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211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
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For over 20 years, Homes for Kids (HFK) has been matching qualified, caring foster parents with foster infants, toddlers, and children to age 18. HFK works with placement agencies, social workers, therapists, foster parents and biological parents (when indicated) to ensure proper management of each child’s needs. With HFK you will receive the best services and the highest level of support that will enhance the extraordinary experience of foster parenting.
9081 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, FY, HW ]
The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD) hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone affected by the challenges of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to share resources and get support. The Parent Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and Adults with ADHD meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. CONTACT: Judy Brenis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831.684.0590 or visit the web site.
Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. [ CO, HW, PS ]
The After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE program) at El Camino Hospital is designed to provide meaningful and effective treatment for teenage youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other symptoms related to a mental health condition. The program takes a holistic view of the young person’s life situation and encourages participation and education for youth and their families. Emotional wellness is the primary goal of the program. Families are trained to provide a validating and supportive environment. The types of treatment include the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive arts and also dialectical behavioral therapy. Individuals undergoing treatment will learn a language of wellness that is relevant to their needs. Services in the program are in addition to the services of a child-adolescent trained psychiatrist who provides assessment/diagnosis and leadership through active participation in team sessions. Treatment plans, using an interdisciplinary model, include the goals of both the young person and his/her family.
825 Pollard Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA 95032 [ CO, HW, Q ]
Al-Anon is a support group for friends & relatives of alcoholics. Alateen is a support group for teenagers affected by someone’s alcohol/drug abuse. Call for current meeting schedule. On-call members for people who need someone to talk to right away. Spanish classes are available.
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12 Step program and support group for alcoholics and problem drinkers. The only requirement is desire to stop drinking. Bilingual groups at Si Se Puede, Barrios Unidos, Groupo Albarada.
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SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $1,500 to support offering curriculum-based learning opportunities to students through arts workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA artists. The SPECTRA Artist Teacher Partnership (ATP) is a program that unites elementary classroom teachers with mentor artists. Each pair concentrates on one of the major arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts, and work over a 16-week period to design and deliver arts instruction to students in the generalist's classroom. SPECTRA Special Initiatives: The Arts Council applies for government and foundation grants for special educational projects and acts as a conduit between donors and private foundations to re-grant or implement arts education programming in schools. Through Family Arts Nights, parents, grandparents, and children spend an evening with SPECTRA Teaching Artists who are brought into a school to teach families in a variety of arts disciplines. Teaching Artist Directory: A roster of highly qualified professional teaching artists in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts is maintained and updated annually.
1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]
An ongoing, weekly, new mom and infant sharing and support group offered at no charge. Facilitated by an OB nurse and lactation consultant. 763-6015
75 Nielson Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]
The Bay Area Children's Association (BACA) is a evidence-based, multi-disciplinary mental health care facility serving children, adolescents, young adults and their families. BACA offers outpatient services as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). BACA offers a young adult IOP, adolescent IOP and latency-aged IOP.
1175 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 14, San Jose CA 95129; 111 Myrtle Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland CA 94607. [ CO, HW, PS ]
Offers family practice, pediatric service and dental. Accepts most insurance. Sliding scale based on income. 831-426-8232 email@example.com
133 Leibrandt Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW ]
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring program that provides children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In addition to its one-to-one mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers an after school enrichment and mentoring program at two low income housing complexes in south Santa Cruz County (Pajaro Valley Unified School District). There is no fee for service. Bilingual services are available. Phone: 464-8691
1500 41st Ave, Suite 250 Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]
A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18.\r\nAfterschool program hours: M, T,Th,F 2-7pm, W - 12:30-7pm. \r\nTransportation to the club is available afterschool.\r\nSummer program hours: M-F 7:30am - 6:00pm\r\nCost: $81.00 annual membership fee\r\n During the afterschool and summer programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Club members are encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and activities that promote good character, academic success, personal responsibility, exploration and fun. While at the Club, members are placed in age appropriate groups and have scheduled time in each of our program areas, ensuring they receive a fulfilling, well-rounded experience. Activities include homework help & tutoring, computer & technology programs, arts & crafts projects, gym/sports activities,swimming,games-room tournaments and much more!
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 925 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, FY, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]
The Breakaway Academy is a soccer-based academic support program, serving youth in the 7th-12th grades across the Pajaro Valley. Each program day, youth receive soccer training and tutoring. College readiness resources are also provided, and include field trips to college campuses in conjunction with a college soccer games; learning from college-level players, coaches, and academic mentors; and college scholarships. Currently, the Breakaway Academy has a high school program site at Watsonville High on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year, and a middle school program site at Pajaro Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year. A separate Breakaway Summer program is held in June-July at Watsonville High.
Watsonville High School, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, REC ]
Specialized medical services for children under 21, who have serious medical conditions. Must meet the criteria set by the agency. Bilingual services available. 454-2540
County Office, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite 101, Watsonville, CA 95076. Open: 8am - 5pm, M - F, Phone (831) 763-8000 [ HW, LS ]
California Smokers Helpline
Help with quitting smoking. No Fee + Free Phone Call. Open M-F 7 am to 9:30 pm and Sat-Sun 9 am to 5 pm.
