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: Gary Edwards
5274 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste 203, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Phone: 831-429-1913; Fax: 831-429-9102
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 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
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. CAB programs include:
CalWORKs Emergency Payment Program (CEPP)
Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County (DWC)
Davenport Resource Service Center (DRSC)
Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP)
The Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
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
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
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.
150 Church St., PO Box 97 Davenport, CA 95017
Phone: 831-425-8115; Fax: 831-425-8156
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.
Director: Sharon Papo
1117 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Mail: PO Box 8280 Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 831-425-5422; Fax: 831-425-0743
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, Senior Outreach, Suicide Prevention Service, I-You Venture, Survivors Healing Center, and WomenCARE.
Director: David Bianchi
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-9444; Fax: 831-423-1532
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: www.greybears.org/about-2/who-we-are/
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.
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.
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 (MHCAN)
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
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
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SCC)
NAMI Santa Cruz County offers practical experience, support, education, comfort and understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and their treatment. In addition, we work with public and private organizations to increase knowledge of effective ways of treating the illnesses while advocating for improved services for individuals with mental illness.
Volunteer President: Carol Williamson
PO Box 360, Santa Cruz , CA 95061
Neighborhood Child Care Center
Neighborhood Child Care Center provides full day, year round quality child care for children ages 2.25 – 5 years of age for parents who work or attend school. NCC also has a bilingual curriculum component.
Director: Lily Hasebe
904 Western Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-423-9073; Fax: 831-423-9073
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
People Who Net, Inc.
Director: Sylvia Caras
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)
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.
Executive Director: María Cadenas
PO Box 1877
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
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 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
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 Brandin
413 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-458-9766; Fax: 831-426-6233
Our mission is to promote volunteerism throughout the community and to maintain a wide variety of volunteer opportunities which take into account the special needs and interests of all segments of the population, thus enabling all people, regardless of age, race, physical ability or other special circumstances, to share their skills and time in order to extend needed services in Santa Cruz County.
Executive Director: Karen Delaney
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070; Fax: 831-423-6267
Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center
Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) provides support and services so that women, children, and families will have the opportunities and skills to thrive. Walnut Avenue is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County. Strengths-based, supportive programs in childcare, youth development, parenting, domestic violence awareness & prevention, and advocacy are our primary focus. Many of the families participating in Walnut Avenue programs are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and/or domestic violence. Walnut Avenue seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of all the families we serve.
Executive Director: Julie Macecevic
303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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
WIC / Community Bridges
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