Staying up to date with current factual information can help ease any anxiety or stress about the situation.

COVID19  information updated regularly in our 211 Database of Contra Costa County resources – click here.

This includes food distribution, site closures, shelter information, tax preparation information, and more. Search resources here! or text your zip code to 898211, call 211 (or 800.833.2900) for 24/7 assistance.

We recommend checking the following for additional information:

  • Contra Costa Health Services is updating a webpage with information here. This page is updated with new information as it becomes available, daily at 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) is updating a robust site with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.
  • Contra Costa County is offering free drive-through testing – if you are experiencing symptoms: fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.  You must call 1-844-421-4084 to be screened before coming for Coronavirus test. Free for all Contra Costa residents, no insurance required! Details here: COVID-19 Community Testing  SPANISH  COVID19 Community Testing English

Please stay home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently, practice self-care, call your physician if you have any symptoms, and stay informed and patient. We are all in this together.

Keep in mind that the outcome desired is to “flatten the curve” of the virus so as not to overwhelm health care systems and facilities.

Help everyone stay calm and healthy.

Call 211 if you have questions. We are here 24/7.

Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 for free and confidential conversation about #Census2020.

Here are some quick answers for FAQ’s re: Census 2020:

    • Easy: The census questionnaire is short. 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. We can confidentially answer any of your questions about Census 2020! Here are some helpful links for more information and to sign up for updates.

Census 2020 California State Website
Census 2020 Contra Costa Website

Pledge to be counted! #CountMeIn

~211 helps in Contra Costa County and all over the USA

Here is more on how we at 211 provide help:

211 provides expert, caring help
–No matter the situation, the specialists at 211 listen and identify underlying problems. Then we connect people in need with resources and services in their community that improve their lives.
211 meets real needs in real time
–In 2018 alone, 211s in the US answered more than 11 million calls and almost 1 million texts, chats and emails, helping millions with life-changing support. There is no other network in the country that has a similar pulse on America’s needs.
211 provides unmatched, critical services
–211 is a vital service leveraged by millions of people across North America. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services and childcare and family services.
Need more information – Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 anytime, day or night. We are here to help!

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!

Census 2020 California State Website
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.