Featured Organization / Grantee

Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (LMCHD) will feature an organization on the LMCHD website each month. LMCHD would like to educate the community about community organizations and services they provide. LMCHD's intent is to educate the community and to help assist our residents in locating needed services.

 

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County and RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul

Meals on Wheels & Senior Outreach Services was asked a number of questions about their organization. Please click on the questions to reveal their answers

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Who is the organization’s CEO or Executive Director? How did you become involved with the organization? How has your background prepared you to lead this organization?
Melanie Anguay has been the executive director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa ("SVdP") for nearly three years. Her family instilled the importance of helping others and she volunteered with several nonprofits in her youth, assisting foster youth and homeless populations. As a result, she developed a passion towards social justice which is closely aligned with work of SVdP. Approximately 14 years ago; she joined SVdP as a volunteer in her local branch. Her interest in the work of SVdP continued through college, and upon college graduation, Melanie joined the staff of SVdP in Oakland. Her various roles included experience in the Information Technology department and as the first Director of Programs, overseeing SVdP-Alameda County’s downtown Oakland campus of services. Eventually, Melanie became the first Director of Social Enterprises, tasked with incorporating SVdP's social mission of systemic change in the training and employing underserved populations into earned revenue activities as well as minimizing waste by means of creative re-use and recycling. Melanie’s commitment to SVdP includes her ongoing volunteer activities with the organization on a national level, joining the national Youth and Young Adult Committee, which is responsible for recruitment and cultivation of SVdP volunteers under the age of 40. Melanie has also represented SVdP of the USA at international meetings.

Her commitment to make the world a better has led her to SVdP.

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Tell us about your organization. Who Are You? What programs or services do you offer?
As one of the most trusted non-profit safety-net providers operating in Contra Costa County for over 50 years, St. Vincent de Paul serves over 200,000 residents of Contra Costa annually with critical need services such a medical care, food, shelter, job-training program, employment, clothing, furniture and emergency family assistance. The low-income and under-served are provided access to our services with no prerequisites.

SVdP is centralized in Pittsburg, with a Family Resource Center, (including a free medical clinic and other social services), and also operates 27 branches throughout the county and 2 Thrift Stores. Over 650 volunteers operate from our 27 branches, providing outreach and support to the needy within their local communities, and operating 21 food pantries.

SVdP Family Resource Center-Pittsburg

The SVdP Family Resource Center provides a one-stop location for county residents to access help. Services include:

  • The RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul provides bi-lingual medical services to the uninsured and underserved low-income residents of East County unable to qualify for or afford healthcare coverage. Urgent and Chronic care services are provided by an all-volunteer team of medical professionals. Over 4,100 patient visits have been provided since the clinic opened in 2011. The free medical clinic is open Wednesdays, (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm), and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, (9:00 am – 12:00 pm). Referral to free specialty care and free surgical care is provided by the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic. Additionally, Certified Diabetic Educators provide special one-on-one and class-setting educational services. An on-site social worker is provided for access to additional social services.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room serves a hot, nutritious lunch to over 180 guests daily, (M-F), 11:00 am- 12:45 pm. We have signed a 15-year partnership agreement with Loaves & Fishes. They generously provide the daily meals, and we jointly manage the program. When not providing hot, nutritious meals, the Free Dining Room is used as a "St. Vincent de Paul Community Center" to host recovery meetings, job training, and health workshops on Diabetes and Obesity and other community events.  Annually, over 40,000 meals are provided. 
  • St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Food Pantry is open daily, M-F, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, offering 3-days supply of food to those in need.  In addition to the emergency food offered by our centralized service, our SVdP branches operate 20 Food Pantries.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Workforce Development Program offers re-entry jobs and training for those new to or those returning to the workforce. The WFD program offers 24-week transitional employment/job-training positions, with personal and professional assistance in job search, financial literacy and life skills. The goal of our program is to help participants with barriers to employment find long-term, satisfactory work at a decent wage.
  • Daytime homeless shelter provides a warm, inviting daytime homeless shelter for clients participating in the Winter Nights Shelter program. Clients are housed at churches or synagogues throughout Contra Costa County at night, and come to St. Vincent de Paul during daytime hours, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Showers and hot, nutritious meals are provided daily.

