Above The Line
Above The Line operates a nine-bed, therapeutic group home for teen girls; two foster care programs for children ages 3-18; and a collaborative, on-site, alternative, all-girls high school.
Executive Director: Suzanne Stone
2617 Freedom Blvd., Corralitos, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-3077; Fax: 831-724-7642
Advocacy, Inc. (Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Patients’ Rights Advocate Program). A two program nonprofit agency providing rights protection and advocacy to residents of skilled nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly and all mental health consumers in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
Director: Kathleen Johnson
5274 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste 203, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Phone: 831-429-1913; Fax: 831-429-9102
We are a non-profit that serves Santa Cruz and San Benito families who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, a related memory loss, or have memory concerns. We offer weekly support groups, educational workshops, an annual Memory Walk and Education conference, one-on-one family consultation, and a web site with local resources and articles. Also, we are the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s related research.
24/7 information and support line: 1-800-272-3900
Executive Director: Dale Thielges
1777-A Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Live Oak Senior Services Building)
Phone: 831-464-9982, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters
provides One To One mentoring services to at-risk youth throughout Santa Cruz County. Children are matched with carefully screened and trained adult volunteers who offer guidance, friendship, and positive role modeling. Also provides an after school enrichment and mentoring program in south Santa Cruz County.
Director: Marie Cubillas
1500 41st Ave., Suite 250, Capitola, CA 95010
Phone: 831-464-8691; Fax: 831-464-8693
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz
The Boys & Girls Club is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6 to 18. Our 20,000 square foot facility in downtown Santa Cruz is open to all youth and offers a variety of programs and services. The Club’s facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, music recording studio, computer lab, arts, crafts, wood shop, games room, garden, and much more at an affordable annual membership.
Executive Director: Bob Langseth
543 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-3138 x21
Cabrillo College Stroke and Acquired Disability Learning Center
is an educational program offering small group activities in mobility, communication, applied problem-solving and counseling for adults who are learning to live with functional loss and disability after stroke and other health challenges. Affiliated with Cabrillo’s Disabled Students Programs and Services, individuals enroll in the college to attend.
Director: Cynthia FitzGerald PhD
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
California Rural Legal Assistance
CRLA strives for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California’s rural poor.
Executive Director: Gretchen Rengenhardt
21 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-2253 x309
Campus Kids Connection
has been providing quality before and after school care in Santa Cruz County for over 35 years. We provide care to a diverse group of children and families in preschool through fifth grade.
Executive Director: Barbara Griffin
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 109, Capitola, CA 95010
Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL)
is an advocacy and information center organized by and for people with disabilities that strives to make our communities more accessible and to empower people with disabilities with information and skills to live fulfilling lives in our communities.
Director: Elsa Quezada
1350 41st Ave., Suite 101, Capitola, CA 95010
Phone: 831-462-8720; Fax: 831-462-8727
318 Cayuga St., Suite 208, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-757-2968; Fax: 831-757-5549
Child and Family Development Programs (Encompass Community Services) provides an array of programs serving low-income children, ages birth to five, pregnant women and their families. Programs include: Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-Kindergarten, Starlight Infant/Toddler Program, Families Together and PAPÁS/Father Involvement.
Director: Cynthia Sloane
408 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-2885; Fax: 831-724-3534
Child Care Food Program/Community Bridges
CACFP is a federally funded nutrition assistance program designed to provide healthful meals to children and adults receiving day care. Our services play a vital role in improving the quality of day care by providing reimbursements for meals, making childcare more affordable. We also offer training and ongoing technical assistance to day care providers to ensure that all children ages 0-12 years who attend licensed daycare, receive nutritious well-balanced meals. We work with families and daycare providers to help create the nutritional foundation for good health.
Director: Myriam Scally MPHTM
236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-688-8840 x290; Fax: 831-479-8465
Child Development Division/Community Bridges
We provide young children with educational environments, in partnership with families and the community. Our quality childcare program has a sliding scale fee. We offer subsidized care for families who qualify.
