
      Blue Lake, CA 95525
      (707) 668-4281
  • Humboldt State University OhSNAP! - http://hsuohsnap.org/

Contact Us

Contact Information

The Grove

Kintay Johnson, Special Programs Director
(707) 476-4560
Student Services Building, Room SS-XXX.

M, T, W, 10AM-2PM or by appointment

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its educational programs and its employment practices.

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