About Us

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

Mission Statement

The mission of this program is to achieve improved academic and social outcomes by increasing student retention, success, and completion rates among students attend CR who are food and housing insecure.

Description of Services

The goal of this college-focused food insecurity and rapid rehousing plan 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

Location and Hours

Eureka: Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10am-2pm

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

Klamath-Trinity: By appointment only (530) 6250-4821 or Email Us

Call 707-296-5445 or email
The-GROVE@redwoods.edu if you need food assistance outside of these hours.

The G.R.O.V.E. Staff


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

Daine Caudillo

Diane Caudillo, Counselor

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Michelle Somers, Counselor


Kristin Chorbi, Office Coordinator

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 Kintay Johnson kintay-johnson@redwoods.edu.

If you need to reach someone immediately, call 707-296-5445 or email  us at 


Equity vs Equality

   We are here to help even the playing field. 


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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

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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) is a supplemental nutrition assistance program that helps households and families buy the food they need for good health. CalFresh dollars can help people incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets. Additionally, CalFresh can be used to purchase plant starts or seeds that produce food.

CalFresh benefits can be used at participating grocery retailers, farmers’ markets, authorized farm stands and some Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Benefits are provided on an EBT card (Electronic Benefit Transfer), which works just like a bank debit card.

Market Match program at local farmers’ markets provides bonus farmers' market dollars for FREE to shoppers utilizing a CalFresh EBT card at all North Coast Growers' Association farmers’ markets in Arcata, Eureka, McKinleyville, Fortuna and Garberville farmers' markets.  Click here for more information on Humboldt Market Match and to see a farmers' market schedule.

Here is a list of CalFresh accessible farm stands and/or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. CSA is a partnership between a farm and community of supporters. CSA members commit to a farm to a whole growing season by purchasing a CSA share. The farmer then provides each member with a weekly distribution of seasonal produce at the peak of peak of ripeness and nutrition.

How CRRC Can Help

Many students are eligible for CalFresh. College of the Redwoods provides information on CalFresh and Medi-Cal, friendly application assistance,immediate access to food at the campus Food Pantry, and referrals to on and off campus programs in a welcoming community space. 

Learn more about whether or not you can qualify on our Eligibility page.

There are several different options available to make it as easy as possible to apply.
  1. Visit College of the Redwoods pantry located at FM 111 near the quad. XXXX :
  2. Apply at any DHHS Social Services Branch office:
    • In Eureka: 929 Koster Street. 1-877-410-8809
    • In Garberville: 727 Cedar Street (707) 923-2759
    • In Hoopa: 1200 Airport Road (530) 625-4251
  3. Apply at any of DHHS' Mobile Engagement Vehicle (MEV) locations in a community near you. Click here to view the schedule and locations of where the MEV and Mobile Produce Pantry are in the county throughout the month.
  4. Apply online from any computer with internet access at www.c4yourself.com .
  5. Contact Food for People, the food bank of Humboldt County, at (707) 445-3166 x 318 and set up an appointment to apply at the food bank. They can answer questions and submit your application to the County CalFresh office.
  6. Drop by Food for People on any Monday between 9am and 3pm ( CalFresh drop-in hours--no appointment needed--holidays excluded) dor one-on-one assistance. They also have an online call-back form . Once completed, staff will call you back to answer questions and help you with any next steps, whether it's applying, helping with questions after you have applied, or if you're just looking for more information.
  7. If these sites are not conveniently located for you, there are many community partners providing CalFresh application assistance. View the map and list of sites by clicking here.
Applying and Maintaining Benefits

The short application will ask you personal information (address, household size, etc.) in addition to expense and income information. Student eligibility can be further explained here and we can help you obtain the necessary paperwork required for eligibility verification. After the application is submitted, a county representative will contact you to set up an interview (it can be even be a phone interview!) They will let you know next steps.

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CalFresh Eligibility

College students may be eligible for CalFresh. As of February 2017, there have been recent policy changes that now make it easier for students to qualify. If you were not eligible before, you may be now. Below are some of the basic ways that you can qualify. Click on the screening tool links to get more detailed information.

You may be eligible for CalFresh if you:

  • Are eligible for or have been awarded work study and anticipate working during the school term.
  • Are a Community College student receiving Cal Grant A and the following apply:
    • You are currently unmarried; and
    • You are 25 years of age or younger; and
    • You and your parents had household income of $50,000 a year or less when you applied for the Cal Grant.
  • Are a CSU or UC student receiving Cal Grant A or B and the following apply:
    • You are currently unmarried; and
    • You are 25 years of age or younger; and
    • You and your parents had household income of $50,000 a year or less when you applied for the Cal Grant.
  • Participation in any of the following programs:
    • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
    • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
    • College Disabled Students Program and Services/Student Academic Support
    • Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program
    • UC McNair Program
    • CalFresh Employment and Training Program
    • Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program
    • Puente Project
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative
    • Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES)
    • Extended Foster Care (AB 12/AB 212)
    • Guardian Scholars Program
    • Chafee Educational Training Voucher Program

Note, you may be asked by your County to provide proof, such as an approval or award letter, student aid report or other proof of participation. The CRRC can help you obtain or fax documents.

General Eligibility:

CR Student Eligibility

Student Eligibility:

- Link student eligibility 1-13-07 Info Sheet

Questions? Confused?

Or call 1-877-410-8809 to speak with a local eligibility worker.



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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

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