Sycamore St. Child Development Center
Serving children ages 3-5 years
121 Sycamore Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Nuevo Dia Child Development Center
Serving children ages 3-5 years
135 Liebrandt Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Vista Verde Child Development Center
Serving children ages 3-5 years
1940 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, CA 95076
Redwood Mountain Child Development Center
Serving children ages 3-5 years
7103A Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Fairground Child Development Center
2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076
Highlands Park Child Development Center
P.O. Box 135, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Phone: 831-336-2857; Fax: 831-336-3860
Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition
CHPCC listens to, partners with, and works together for children with serious illnesses and all those who care for them. We believe that all children with life-threatening conditions should have access to the care and emotional support they need to live life as fully as possible
Director: Devon Dabbs
Deputy Director: Jennifer Ramirez
65 Nielson Street, Ste., 108 Watsonville, CA 95076
Coastal Kids Home Care
Coastal Kids Home Care works to improve the quality of life for children facing life’s end, those living with prolonged, serious illness, chronic or developmental conditions, or short-term injury. Through our signature “Clinic on Wheels” programming, we provide in-home medical care and therapeutic support to medically fragile children, as well as social services to their families. Our services are available to any child (newborn through age 21) living in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties. The majority of the families we serve–75%–live at or below the federal poverty line.
Executive Director: Margy Mayfield, RN, BSN
590 Brunken Ave, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 800-214-5439 Fax 831-796-0334
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County
Founded in 1965, CAB conducts, administers and coordinates community programs to combat poverty and the causes of poverty. The 7 CAB programs are:
CalWORKs Emergency Payment Program
Community Restoration Project/Women Ventures Project
Day Worker Center
Davenport Resource Service Center
Santa Cruz County Immigration Project
The Shelter Project
Director: Maria Elena De La Garza
406 Main Street, Suite 207,Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-763-2147 Ext 203; Fax: 831-724-3447
One of the largest human service providers in Santa Cruz County, the Community Bridges family of programs has been serving local children, families and seniors since 1976. Our range of services include parent education, community building, transportation for disabled and elderly, nutrition education and food coupons, home-delivered meals for seniors, quality childcare and more. Our programs include: Beach Flats Community Center, Meals on Wheels, Lift Line, Live Oak Family Resource Center, La Manzana Community Resources, WIC, Child & Adult Care Food Program, and our five Child Development Centers.
CEO: Ray Cancino
236 Santa Cruz Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-688-8840 x201; Fax: 831-688-8302
Community Recovery Services (Encompass Community Services) provides counseling, prevention and intervention services for chemically dependent individuals, countywide, in outpatient (ALTO) and residential treatment settings (Sí Se Puede, , Santa Cruz Residential Recovery).
Intern Director: Ann Pomper
716 Ocean StreetSanta Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-2003; Fax: 831-459-6504
Community Restoration Project/Women Ventures Project (Community Action Board)
provides training, workforce preparation, job referral and case management for at-risk and adjudicated youth and adults as well as for non-traditional careers for women.
Program Director: Erin Nelson-Serrano
406 Main Street, Suite 221, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-763-2147 x 208; Fax: 831-724-3447
Website: www.cabinc.org/crp and www.cabinc.org/wvp
Community Support Services (Encompass Community Services) provides services to adults with psychiatric disabilities, co-occurring chemical dependency, and also foster and former foster youth. Services include: emergency shelter, dual diagnosis residential treatment, crisis residential treatment, outpatient crisis support, money management, permanent supported affordable housing, peer support, and independent living services and transitional housing for foster youth.
Director: Inbal Yassur 542 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-459-0444; Fax: 831-459-0665
Conflict Resolution Center (CRC)
CRC provides affordable, accessible mediation for neighborhood, family, workplace, and landlord-tenant disputes. Through our partnership with the County, we offer small claims court mediations and facilitate dialogues between juvenile and adult offenders and the people impacted by their offense. We also provide training in conflict resolution and mediation skills and facilitate meetings around community concerns.
Executive Director: Shauna Mora
Conflict Resolution Center
1414 Soquel Ave. Suite 218 Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
CASA is a child’s voice in dependency court, providing advocacy, stability and hope to children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Volunteers are trained to be Advocates for children in foster care, ensuring that their child’s emotional, health and educational needs are met until that he or she is reunited with their family or finds a loving, permanent home.
Executive Director: Cynthia Druley
813 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-761-2956; Fax: 831-761-2913
Davenport Resource Center (Community Action Board)
is a multiservice community center providing outreach, transportation, information and referral, translation, form assistance, food distribution, senior and children’s services, a Teen Center and other assistance.
