Who We Are
Established in 2013, The Annex is a unique community-based outreach service located in Anderson, California. The idea for The Annex was conceived by five women friends (see their bio sketches) who have worked for many years in various aspects of health care, community advocacy, social services, and education. They wanted to bring their various talents, experiences, and passions together to address the needs of people in southern Shasta and northern Tehama counties. Out of many conversations and with the encouragement of some respected mentors came the idea to establish a small resource center where people could meet together in a safe and welcoming environment.
Services such as health and wellness seminars and education, support groups for special topics or needs, Spanish-language services to help Hispanic people navigate through barriers that often prevent access to services, health screenings, spiritual support, and identifying needs and referral to other services and agencies are some of the services provided at The Annex.
All services are open to the public and offered free or for a nominal fee, typically the cost of materials or supplies. Although The Annex is founded on the traditions of the Judeo-Christian faith and our volunteer staff is made up of practicing Christians, it is our commitment to serve people equally regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief. We hold a firm respect for and belief in the richness of the diversity of God’s creation.
It is our desire to extend friendship, support and encouragement and to partner with others in our community to help our community enjoy healthy and productive lives.
Our vision is to be a safe, welcoming, and well-organized center that serves the citizens of Anderson, Cottonwood and surrounding communities by providing wellness education and support, outreach services and resources, friendship and spiritual nurture consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Our mission is threefold:
To identify the social, spirtual, physical, and educational needs in our community and to form partnerships with others in the community who share our values and mission.
To develop and deliver services that respond to the felt and identified spiritual, health, social and practical needs in our community.
To develop and equip skilled spiritual volunteers and leaders who can appropriately interact with and serve a wide constituency.
We will pursue the fulfillment of our mission through:
SERVING By following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we will serve those He seeks to save for eternity by offering friendship, guidance, empathy, and resources in a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.
HEALING By acknowledging the teaching and example of Jesus, we will make the restoration and preservation of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health a priority by providing information, education, and support.
TEACHING By acknowledging the importance of a well-developed mind and character, we will provide trainings, tutoring, discussion and study to promote a well-rounded and mature relationship to God and fellow-man.
EQUIPPING By recognizing the command of Jesus and his disciples to fully develop and utilize the gifts of the Spirit, we will provide opportunities for volunteers to be trained and equipped to knowledgeably serve and minister with sensitivity and without judgment or bias; reflecting Christ’s love, compassion and patience.