A: The SoMa RISE Center is designed to address the specific needs of people in the SoMa and Tenderloin neighborhoods who are struggling with substance use, non-violent, and willing to follow instructions.
As an example, a woman in her early 20s with a history of trauma is sitting in the street in SoMa, using substances, and appears confused. The Street Crisis Response Team brings her to the center, where she can use the restroom, get a shower, have a snack and water, and get some restorative rest/sleep and allow her condition to improve. While she’s there, she is safe from experiencing further traumas, and because she is indoors, any escalation in her condition will be met promptly with a compassionate, professional response. This improves safety for her and for the community. The staff engages with her, offers her referrals and linkages to other appropriate programs that can support her, including medical care, psychosocial services, and substance use services and other resources, and upon departure, we transport her to a women’s shelter.