2019 Grantees

The Greater Sacramento Service Area has awarded $1,048,172 in community grants to fifteen collaborative proposals across Sacramento, Yolo and Nevada counties for 2019.


In Sacramento County, $851,214 in community grants have been awarded to twelve partnerships: 


  1. Salud Con Dignidad (Health with Dignity): This collaboration will coordinate and provide Know Your Health Rights content to partners to share with community. La Familia Counseling Center will provide culturally competent mental health support services and linkages to many resources throughout Sacramento County including primary and mental health services. La Familia will also host wellness workshops for participants that will include topics of health and nutrition, physical activity, mental health support groups. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) will provide immigration and legal support for identified victims of human trafficking. The IRC will also conduct presentation along with La Familia to identify individuals that may qualify for services. The Sacramento Native American Health Center provides comprehensive health services to anyone regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
    1. Lead Organization: Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
    2. Partners: La Familia Counseling Center, Sacramento Native American Health Center, International Rescue Committee


  2. Food Exploration and School Transformation (FEAST): Through a collaborative effort, FEAST will work to improve school health through school district policy, cooking and nutrition education and tastings, and garden education for students and families. Through the “Vegetable of the Month” program, the objective is to increase vegetable consumption among low-income kids and families by creating a full circle connection in which they can grow their food, consume the produce in the cafeteria and learn to cook or prepare this food during the same month. The partners will also focus on improving compliance with school guidelines to support healthy choices by training and empowering students and families.
    1. Lead Organization: Food Literacy Center
    2. Partners: Soil Born Farms, Health Education Council


  3. Recreate for Health: The program exposes youth to therapeutic activities that betters their physical and mental well-being as well as provides them with practical solutions to eat healthy. The youth are supported through healing circles and self-reflection before, during or after different experiences. Recreate for Health allows youth to be away from different stressors in their neighborhood and provides time to be away from trauma and the violence they may witness or experience in their area. Always Knocking will provide the transportation to and from different locations, which is a vital piece for youth to able to experience the program.
    1. Lead Organization: Always Knocking
    2. Partners: Hooked on Fishing and Bike Lab


  4. Empowering Healthy Living Project: Aimed at give the Southeast Asian Communities such as the Hmong, lu-Mien and Laotian community equal access to living healthy, the collaboration will work to enhance navigation services through the healthcare delivery system. Services include providing translation and education services as well as a centralized location that gives access to healthy food choices, health screenings, fitness and exercise, health education in each ethnic group’s native language, and the development of reading and computer literacy.
    1. Lead Organization: Hmong Youth and Parents United
    2. Partners: Southeast Asian Assistance Center, lu-Mien Community Services


  5. Mercy Pedalers of Oak Park: This program will foster committed outreach to unhoused community members, low-income residents and community partners. Pedalers will be trained to engage with the most vulnerable members of our community and to identify their direct and immediate needs while referring to partnering organizations like Wellspring, Clara's House and/or other partner organizations should those needs be identified.
    1. Lead Organization: Wellspring Women’s Center
    2. Partners: Mercy Pedalers, Clara’s House


  6. Wind Center Collaborative: This program will be offered collaboratively by Wind Youth Services, Waking the Village (WTV) and Lutheran Social Services in partnership with Sacramento Steps Forward's Coordinated Entry System. In addition, the Center is open 24 hours, providing immediate access to a safe place when youth experience a crisis. Wind brings programs including: mental health respite, intensive case management, street outreach, sex education programs, safety-net services and employment services. WTV will have their Creation District program onsite, which offers daily support groups, workshops, and youth leadership programming centered on the arts to address critical issues at the individual and community level, while developing the strengths existing in youth from poverty and homelessness.
    1. Lead Organization: Wind Youth Services
    2. Partners: Waking the Village, Lutheran Social Services

  7. Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program: Through Substance Use Disorder assessments, groups and individual treatment onsite at Genesis and TCORE, the collaborative is working to increase access to treatment services. Genesis will provide space and referrals into the program. HOPE Cooperative (formerly TLCS) will provide training to Genesis mental health staff to assess and screen for substance use disorder needs and readiness for change. The two organizations will work collaboratively with clients to create appropriate treatment planning.WellSpace Health will provide education around all forms of medications assisted treatment (MAT) options including Vivitrol for opioid and alcohol addiction as well as other appropriate medications. When appropriate, HOPE Cooperative staff will refer willing clients to WellSpace Health for this ongoing part of the treatment plan and work collaboratively with the clinic to provide ongoing support to clients during the medication assistance period. Clients requiring a high level of care can be referred to WellSpace Health's Residential Rehabilitation and Medically Monitored Detoxification Center as indicated.
    1. Lead Organization: HOPE Cooperative (Formerly TLCS, Inc.)
    2. Partners: Loaves and Fishes, WellSpace Health and Harm Reduction Services