Program Director: Stephanie Flores Boyd
150 Church St., PO Box 97 Davenport, CA 95017
Phone: 831-425-8115; Fax: 831-425-8156
Defensa de Mujeres/Women’s Crisis Support
Director: Laura Gallardo
233 East Lake Ave., Suite 326, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-4532; Fax: 831-722-4990
Dientes Community Dental Care
Dientes is unique, in that we are one of the few full service non-profit dental clinics in the state. We generally are able to provide the full range of dental services, with the exception of dental implants, and we primarily serve low-income residents who possess public health insurance (Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids), as well as those who are uninsured. Dientes is committed to providing high-quality dental care to the underserved members of Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities, because we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile.
Executive Director: Laura C. Marcus
1830 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: 831-464-5420, Cell: 831-252-0120; Fax: 831-464-5416
The Diversity Center
We exist to educate, enlighten, inform, initiate and facilitate a better understanding for ourselves and our allies of what it means to be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Interim Director: Jim Brown
1117 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Mail: PO Box 8280 Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 831-425-5422; Fax: 831-425-0743
Emeline Preschool Center
Emeline Preschool Center provides childcare for children ages 2-5 years, M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
Director: Laura Jacobs
1030 Emeline Ave., Building O, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Encompass Community Services (Formally Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center)
Encompass Community Services has been “Changing Lives, Building Community” since 1973. We serve over 8,000 people annually through four divisions:
Community Recovery Services provides counseling, prevention and intervention services for chemically dependent individuals in outpatient and residential treatment settings.
Child and Family Development Programs provides an array of programs serving low-income children, ages birth to 5, pregnant women and their families, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-Kindergarten, Infant/Toddler Program, Families Together and PAPÁS.
Community Support Services provides housing, treatment, case coordination and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers, transition-age foster youth, and individuals with HIV/AIDS.
Youth Services offers a comprehensive range of counseling and prevention services to adolescents and families throughout the county. Services include: crisis counseling; substance abuse education; intervention and treatment; individual, family, and group counseling; delinquency prevention/diversion services; emergency placement for foster care youth; community outreach and collaboration.
Executive Director: Monica Martinez
195 Harvey West Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-469-1700 x115; Fax: 831-425-1905
Familia Center/Community Bridges
A family resource center in Santa Cruz providing advocacy, youth and food programs.
Director: Yolanda Henry
711 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-5747; Fax: 831-423-5922
Families in Transition
Provides opportunities for housing, money management and social service support for homeless and at-risk families with children throughout Santa Cruz County.
Director: Melisa Vierra
15 East Beach St., Suite 201, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-728-9791; Fax: 831-728-9793
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
Provides counseling, crisis, education and outreach services through our programs: Counseling Services, First Step, Senior Outreach, Suicide Prevention Service, I-You Venture, Renaissance, Survivors Healing Center, and Continuing Education.
Director: David Bianchi
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-9444; Fax: 831-423-1532
Front St. Housing
Front St. Housing provides a variety of housing opportunities and supportive services for individuals with severe mental illness.
President: Richard Nanas
Board Members: Ann Butler
2115 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062
Phone: 831-420-0120; Fax: 831-420-0136
Grey Bears’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of seniors through volunteerism and community participation. Our brown bag program delivers shopping bags of healthy groceries to 4,500 seniors age 55+ each week in Santa Cruz and North Monterey Counties. Since 1973 Grey Bears has delivered 85 million pounds of food with the help of thousands of volunteers. Reuse, Repair, Re-purpose, Recycle–Grey Bears operates two recycling centers, a thrift store, computer electronics store, composting, Repair Cafés, and offers classes and annual events attended by more than 4,000 seniors.
Executive Director: Tim Brattan
2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: 831-479-1055; Fax: 831-479-8465
Be The Difference Award video: http://www.greybears.org/about-2/who-we-are/
Health Projects Center
Health Projects Center exists to meet the special and emerging health needs of family caregivers and the health professionals who serve them. Health Project Center sponsors the Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center, serving family caregivers of people with brain impairments.
Executive Director: John Beleutz, MPH
1537 Pacific Ave., Suite 300, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-459-6639; Fax: 831-459-8138
Websites: www.hpcn.org; www.delmarcaregiver.org
Homeless Services Center
HSC provides both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals and families in Santa Cruz County.
Executive Director: position open
115 Coral, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-458-6020; Fax: 831-458-6023
Homeless Garden Project
provides job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless in Santa Cruz County. The training and employment programs take place in an organic farm and related enterprises.