SVdP Branches, “Conferences”, (27 locations)

Our community-based service locations, (called Conferences), are located throughout from 27 locations within the county to provide help and support to the needy. The SVdP network of 650 volunteers provides person-to-person assistance to the needy.

SVdP Thrift Stores, (Pittsburg and Pleasant Hill)

Our thrift stores provide free and low-cost clothing, house wares and furniture to the poor. Revenues from our stores provide earned-income support to our other safety-net programs.

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How does your organization impact the LMCHD community? How has it improved over the past 3 years?
St. Vincent de Paul has impacted the LMCHD community in a positive way by providing and expanding safety-net services to the low-income, underserved residents of Pittsburg and Bay Point.

The 4-exam room free medical clinic built and developed by St. Vincent de Paul, The RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, opened 3 years ago, and has expanded service to the LMCHD community each year by providing medical care for the uninsured. Since opening the free clinic in February, 2011, we have provided over 4000 patient visits to the East County and expanded the program each year:

2/9/11-6/30/11: 272 patient visits
2011-2012: 948 patient visits
2012-2013: 1095 patient visits
2013-2014: 1353 patient visits

Over 56% of the clinic patients reside in Pittsburg and Bay Point, providing over 2,240 patient visits for LMCHD district residents.

Additionally, over the past 3 years, the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul has focused our community outreach efforts to the Pittsburg/Bay Point communities, by participating in community health fairs including: Unity in Community-Bay Point, Juneteenth-Pittsburg, African-American Baby Shower-Antioch, African American Health Empowerment Expo-Pittsburg.

The Free Medical Clinic has also expanded hours to open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, as well as expanding access to free specialty care services including Dermatology, ENT, Optometry, Podiatry, and Physical Therapy.

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What do you think members of the community you serve would say is the best thing about your organization?
We’ve asked members of the community, and they resounding respond, “I am uninsured and had nowhere else to turn for medical care!”

Additionally, patients served by the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul have identified the bilingual services of the social worker, and referral to surgical care and special care providers as truly valuable features of the program.

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How can someone reach you if they are in need of services?
To contact the St. Vincent de Paul Family Resource Center, 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg, CA, 94565, please call (925) 439-5060, or visit our website, www.svdp-cc.org

The SVdP Free Dining Room, 1415 Simpson Court, Pittsburg, CA, 94565, is open for lunch every weekday, (Monday-Friday), 11:15 am – 12:30 pm.

To make an appointment at the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, please call Wednesday, (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm), (925) 439-2009. Walk-ins may also be accommodated.




Meals on Wheels & Senior Outreach Services

Meals on Wheels & Senior Outreach Services was asked a number of questions about their organization. Please click on the questions to reveal their answers

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Who is the organization’s CEO or Executive Director? How did you become involved with the organization? How has your background prepared you to lead this organization?
Elaine Clark, Executive Director, joined the agency in March 2012. Before joining Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, Elaine worked with several different non-profit organizations in increasingly responsible roles, and had also befriended several seniors living independently. As time went on, her friends needed more and more care – hospitalizations, friendly visits, help with chores, and hot meal preparation. Through her friends and her connections in the non-profit sphere, she became aware of the many challenges faced by seniors aging in place. Senior services soon became a focus for Elaine.

Elaine brings a strong background in for-profit and non-profit leadership and revenue generation roles, and brings a management, strategic planning, and fundraising. Most recently, Elaine served as Chief Operations Officer for Heather House, the only permanent homeless shelter in Fairfield, serving all of Solano County. Prior to that, Elaine worked for Children’s Network of Solano County, crafting strategic revenue plans. Elaine also started Jerry’s Table, the only food pantry in Suisun, sanctioned by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.

Elaine’s passion for helping people to achieve success however they define success was the driving force behind her involvement with Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. An experienced manager, strategic planner, and fund developer, Elaine has spent her life helping people accomplish their goals – financial independence, independent living, food security, or keeping a roof over their head.