  8. Education, Response and Access (ERA): This collaborative program directly addresses the challenges communities, individuals, health centers and families are facing as a result of the opioid epidemic. ERA, led by Harm Reduction Services, is a project that was designed in response to the radical increase in opioid use we have seen since 2011 was well as the substantial barriers to care that our region and participants face.
    1. Lead Organization: Harm Reduction Services
    2. Partners: Lighthouse of Hopeful Hearts, Gender Health Center


  9. Dementia Care and Support Navigation: Phase II: This collaboration provides support services for those living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their families/care partners. Program partners work together to help patients, families/care partners understand MCI, Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s, connect to services such as support groups, respite services, care consultations, and home modifications, ultimately helping to improve the continuity of care and building supportive networks.
    1. Lead Organization: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
    2. Partners: Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center. Rebuilding Together, Dignity Health – MMP Geriatrics Division


  10. Healthy Women and Families: The collaborative will provide direct services that reduce the risk of continued exploitation at the Center for Women in Oak Park where participants have their basic needs met, have access to peer-led case management, enroll in benefits, attend educational groups and develop protective and coping skills that will improve their overall well-being.
    1. Lead Organization: Community Against Sexual Harm
    2. Partners: City of Refuge, Chicks in Crisis, Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home


  11. The Employ + Empower Program: Through a creative strategy that leverages the resources of social ventures, the program improves safety from violence and crime for survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth by increasing economic security and self-esteem. The reintegration program coordinates with community organizations to offer a pipeline to trauma-informed employment along with basic needs necessary to maintaining employment such as transportation, childcare, housing and interview/job clothing.
    1. Lead Organization: 3Strands Global Foundation
    2. Partners: Juma Ventures, PRIDE Industries


  12. Bigs with Badges Mentoring Program: This program establishes one-to-one mentoring opportunities between at-risk youth and volunteer mentors of law enforcement. Referrals will be received from Boys & Girls Club and the matches will be made through the Bigs with Badges program. This includes interviewing each child and volunteer, training all volunteers, creating intentional matches based on similarities between volunteer and child and conducting monthly check-ins with each volunteer, child and parent to ensure that the match remains fulfilling and safe. 
    1. Lead Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area
    2. Partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Sacramento Police Foundation

In Yolo County, a $104,000 community grant has been awarded to two collaborative proposals:

  1. Mental health Crisis Prevention and Early Intervention: The program will increase client stability by providing greater access to care to those who experience psychiatric illness and have limited or no support. The benefits include prevention of severe crisis and reduction in hospital recidivism. This collaboration allows for immediate intervention with individuals who may be experiencing suicidal ideation or severe mental health symptoms that would cause them to go to an emergency room and possibly be hospitalized by directly admitting them into residential services, YCCC-Safe Harbor provides crisis residential services for individual experiencing a mental health crisis
    1. Lead Organization: Yolo Community Care Continuum
    2. Partners: Suicide Prevention of Yolo, Davis Community Meals and Housing


  2. Community-Based Palliative Care for Vulnerable Populations: YoloCare will provide community-based palliative care for individuals in Yolo County facing serious, life limiting illnesses. The program provides a safety net that includes wrap-around, interdisciplinary services addressing clients’ medical, social service, spiritual, and medical-related transportation needs.
    1. Lead Organization: Yolo Hospice, Inc. 
    2. Partners: CommuniCare, Fourth and Hope

In Nevada County, a $92,958 community grant has been awarded to one collaborative proposal:


  1. Direct Access to Treatment Pilot Program: This collaboration is taking an innovative approach to increasing access to health care with a focus on substance use disorder treatment, primary care, and housing. Community liaisons and officers utilize a screening, identification, and warm hand-off process to connect homeless/criminally justice involved individuals to healthcare, with dedicated access to residential treatment and post-treatment emergency shelter or transitional housing.
    1. Lead Organization: Community Recovery Resource (CoRR)
    2. Partners: Grass Valley Police Department, Hospitality House