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Provides assistance to low income families with children (can include unborn children), including cash aid; employment and training services; and supportive services such as child care, transportation, work expenses and counseling. Bilingual services. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, DC, FN, FY, HW, H, SE ]
Cancer Information Services
Advocacy and information center for the disabled. Helps with access to services, programs, benefits/information, living independently, improvingly access to our communities, info regarding disability rights, housing, etc. Also, will provide interpreter for hearing impaired clients of social services agencies. Voice: (831) 462-8720 • TDD (831) 462-8729 • Fax (831) 462-8727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
41st Avenue, Suite 101 • Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, SPED ]
CACFP is a federally funded nutrition assistance program designed to provide healthful meals to children and adults receiving day care. (831) 688-8840.
236 Santa Cruz Ave. Aptos, CA 95003 [ DC, FN, HW ]
A fellowship of men and women who come together to obtain freedom from addiction to cocaine and other mind-altering substances. Go to their website for specific meeting information.
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12 Step program and support group. Self-help group for individuals who are co-dependent. Call for current meeting schedule.
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Santa Cruz Community Prevention Partners are dedicated to building a diverse community that promotes health and well being, and enhances youth and community safety through sustainable alcohol and drug prevention efforts. Phone (831) 454-5007 Email email@example.com
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Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]
Offering general,couples,family, and group counseling for all ages, and stages of life. Sliding fee scale/Medi-Cal/Medicare. LGBTQ inclusive, open to all. Bilingual receptionist Mon - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz and Soquel. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 & 2901 Park Ave, Suite A3, Soquel, CA 95073 [ CO, HW, PS, Q ]
Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California™ that will take effect January 2014. You will also be able to learn if you qualify for Medi-Cal. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can't be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick.
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Urgent and general care. PPO Insurance Plans and Medicare accepted (NO Medical/Medicaid).
615 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, PLUS OTHERS LOOK AT WEBSITE [ HW ]
Information, referrals, support groups, and other services for youth and adults with disabilities. Services for disabled children in the classroom and at home. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30opm. (831) 684-2166
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, HW, PS, SPED ]
Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.
380 Encinal St #200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SS, SE ]
Ending the Silence is a 50-minute program designed for middle and high school audiences. It is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.
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The FPC provides treatment and supportive services to families who are involved with the Human Services Department Family and Children's Services (HSD/FCS) Division due to parental substance abuse. firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]
FOOD, WHAT?! is a youth empowerment and food justice program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens. We partner with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice issues in our community.
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We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]
Head Start supports school readiness and promotes healthy families through delivery of education, health and social services. Early Head Start (EHS) enrolls low-income families with infants and toddlers. The pre-natal months and the first three years of life are periods of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. (831) 688-3802
225 Westridge Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, CO, FN, HW ]
Assistance and referrals to low cost health coverage program for children and teens that pays for medical, dental, vision, mental health, and alcohol substance abuse services. Bilingual services available. 831-763-8568 (Watsonville) or 831-454-2515 (Santa Cruz)
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Services focus on supporting family caregivers through resources and education. Includes respite care, family consultation, legal consultation, counseling, support groups, and workshops. Services are free or on a low cost sliding scale. Bilingual services available. M-F 9am-5pm. (831) 459-6639
1537 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, FN, HW, LS ]
The Infant Program: 3 months - 18 months. The Toddler Program: 18 months -3 years. The Preschool Program: 3 years -5 years. This program includes three healthy, vegetarian meals daily in each of its programs.
8500 Hwy 9 Ben Lomond, CA 95005, (831) 336-2857 [ DC, FN, HW, PS ]
HIV Resource Drop-In Center – Santa Cruz County
Resource center for HIV/AIDS. One-for-one exchange of syringe and safe injecting equipment. Free, anonymous HIV testing site. 454-4014 (Santa Cruz)
412 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA [ HW ]
HIV Testing Hotline
Free, confidential HIV testing. Information on locations and times. Free or low cost services for HIV positive. This service is part of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. Bilingual services available. 1-800-273-2437
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HPHP works along side homeless adults and youth through case management during times of need or crisis. They offer supplies, information, and referrals to other services. (831) 454-2080
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Mariposa Arts provides after-school arts programs and community workshops for youth that focus on building leadership and social skills and promoting academic success and career development through the arts. The Mariposa Arts TEACH model delivers year-long teacher training coupled with lessons in the arts to high school students. Together with professional Mariposa Arts teaching artists and high school teachers travel to local elementary schools twice weekly to teach. High school students also learn about classroom management, lesson planning, and public speaking; all skills that help them to develop as leaders and to be prepared for the workforce. Mariposa Arts provides high school youth not only the pride and excitement of a paid job, but also a window into the experience of teaching. Elementary school students have high school role models and are able to create art together and learn about themselves. High school students receive stipends for their internship, earn elective credits, and provide service to elementary school sites that are lacking in art and enrichment programs. The internship aspect of the program also provides high school students with the important role of helping to educate, engage, and inspire a younger generation, while simultaneously gaining important work experience. Mariposa Arts has numerous programs including Art TEACH, Mural TEACH, Drama TEACH, Guitar TEACH, African Drum TEACH, and Hip Hop Poetry.