Elaine was recently named to the Board of Directors for National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs.

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Tell us about your organization. Who Are You? What programs or services do you offer?
Our agency began serving seniors in 1968. Five women who were part of a home health agency volunteered their time, meeting daily at a church kitchen, cooking meals, and then delivering them to seniors in need. Since then our programs have grown to encompass a wide range of senior health related issues.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services coordinates care for older adults in Contra Costa County who have a full range of needs. We assess each person fully, and quickly connect them with vital services.

Today we operate six programs that include meal support, socialization, skilled case management, screened home care provider matching, and exercise and specialized fall prevention interventions. This comprehensive range of programs allows us to serve as a single point of contact where seniors and their adult children can turn for help. In addition, the close integration of our operations, which are all located in one facility, enables staff and volunteers who identify needs of their clients to easily refer them for additional services.

All of our services are free to seniors living in Contra Costa County.

  • MEALS ON WHEELS delivers hot, nutritious meals every weekday to homebound seniors who are unable to cook or shop for themselves. The visits also serve as a health and wellness check, and social connection.
  • C.C.CAFES are places for seniors to gather and enjoy social activities and a meal. Our Cafes serve healthy, free or low-cost lunches in six locations across Contra Costa every weekday.
  • FALL PREVENTION helps reduce preventable injuries, loss of independence, costs and deaths associated with falls among seniors and people with disabilities. The program provides group exercise classes and in-home exercise instruction. The program also installs home safety improvements.
  • FRIENDLY VISITORS matches isolated seniors with screened and trained volunteers from the community for weekly visits.
  • HOME CARE REGISTRY offers training and support for unpaid care providers who are usually family members. We also help seniors and their families with finding low-cost, trustworthy, in-home help from capable, screened care providers.
  • GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT provides confidential guidance to help older adults and their families meet long-term care needs. We help seniors learn about and access services that improve their quality of life and maximize independence.

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How does your organization impact the LMCHD community? How has it improved over the past 3 years?
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services serves all of Contra Costa County, including the LMHCD community. In Pittsburg, MOWSOS operates the C.C. Cafés at the Pittsburg Senior Center and the Ambrose Recreation Center, which provide hot, nutritious meals five days a week for seniors, along with opportunities for seniors to socialize and build community. MOWSOS matches Friendly Visitors with seniors in Pittsburg and Bay Point, and provides Care Management to Pittsburg and Bay Point seniors. Our Fall Prevention Program offers Tai Chi classes for seniors at the Ambrose Recreation Center, and works individually with Bay Point and Pittsburg seniors in their homes to install home safety improvements and provide 1-on-1 in-home exercise instruction for frail seniors.

The LMHCD grant funded SOS Rides, which provides free door-through-door transportation for seniors so they can go to their medical appointments, pick up their prescriptions or other errands that enable seniors to stay healthy. Door-through-door means that not only is a senior delivered to the doctor’s appointment, but a volunteer waits at the medical facility during the appointment, and is available to accompany the senior to the exam room if the senior consents. This is an added value as the volunteer can also hear what the doctor is telling the patient about ways to maintain or improve their health. Through the SOS Rides service, more 300 LHMCD community seniors were able to get to their medical appointments in the past 18 months since the service began.

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What do you think members of the community you serve would say is the best thing about your organization?
We have been told repeatedly that our services are literally a lifeline for older adults. Adult children or other relatives living far away are put at ease because they know that with MOWSOS’ services – home delivered meals, SOS Rides, fall prevention, friendly visitors, care management, and more – their loved ones have the support they need to stay in their homes.

As the brother and sister-in-law of one client wrote to us: “MOWSOS has provided its local services to support our sister, in accord with her deep wish to live at home. We live in London and were fortunate to find your agency to arrange the support Charlotte needs. Being separated by a continent and an ocean makes things even more difficult. You provide a vital lifeline of communication. We are very grateful that Charlotte’s ongoing care through MOWSOS leaves us feeling confident and secure from over 5,000 miles away.

