Census 2020 Information

  • Easy: Short census questionnaire. Depending on your household, it only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
  • Safe: By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including federal and local law enforcement agencies. Census Bureau workers take an oath to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
  • Important: Census Data helps determine our political representation and funding for local roads, schools, and community improvement. So many programs are dependent on this source of funding!

Please call us at 211 for info, or text your zip code to 898211 to text with us. Here are some helpful links for more information and to sign up for updates. Pledge to be counted!

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What you need to know

Make a plan to #GiveTime in honor of #GivingTuesday!
Your wallet may be feeling a little thin after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday may be, well, too soon, and we get that. If you can still donate after fulfilling all the wish lists, great! We thank you for donating now to help save lives.
But, if you need to wait a bit, just come for a visit to get to know us better. This year, we’re focusing on what’s important to so many of us during the holidays — community.
Come in for a tour on #GivingTuesday and learn more about how the Contra Costa Crisis Center supports so many in the community every day.
AND we have a challenge fund for GivingTuesday, for those of you who can make a donation at this time!

Every $1 donated for the $1000 challenge will have double the impact! Mark your calendar to donate to the Contra Costa Crisis Center on December 3rd, 2019, to maximize your dollar’s impact.

Visit our website and learn more about the Contra Costa Crisis Center and #GivingTuesday.

How Your Donation Helps

  • $25 provides Help Me Grow resources for new parents
  • $55 supports a crisis counselor for one hour answering shelter and resource calls in Contra Costa County
  • $250 provides full day of Mobile Grief Response Team support after a suicide or traumatic death if it strikes an area high school

And remember:

If you, or someone you know, is struggling emotionally or needs assistance with resources, call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 anytime, night or day.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Visits East County First 5 Center to Discuss Early Screening and Intervention with Parents.

We love helping parents and children connect to resources through Help Me Grow and First 5 Contra Costa. The Contra Costa Crisis Center’s 211 information and referral service now has trained developmental specialists available! We help parents navigate to programs and resources their child needs. If you are a parent of children age 0-5, start here with our #HMGCoCo information or call 211.

Last week, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier visited East County First 5 Center to discuss early screening and intervention with parents. To learn more, check out First 5’s post about Help Me Grow and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s visit here .

Rep. DeSaulnier is carrying a bill this year that would significantly increase federal funding for developmental services. As a result, children who need help can be identified sooner and get help faster. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier paints with preschool children in classroom

Help Me Grow focuses on early detection, referral, and treatment for children with developmental or behavioral concerns.

Our free program supports babies, young children, and the people who love them.

Help Me Grow Contra Costa can answer parents’ everyday questions about their children, from ages 0-5.

We also connect families to local resources for free screening of children 0-5 to check how they are growing and developing. Parents and caregivers can call 211 anytime 24/7.

 

We invite you to watch these powerful stories – from actual Crisis Center Grief Program participants- about how they utilized programs of the Crisis Center to help cope with tremendous loss. (CW) The content is very powerful and might illicit a strong emotional response, but there are also powerful messages of hope.

Their stories have this in common – they called the Crisis Center.

If you, or someone you know, needs emotional support, we are here 24/7. Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 to talk with someone.

 

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The day was designated by the U.S. Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event. Come together with other survivors of suicide loss at the #ISoSLD event on November 23, 2019. The Walnut Creek event is from 9am – 12 noon at John Muir Hospital in Ball Auditorium.

View the trailer here https://vimeo.com/370124233

Please join us at our local screening of this film and come together with other survivors of suicide loss. Register or get info here.

Pathways To Healing: Hope after Suicide Loss follows the family and friends of Chris Taddeo, a young adult who died by suicide. Together, they show the individual experiences a community of people can have after a shared loss.  Watch as they move from confusion and denial to isolation and finding support. Through their various approaches to grief and healing, each journey shares a message of hope, connection and resilience.

Come together with other survivors of suicide loss at the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event on November 23, 2019.  The Walnut Creek event is from 9am – 12 noon at John Muir Hospital in Ball Auditorium.

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world. These events bring suicide loss survivors together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience. The Walnut Creek event features an AFSP documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience, and connection.

You can register here or contact Scott Chavez or call 925-939-1916, ext 422 for more information. The International Survivors of Suicide Loss event is free of charge.

Here are some fun paparazzi shots from The Center’s Black & White Gala held on 08/24/19. It was a LOT of fun! One of the best!

Watch the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s film that had its debut at The Gala on 08/24/2019. It may be hard to watch, but you will learn how The Center is changing lives one at a time.

Contra Costa Crisis Center Film

Here is the film that was produced for the Contra Costa Crisis Center. It had its debut on Sat night on 08/24 at a black tie affair. Here is the speech intro that Adam Reeves gave for the film and the reason for creating it. The film can be a bit hard to watch.Speech:My name is Adam Reeves.A little over a year ago, I volunteered to be a part of this great organization.I knew nothing about The Center. I had never even heard of it. So, I made it my mission to get the word out there and tell everyone about the great services The Center provides.I personally volunteer in the call center. The center is staffed 24 / 7 with volunteers and staff that do an amazing job. When that phone rings, you have no idea what you may be dealing with:- a mother who can’t find work or provide food for her family- a young boy who is being picked on and bullied at school and is considering ending his life at the age of only 12- an elderly man who has outlived all his relations and friends and has no one to talk to- a young girl who has run away from her home after being sexually abused by her father since she was eight and thinks it is all her fault- a parent who is afraid their teenager may be considering suicide and they don’t know how to talk to him- a friend who is concerned because his best friend is cutting himself in the next roomEach of the previous scenarios are calls that I personally have handled. There are so many stories that pour in to The Center, and The Center makes a difference!!With the help of my cinematographer, David N. Sachs, we did our best to show you just a small part of what The Center is all about in “Bringing Hope and Light to the Darkness”.You will see some very raw and emotional testimonials, which may be hard to watch, but the main purpose in producing this film was to show how “With Help Comes Hope”. And I hope you will all consider helping us in bringing hope.

Posted by Contra Costa Crisis Center on Friday, August 30, 2019

Come on out to the FREE Orinda Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 8th, at Orinda Community Church. There will be performances from many, including: London-based Cabaret Star Holly Penfield, jazz vocalists Eve Marie Shahoian and Kay Kostopoulos, guitarist/bassist Pato Milo, Ted Parker and The Caldecats, accordionist Patricia Henning, Ed Ivey’s North Beach Brass Band, pianist Leland Thunes, harpist Jack Pantaleo, flutist Nancy Tyler, drummer Jon Weiner, vocalist Alvenson Ikemba, pianist Walter Pope, Captain Didgeridoo, flutist/vocalist Carol Alban, and others.
The show is from 4-6:30 pm and also features a special surprise guest Grammy-winning violinist!

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Contra Costa Crisis Center.
All ages welcome! Free parking. The venue is a 15-minute walk from the Orinda BART station. For more information email Carol Alban at carolalban@aol.com. The Crisis Center is so grateful for the support! Hope to see you there on Sunday, Sept 8th.