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Navigation Center/Recuperative Care for Homeless Reopens

An official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for Fullerton’s Navigation Center/Recuperative Care for the homeless took place on April 8, featuring local elected officials, representatives from Illumination Foundation (the non-profit that runs the center), faith leaders, donors, and other members of the community.

Paul Leon, CEO of Illumination Foundation, and Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker (center) cut the ribbon at the Fullerton Navigation Center.

The facility is located in a 15,700-square-foot former commercial building near the Fullerton airport and is able to house up to 90 adults experiencing homelessness, with an additional 60 beds for adults in need of recuperative care as they recover from surgery and other critical hospital care.

Exterior of the Fullerton Navigation Center.

In addition to shelter, the Center provides in-house medical workers and case managers to provide wraparound care for those experiencing homelessness.

The Navigation Center opened in August 2020. Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases across the region, it was converted into a COVID-only site in December 2020, and changes were made to the Center to accommodate this.

Earlier this year, the Center temporarily closed in preparation for reopening under the full-service model for which it was intended. It re-opened April 12, with COVID-19 precautions in place.

At the dedication event on April 8, attendees were given a tour of the facility. Here are some photos from that tour:

Dining and lounge area.

Sleeping area.

Councilmember Jesus Silva and Mayor Bruce Whitaker tour the facility.

Dental services area. The facility provides wraparound medical services for those experiencing homelessness.


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  1. Will these residents be identified only as homeless or will this place address the fact that many homeless are homeless due to their chronic, mental illness. These people need long-term, residential care that treats their mental illness not a temporary solution.