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How can someone reach you if they are in need of services?
Seniors or caregivers can call our main number: 925-937-8311. We have someone answering the phone every M-F from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Folks can also go to our website: www.mowsos.org, for information on our services and links to other senior services resources.



East County Midnight Basketball League Programs

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Who is the organization’s CEO or Executive Director? How did you become involved with the organization? How has your background prepared you to lead this organization?
Our Executive Director, Marzel Price was born and bred in the City of Pittsburg. He is a husband and father of 6, this former professional basketball player, traveled the world playing the game he loved dearly, but he has spent the past 16 years in a career that has proven to be even more rewarding than basketball.

Marzel Price was a all-star basketball player in the mid-80s at Pittsburg High School on a team that advanced to the NorCal regional playoffs at the Oakland Coliseum in 1985. Price played two years of junior college ball at Diablo Valley College and Chabot College in Hayward before enrolling at the University of Oregon. Once in Oregon, he discovered a heart condition that prevented him from playing at the University of Oregon, during a time when the sports world was becoming more aware of these types of issues, especially after college basketball star Hank Gathers of Loyola-Marymount died after collapsing during a game in 1990. Ultimately, and with his condition under control, Price found his only chance to play at Huron University in Huron South Dakota, a NAIA district-12 college, where the 6-foot-9 Price took full advantage, while becoming one of the nation's top scorers in 1989-91 and receiving his B.A. in Human Services. Price then took his basketball career abroad to the Middle East, Germany and South America, where he played in 12 countries over a 10 year span.

Marzel took his international education back to Pittsburg and started the East County Midnight Basketball League as a way to try and help keep young people off the streets and out of trouble. "I started the league through the Delta Family YMCA in 1998 as a way to give back to the community I was raised in and to try and help some of the youngsters, especially those considered hard to reach."

With his BA degree in Human Services and endearing personality, kids and young adults took to Price immediately. In addition, he coming from the same streets and community as the youth that he’s reached out to. Through this connection between Price and the community, the program became a success and later expanded to include ECJWB, educational services and crime prevention mechanisms. Price feels those elements are most critical since so many youngsters in this area such as Pittsburg come from low-income families where the father is not present in many cases, crime dominates the landscape, and education is not as critical as basic survival.

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Tell us about your organization. Who Are You? What programs or services do you offer?
East County Midnight Basketball League (ECMBL) provides outreach and support to "at-risk" youth and young adults, ages 16 to 28, while providing a safe, constructive alternative to hanging out in the streets. It is the intent of the East County Midnight Basketball League to evolve and expand the current educational components of the workshops to an educational community outreach project for all participants and/or extended family members.

East County Jr. Warriors Basketball League (ECJWB) is a fun, low pressure way for youth ages 6 to 13 to learn the game of basketball. Everyone plays!!! Every child is given a chance to develop their skills and fall in love with basketball. Kids will have a chance to make new friends, learn teamwork, and develop lasting life-skills.

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How does your organization impact the LMCHD community? How has it improved over the past 3 years?
ECMBL has provided services to approximately 400 to 600 youth and young adults for the past 16 years. We have impacted the LMCHD community with our mandatory educational workshops for participants; experienced an increase in their cardiovascular exercising habits, college/continuation education enrollment, decrease in unemployment within participants, increase awareness and use of community assistance programs, and decrease in domestic violence, youth violence, gang awareness, criminal activity, and youth incarceration.

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What do you think members of the community you serve would say is the best thing about your organization?
We provide youth and young adults with a safe place to go during the high critical crime hours of 7:00 pm and 12 midnight. Providing a positive alternative to the streets where they can be mentored by positive adults and motivated by their peers and be safe from the violence in the streets.

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How can someone reach you if they are in need of services?
We can be reached at (925) 957-8096 or at our website: www.ecmbl.squarespace.com and www.ecjwb.org.