Director of Programs: Darrie Ganzhorn
P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 831-426-3609; Fax: 831-423-8026
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
For more than 32 years, Hospice of Santa Cruz County has provided professional, compassionate care recognizing that individuals and families are the guiding force in their own end-of-life experience. The only non-profit hospice serving Santa Cruz and northern Monterey counties, we offer home and facility-based hospice, transitional care, end-of-life education, and grief support services.
Director: Michael Milward
940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Phone: 831-430-3000; Fax: 831-430-9272
Janus of Santa Cruz
For more than thirty years, Janus has provided compassionate and effective substance abuse treatment while guiding clients’ journeys toward wellness and recovery. We offer help, hope and results to individuals and families in need of alcoholism rehabilitation, drug detoxification and opiate addiction treatment. Janus provides a variety of alcohol and drug rehab options designed for individual needs, from Outpatient Services and Short-term Detox to Extended Residential Intensives and ongoing medical treatment for opiate addiction at the Janus Community Clinic. Our Perinatal Program offers both residential and day programs for drug and alcohol dependent pregnant women and new mothers. And our Sober Living Environments provide short-term as well as long-term stays. Janus also operates two popular DUI programs.
Executive Director: Rod Libbey
200 7th Ave., Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA. 95062
Phone: 831-462-1060; Fax: 831-462-4970
La Manzana Community Resources/Community Bridges
We are a bilingual, bicultural community resource center serving mostly low-income residents of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley. La Manzana Community Resources connects people and services. Our activities respect all cultures and support families in creating a strong, safe, and healthy community.
Director: Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa
18 W. Lake, Suite E, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-2997; Fax: 831-724-2915
Lift Line/Community Bridges
Lift Line is committed to broadening opportunities for all individuals by providing and coordinating the most accessible transportation possible. Lift Line has been providing the Santa Cruz County community with daily accessible transportation for over 20 years. We provide county residents who are disabled, elderly or frail with over 30,000 rides per year. In need of low-cost transportation, but can’t take the bus due to a disability or frailty? You may qualify for Lift Line. Our fleet of vehicles provide comfortable trips for eligible riders who are ambulatory or use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Our professional drivers offer door-to-door assistance from origin to destination. Escorts, Personal Care Attendants and a limited number of traveling companions are welcomed.
Director: Kirk Ance
236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-688-8840 x238; Fax: 831-688-8302
Live Oak Family Resource Center/Community Bridges
Our center helps to strengthen families living in the greater Live Oak area through Parent Education, Home Visiting, Information & Referral, Youth programs and Civic Engagement services.
Program Director: Kate Hinnenkamp
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-476-7284 x105; Fax: 831-476-2769
Meals On Wheels/Community Bridges
Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County enhances the lives of older adults by offering quality meals and caring human contact. A home-delivered meal and friendly visit help support independence for vulnerable elders and disabled residents. Additionally, four senior dining centers located in Live Oak, Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz and Watsonville offer a daily nutritious meal to adults 60 years of age or older.
Director: Lisa Berkowitz
1777 Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-464-3180 x15; Fax: 831-464-1633
Mental Health Client Action Network
Mental Health Client Action Network provides safe drop-in activities, computers, and peer support groups for adults with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Executive Director: Sarah Leonard
1051 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-469-0462 ; Fax: 831-469-9160
Monarch Services (formerly Women’s Crisis Support-Defensa de Mujeres)
Director: Laura Segura
1685 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
233 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-4532; 425-4030
Mountain Community Resources/Community Bridges
is a centralized gathering of services, experienced professionals and volunteers offering referrals, personalized support and emergency services to all segments of the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley communities.
Director: Jennifer Anderson-Bahr
P.O. Box 105, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Phone: 831-335-6600; Fax: 831-335-8223
Neighborhood Child Care Center
Director: Lily Hasebe
904 Western Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-9073; Fax: 831-423-9073
New Life Community Center
Director: Steve Stiles
707 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-427-1007; Fax: 831-454-0545
O’Neill Sea Odyssey
O’Neill— O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) engages 4th – 6th grade youth with science education programming on a 65-foot catamaran sailing Monterey Bay, and in a shore-side education center. The program is free, and each class completes a community service project. OSO also provides standards-aligned science curriculum for use in school classrooms. Our mission is to provide a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. OSO was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997; in December 2004 the program received the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in Children’s Environmental Education and in May 2005 US Senator Barbara Boxer awarded OSO her statewide Environmental Champion award. In August 2009 OSO’s Adam Webster Memorial Fund received the Special Parents Information Network’s “Community Spinners” Award for its work with special needs youth. Over 60,000 youth have been served.