112 East Beach Street, Watsonville, CA : 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]
Health insurance program for low income residents. Covered services include pregnancy and postpartum services, health and dental services, hospital stays, long term care, vision care and payment for medications. Bilingual services. Apply in person, online or by phone. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060;18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ FY, HW, H ]
Monarch provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Monarch also provides prevention education in classrooms and community community settings. Prevention education is geared toward creating awareness around healthy relationships, communication, affirmative consent, being an active bystander, and understanding the dynamics of human trafficking.
233 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1509 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, HW, LS, PS, Q, REC, SS ]
MTNS2SEA partners with schools to provide underserved youth with weekly outdoor adventure outings that focus on leadership skills, goal setting, personal reflection, and environmental awareness. MTNS2SEA's mission is to empower youth using outdoor adventure learning to help them achieve their personal potential. Through outings in the mountains and on the sea, participants will develop a strong foundation for personal health and well-being, expand their understanding of environmental awareness, and gain practical life skills. MTNS2SEA operates during the school year and outings include team building and self-reflection while hiking, sailing, working on environmental stewardship projects, paddling, rock climbing, visiting local environmental historical site visits, and overnight backpacking.
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Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, and counseling and prevention services to students, families, and staff of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). By helping prevent criminal behavior, gang involvement, truancy and school dropout, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, PVPSA improves the quality of life in our community and its schools.
335 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, G, HW, PS, SS ]
PAPÁS is a community-based social justices program raising awareness for social change while engaging in action-oriented activities that lead to progressive social transformation. We are providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services that strengthen family relationships, help fathers/father-figures become more involved with their children, and provide a more positive environment for the children’s social-emotional development. Our mission is to honor and promote fathers and father-figures through advocacy and education to support their role in strengthening family and community relationships. In addition to providing direct services, we actively promotes awareness and education that builds social consciousness around the importance of having father friendly services, social service agencies, and a supportive community. "Kids and dads need each other, have you supported a dad today?"
225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1025 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, CO, G, HW, LS, M, PS, SS ]
This presentation focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families. It has been presented at Teacher In-service, Parent Meetings and Parent/Family meetings. Presentation can be modified to fit time slot. The full presentation is 1.5 hours but we have given a modified version in as little as 45 minutes.
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The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Santa Cruz County who have children ages birth to 16, including children with special needs. Backed by more than 30 years of international research, Triple P provides families with a tool kit of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, sibling rivalry, homework, bullying, bedtime, communicating with teens, and more. Parents and caregivers can get as little or as much parenting support as they'd like from trained Triple P practitioners in a number of organizations throughout the county. Triple P services are available in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County families with children birth-12 (Core Triple P), families with teens (Teen Triple P), and families with children with special needs (Stepping Stones Triple P).
4450 Capitola Rd, Suite 106, Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, PS, SPED ]
The Department Of Child Support Services provides the following services: Establish court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; Locate the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; Maintain accounts of payments paid and past due; Modify court orders when appropriate; Enforce court orders for child, family, and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support. Our services are available to all parents and/or legal guardians, we assist in providing financial assistance for the children in their care through the collection of child support.
420 May Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, PS ]
12 Step12 tradition program of recovery for adults of any sexual orientation and support group. The only qualification to be a member is the desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and live addiction. http://slaasantacruz.org/ 831-218-1762 ext.1: Women Only 831-218-1762 ext.2: Men Only
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Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.
305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030. [ CO, HW, PS ]
Suicide Crisis Line for anyone who is contemplating suicide, is concerned about another person, or is experiencing an emotional crisis. Open to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Available 24/7 at 1-877-663-5433. Educational presentations, service provider trainings, and bereavement support groups for survivors of suicide loss also available by contacting the administrative (business hours only) line at 831-459-9373. Phone Only
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Survivors Healing Center offers group therapy to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Support groups are available for women and men as well as for teenage girls and boys.
104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, HW, PS ]
The Diversity Center
The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center for eating disorders. We specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising. We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, free eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling and transitional living. Our Free Support Groups are open to anyone in the community struggling with an eating disorder, as well as those supporting a loved one who is struggling. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. More information about our free supports groups can be found on our website.
701 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. [ CO, FN, HW, M, PS ]
Tyler House is a residential dual-diagnosis treatment program for teens with drug and alcohol issues. Through daily participation in counseling and structured activities, Tyler House residents learn to understand and address the issues that have contributed to their emotional struggles and substance use. Bilingual counselors and mental health professionals provide support, education and guidance to help teens meet their individual goals to get sober. The program lasts for four to six months and is for teens age 14 - 17. Call (831) 688-6293 x117 for more information.
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The Smith Renaissance Society, a program with many years of success, offers academic and financial support services for independent UC Santa Cruz students. It also provides a strong social network of mentors and peers to help students reach their academic goals. The Smith Renaissance Society reaches out to independent high school and community college students.
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [ A, CO, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SE ]
The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]