STAND! For Families Free of Violence

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Who is the organization’s CEO or Executive Director? How did you become involved with the organization? How has your background prepared you to lead this organization?
Since 1997, Gloria Sandoval has served as Chief Executive Officer of STAND! For Families Free of Violence, one of the largest family violence agencies in Northern California. Because Gloria overcame domestic violence in her own life, she understands the vital importance of making available a broad range of services to those who have suffered abuse, to children who have witnessed abuse, and to those who have inflicted abuse on others. She understands that violence in the home has a causal relationship to violence in our communities and in the world. Helping to educate others about how to resolve conflict without violence is a subject that is very close to her heart. She has built upon STAND!’s distinguished history of designing, developing and implementing innovative programs and has led our agency to be the recipient of local, statewide and national recognition.

Prior to her work at STAND!, Gloria was the Executive Director of Shanti in San Francisco, providing life-saving services to people with HIV/AIDS. During her tenure she was responsible for restoring community credibility in the agency following a fiscal crisis and for expanding Shanti’s services to include minorities and women, who at that time were contracting the disease in epidemic numbers.

Gloria also served as the Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa and Marin Counties for fifteen years. During this time she expanded the services of the agency to include prevention efforts and clinical services for women and children.

Gloria has been the recipient of many awards honoring her service throughout the years, including the 2005 Connors Family R.O.S.E. Achievement Award, an annual national award that recognizes a woman who has broken the cycle of domestic violence and determined to persevere despite the harsh reality of her transition, and to help others as a result of her experience.

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Tell us about your organization. Who Are You? What programs or services do you offer?
STAND! For Families Free of Violence seeks an end to family violence in all its forms by pursuing both established and innovative solutions to the problem of violence in the home. We envision a world in which violence in the home will occupy a page in the history books, not a segment on the nightly news. We envision a community with strong, stable, and loving families working together to end violence in the home. We envision a world in which children remain innocent of violence, parents never hurt one another, and families come together in times of stress to work out issues positively.

We take a comprehensive approach to ending the cycle of family violence with a focus on family strength and stability and an approach that meets individual where they are. We provide:

  • Crisis intervention services to assure all members of a family affected by violence are safe. We operate an emergency shelter for women and children escaping violence and a 24-hour help line.
  • Treatment programs that help survivors and their children to heal, and teach those who use violence healthier says to respond.
  • Support services that allow women and their children to rebuild their lives, including support groups and a transitional housing program.
  • Education and prevention programs to reduce domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect.
  • Community programs that promote nonviolence, increase awareness of the issues, and catalyze change.

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How does your organization impact the LMCHD community? How has it improved over the past 3 years?
STAND! serves the entire Contra Costa community with comprehensive family violence services. We reach more than 10,000 people each year. We are particularly proud of our partnership with LMCHD to provide an array of services specifically for the LMCHD community. In particular, we have been able to partner with the Pittsburg Health Center to help respond to family violence incidents. Our staff work with service providers there to better identify and respond to cases of domestic violence. In addition, support from LMCHD has allowed us to improve our Emergency Response Team to respond more effectively to crisis calls from the Pittsburg area. The ERT is made up of volunteer and staff domestic violence advocates who are dispatched from our 24/7 Help Line. Our Help Line is available to all residents of the county, who may call with questions or in times of emergency.

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What do you think members of the community you serve would say is the best thing about your organization?
I hope that people will say that we were there when they needed us, with the help they needed and without judgment. Family violence occurs in every neighborhood of Contra Costa County. For example, one in four women will experience relationship violence in her lifetime, and the rate is just about the same for teenagers today in dating relationships. At STAND!, we believe that family violence and the generational trauma it causes are at the root of many of our worst problems – crime, poverty, homelessness, unemployment and high rates of serious mental and physical illnesses can be traced to exposure to family violence. Yet most people remain unaware of the nature and extent of the problem, and those who most need help rarely seek it. Partnering with LMCHD, local service providers like health clinics, with area schools and others helps us end the silence surrounding family violence, re-educate our youth about healthy relationships, and reach those who need us most.

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How can someone reach you if they are in need of services?
The best way to access STAND!’s services is through our 24/7 confidential Help Line at 1-888-215-5555.
We also have a wealth of resources on our website: www.standffov.org.



 

 

 
 
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