Director: Dan Haifley
2222 East Cliff Dr., Suite 222, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-465-9390; Fax: 831-425-0959
Pajaro Valley Children’s Center
Director: Rosa Mendoza
234 Montecito Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-3737; Fax: 831-722-3737
The Parents Center is a low-cost counseling center focusing on the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
Director: Celia Goeckermann
530 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-426-7322; Fax: 831-426-2803
Planned Parenthood, Mar Monte
Full service community clinics provide reproductive health care for women and men, plus primary family health care for people of all ages.
Overall Administrative questions:
Renee Ricci, Area Services Director Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties
Site/Clinic specific contacts:
Clinica Mariposa/Watsonville Clinic
398 South Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
Pam Conelly, Center Manager
Westside Clinic/Santa Cruz
1119 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Debbi John Waller Center Manager
Project SCOUT (Seniors Council)
Project SCOUT volunteers provide free tax assistance to elderly and low-income residents of Santa Cruz County.
Program Coordinator: Jan Shirchild
Phone: 831-724-2606 or toll-free 1-877-373-8297(FRE-TAXS)
Salud Para la Gente
is the largest of the safety net clinics operating in Santa Cruz County. Founded in 1978 as a storefront clinic serving farm workers, in 2012, Salud provided high quality primary care to over 25,000 individuals in over 120,000 patient visits. We specialize in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, vision, and dental care. Salud currently has 21 clinic sites in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, including school based health centers, and is headquartered in Watsonville, CA.
Director of Special Projects: Dan Sedenquist
195 Aviation Way, Suite 200 Watsonville, CA 95076
San Lorenzo Valley Senior Center
Promotes and provides opportunities for education, recreation and social services, and to promote the good and public interest of the community.
Director: Pattie Smith
P.O. Box 136, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Phone: 831-336-8900; Fax: 831-336-2188
Santa Cruz AIDS Project (Encompass Community Services)
The Santa Cruz AIDS Project provides compassionate care, advocacy, support and HIV prevention education to those infected and affected by HIV.
Interim Executive Director: Patricia Castagnola
P.O. Box 557, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 831-427-3900; Fax: 831-427-0398
Santa Cruz Community Ventures (SCCV)
the nonprofit affiliate of Santa Cruz Community Credit Union (SCCCU), provides individuals with the resources they need to achieve lasting economic security through financial education, matched savings accounts, free tax preparation, and technical assistance. Through its affiliation with the Credit Union, SCCV is uniquely positioned to provide effective tools for increasing long-term financial security, furthering our joint mission of promoting economic justice.
PO Box 1877
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Website: click here
Santa Cruz County Immigration Project – SCCIP (Community Action Board) provides immigration legal services including naturalization, appeals, waivers, information and referral, outreach, and community education and advocacy for persons legalizing under IRCA and related immigration programs.
Director: Douglas Keegan
406 Main St., #217, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-5667; Fax: 831-724-3447
Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center
provides full day, year-round quality child care and parent education for children ages 1-3 years and their parents who work or attend school.
Director: Sandy Davie
1738 16th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-476-4120; Fax: 831-476-4277
Senior Citizens Legal Services
provides legal assistance to help poor, frail and minority seniors obtain or preserve critical medical services, housing, food, income and freedom from abuse.
Director: Creighton Mendivil
501 Soquel Ave., #F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-426-8824; Fax: 831-426-3345
Senior Network Services
A multipurpose senior community resource agency providing information and assistance, case management, in-home help, shared housing, employment services, respite registry, health insurance counseling, and money management.
Director: Brenda Moss
1777-A Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-462-1433; Fax: 831-476-4396
maximizes the quality of life and independence of seniors by operating direct services, providing funding for non-profit agencies serving seniors, and by advocating for and providing leadership in the development of community-based systems of care.
Director: Clay Kempf
234 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-688-0400 x15; Fax: 831-688-1225
Shelter Project (Community Action Board)
provides short-term motel vouchers for homeless persons with medical emergencies by referral from a medical provider, and eviction prevention (rent assistance).
