Entries by Dee Dee Robillard

2017 Rosemary Caldwell Award Recipient: Laurie Kozisek

  Rosemary Caldwell was the Crisis Center’s crisis line director from 1974 to 1986 and trained and mentored numerous volunteers and staff during her tenure.  This award, established in her memory, is the only award we bestow. The Crisis Center is excited to announce the 2017 Rosemary Caldwell Volunteer of the Year Award was presented […]

Press Release: 211 Text is now live!

July 2017 For Immediate Release The Contra Costa Crisis Center is excited to announce that the first part of our new texting program has launched.  211 Information and Referral services can now be accessed via text message Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm in English and Spanish.  To access help and services, text your zip code to 898-211 […]

Volunteer Profile: Susan Platt

Susan Platt became interested in volunteering for the Contra Costa Crisis Center 11 years ago when she began her search for a more meaningful and fulfilling life – one that included a charitable component. What was her first impression of the Crisis Center? “It was an intimidating experience because of the huge responsibility I would […]

Rotary’s ‘Unsung Hero’ Awarded to Crisis Center Volunteer

We are excited to share that one of our exceptional volunteers, Luke Keenan, was selected as a 2017 San Ramon Rotary ‘Unsung Hero’ award recipient. Luke has been a dedicated volunteer fulfilling a weekly shift on our crisis and 211 phone lines for the past two years.  Luke was described by his colleagues as thoughtful, […]

The Crisis Center goes green-er…

In the later part of 2016, the Contra Costa Crisis Center adopted smart building technology, enabling a more responsive and efficient energy usage in our 24/7 facility.  Below is a photo of our recent rebate check from the City of Walnut Creek – which has now taken our energy cost savings over $3,600 in our first eight months! Not only […]

Grief and the holidays

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha, Sukkot, Diwali/Deepavali, Halloween, All Saint’s Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, New Years- the months of September-January are filled with a number of annual holidays that can be a very difficult to navigate for those who have lost a loved one. Holidays can be a […]


Never stop listening…

Meeting Melissa today, you might never imagine the challenges she’s faced- two deployments to Iraq, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, self-doubt and plans of suicide. This vibrant, upbeat mother of three made it through some very dark times. She’ll be the first to say, that the things that happen to you do not define you. […]

Coping with grief during the Holidays workshop

The Contra Costa Crisis Center is excited to announce its new Coping with Grief during the Holidays workshop.  Please share as appropriate. Coping with Grief during the Holidays Workshop This workshop is intended for those struggling with grief and bereavement, or individuals supporting a loved one who is grieving. Workshop will cover: How grief can […]

SIDS and the quiet grief: October Candle-lite 2016

 SUDS and SUID Awareness Month October is national Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) awareness month.  Approximately 3,500 infants died unexpectedly in 2014 making SUID the leading cause of death for infants under one year of age. The stories may be different, the acronyms used may be different, but the […]