About us

Mariposa Heritage House Drop-In Recovery Support Center

is a place people can come to access essential resources and supports that promote long-term recovery and embrace all pathways to health and wellness. We provide early access to services, essential needs and opportunity for socialization. 

Our Alliance Vision

We envision a society of nonviolence and mutual respect in which every individual is valued.

Our Mission

Mariposa Heritage House is a drop-in recovery support center. We strive to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where change is possible and hope is fostered. Our mission is to provide early access to services, support, and resources for all community members in need.

Our Values

It is vital that confidentiality and personal safety be respected at all times. We, therefore, honor the privacy of our clients, staff and volunteers. We claim an atmosphere of emotional, verbal, and physical non-violence in our workplace and in our programs.

All individuals have inherent worth and are, therefore, valued equally, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, class, age, country of origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religion or ability. It is essential to honor our differences, as well as our similarities. Respect is reflected in the way we treat our clients, ourselves, and members of the community. We value the ideas, beliefs, opinions and decisions of others, whether or not we agree with them.

We believe empowerment begins with recognizing and knowing that individually and collectively our staff and volunteers have the strength to accomplish our goals and clients have the strength to make personal decisions that lead to necessary change.

We hold ourselves and others accountable for decisions and behaviors within both the agency and the community. We recognize that we make decisions that affect others and ourselves and do so with as much information as possible. Our commitment to cooperation and open communication is demonstrated in the way we approach our work.

We advocate for positive changes in the societal systems that may lead to oppression. Our work will not be done until every person in our community is treated equally, until each individual is respected, and the dignity of every person is recognized. To this end, we will educate ourselves and our community to reject violence and oppression in our own lives and in the lives of the people around us.

We believe that individual wellness is essential to the health and success of our organizational mission. It is our goal to cultivate an environment that supports wellness in mind, body and spirit for ourselves, our clients and our communities. We do this by creating space and skills for self – care investing in our communities and supporting environmental sustainability.

Our Philosophy

We believe wellness is essential to the health and success of our organizational mission and we will strive to cultivate an environment of wellness in mind, body and spirit for our clients, our communities and ourselves. When we support individuals and families, we promote recovery, self-determination and wellness in all aspects of life. When we provide essential supports and services, individuals and families can overcome challenges and conditions and work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life and achieve their full potential.

History of Mariposa Heritage House

Mariposa Heritage House (MHH) was originally a program of Mariposa County Human Services Department founded in 2001. MHH became an independent non-profit corporation in 2011 and finally, in 2012, joined the Alliance for Community Transformations and has gained recognition as a unique drop-in recovery support center.

A little on Drop-In Centers: A drop-in center is a service agency for either the mentally ill, homeless people, teenagers, and other communities that offers a place where people can go to obtain food and other services. A friendly environment for people who are struggling with mental health symptoms to recover, aimed to provide services to disadvantaged groups in the community, including the homeless, people with mental illness and substance use disorders.

A little on Recovery Support Centers or Recovery Community Centers: Recovery Support Centers in America can be traced back to the 1800’s when mutual aid societies cropped up and spread throughout the US. Today they are a resource for education, information, support and socialization for those in recovery, their family and friends and work in an environment of inclusion and acceptance.

Our Association with the Alliance

The Alliance for Community Transformations provides responsive and preventative services to individuals and families, and works through partnerships and collective action to create truly safe, healthy and socially just communities where every member thrives. Based in Mariposa and Merced Counties, there are six programs that help us achieve our mission: Mountain Crisis Services, Valley Crisis Center, Ethos Youth Center, Mariposa Heritage House, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa, and Connections emergency shelter.

Memberships and Affiliations