Shelter Project Program Coordinator: Norma Sanchez
501 Soquel Ave., #E, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 and
406 Main Street, Suite 220, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-457-1741 x130; Fax: 831-457-0617
Suicide Prevention Service/Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
Director: Diane Brice
P.O. Box 1222, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1222
Phone: 831-459-9373; Fax: 831-459-6617
Survivors Healing Center/Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
For twenty years, SHC has been serving Santa Cruz County, and is the only organization dedicated to the issues of child sexual abuse. SHC provides intensive therapy groups for youth and adult survivors and delivers community training and education programs in prevention and early intervention. SHC also sponsors community events: the annual Art of Healing in Santa Cruz, the annual Walk To Stop The Silence in Watsonville, and a Latina speaker series.
Executive Director: David Bianchi
104 Walnut Avenue, Ste 201, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-7601; Fax: 831-469-8615
Valley Churches United Missions
Our Mission: Valley churches United Missions is a coalition of community and church volunteers coming together to perform humanitarian acts by providing direct aid assistance in the form of food and emergency rent and utilities to San Lorenzo Valley & Scotts Valley residents in their time of crisis.
Operates the following programs:
1.) Emergency Food Pantry & Food for Children Distribution
2.) USDA Distribution – 4th Monday of each month
3.) Senior Programs & Grey Bear Distributions – Fridays 9:00-11:00am
4.) Education Programs – Backpacks, School Supplies, camp Sponsors
5.) Holiday Projects – Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas
6.) Disaster Relief – Immediate aid & referrals for disaster victims
Director & Founder: Annette Marcum
Operations Director: Linda S. Lovelace
9400 Highway 9, P.O. Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Phone: 831-336-8258 x221
Vista Center Santa Cruz
Vista Center (formerly Doran Center) provides services and equipment to the visually impaired and blind community in Santa Cruz County.
Director: Pam Brandon
413 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-458-9766; Fax: 831-426-6233
Executive Director: Karen Delaney
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070; Fax: 831-423-6267
WomenCARE/Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
provides advocacy, resources, education and support to women with all types of cancer (as well as to their families, friends and health practitioners) at all stages of their journey. Emotional support groups include: weekly drop-in, weekly Arm-in-Arm (Advanced/Recurrent/Metastatic), and Friends and Family. Also included is SOS (Sisters Offering Support), one-on-one peer support by trained volunteers. We have a support group for Spanish-speaking women, Entre Nosotras, in Watsonville. Our healing circles include: Complementary treatment, Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Imagery, Writing Circle, Singing, and Art for Healing. We also offer practical support, such as transportation, housecleaning, and light meal preparation, as well as an on-site lending library. All of our services are free.
Administrative Director: Janette Waters
2901 Park Avenue, Suite A1, Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: 831-457-2273; Fax: 831-457-2278
Women’s Health Center
The Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center is a non-profit, community-based clinic that provides affordable and quality medical services to women and children. At our health center, you can enjoy the warm, personal environment of a private practice with the benefits of a clinic setting.
Executive Director: Leslie Conner
250 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
provides easy access to a safe, family-friendly, and participant centered program that provides education to promote good nutrition, health and breastfeeding in a respectful and culturally-competent manner. What You Can Get at WIC: Special checks to buy healthy foods at local grocery stores and farmer’s markets; Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy; Support and information about breastfeeding your baby; Help in finding health care and other community services.
Director: Cathy Cavanaugh
18-A W. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-7949; Fax: 831-722-8532
YMCA – Watsonville Family YMCA
The Y strengthens community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We nurture human potential, improve health and well-being, and help people give back to their community.
Center Director: Robert Wollenzien
27 Sudden St., Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-728-9622; Fax: 831-728-3422
Youth Services (Encompass Community Services) offers a comprehensive range of counseling and prevention services to adolescents and families throughout the county. Services include: crisis counseling; substance abuse education; intervention and treatment; individual, family and group counseling; delinquency prevention/diversion services; emergency placement for foster care youth; community outreach and collaboration. Programs include: Tyler House and Crossroads group homes, STRANGE services for queer youth, YES (in Santa Cruz) and Escuela Quetzal (in Watsonville), and school-site based counseling programs, Director: Bill McCabe
241 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076; 709 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Watsonville Phone: 831- 688-8856; Fax: 831-728-3629
Santa Cruz Phone: 831-429-8350; Fax 831-425-1526