– and the Crisis Center will be one of the beneficiaries!

Lafayette Juniors will host their 19th Annual Kitchen Tour on Saturday, May 19th, from 10am to 3pm. This year’s Tour benefits our organization as well as four other local non-profits dedicated to helping women, families, and individuals in need. It’s a special chance to see six beautiful Lafayette homes for a great cause, with masterfully designed modern, elegant, and awe-inspiring kitchens.  Tour tickets are $50 ($45 tax deductible). You can purchase tickets online at www.lafayettejuniors.org.

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, curious, and resourceful while dealing with a rage of caller crises and needs.  Click here to learn more about the San Ramon Rotary’s ‘Unsung Hero’ recipients.


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. How you get through them makes the difference.

Her hardest lesson came from learning that healing is a journey that requires the strength of vulnerability and honesty, accepting support rather than bare-knuckled courage alone. During her time in Iraq, her Army unit was hit in a mortar attack and she and others were injured. The blast threw Melissa into the air, landing her on her head. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury disorder that required months of speech/language therapy to regain her full range of communication skills. It was during that period that Melissa suffered sexual trauma. “Life in Iraq has its own everyday stressors. Adding trauma on top of that makes it very difficult.”

As a young, single-mother, Melissa left her toddler in the care of her own mom, so Melissa could fulfill her military obligation in Iraq. Melissa stayed in close contact with both her mother and thanks to technology, a dear friend stateside. All of them, sharing stories of Melissa’s daughter’s growth, swapping photos and simply staying in touch, kept the connection strong. Melissa and her friend Skyped regularly, at the same time of each day, until the day Melissa refused to answer. Feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, Melissa made up her mind that this would be the day she would end her life. The Skype ringtone sounded and Melissa let it ring. “I remember, my friend continued to call me back. She just kept calling…Finally, I felt so annoyed by that Skype ringtone that I answered. She talked me through it – that day, and the many days that followed.”

Melissa is an Army vet, with 10 years of active duty and today holds a position as a dedicated public servant in our community. She is alive and well, available for her family because her friend wouldn’t stop calling, and never stopped listening.

Our crisis counselors are here providing help and hope 24/7 for 63,000 callers like Melissa each year. Your generous donation today supports our entire community all year long.

We answer every call and we never stop listening.

With gratitude,

Rhonda James, MA, LMFT

Executive Director

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 impact your mood, activities, and motivation.
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult situations.
  • Explore ways to honor your loved one.
  • Navigate the range of participation that feels manageable.
  • Develop coping skills to carry you through the winter holiday season.

Space is Limited & Registration is required.

Tuesday November 22nd 7-9pm  or Saturday December 10th 10am-12pm

Workshops are open to 18+, are offered free of charge and confidential

To reserve your space today, call 800-837-1818, option 5 or email grief@crisis-center.org

Workshops are facilitated or co-facilitated by MFT, or MSW Registered Interns and supervised by licensed LMFT or LCSW.  LMFT Lic.# 22269, LMFT Lic. #16350, LCSW Lic. #8300, MFTI 83894

Columnist Faith Barnidge highlights the upcoming Corporate Caring Volunteer Week in her Good Neighbors column this week (excerpt below).

For the full article, click here.


Elaine Clark, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, front row from left, awarded the Ray Zenoni Volunteer of the Year Award to the Wells Fargo volunteer teams led by Wells Fargo Bank vice president Darlene Campbell and Jennifer Lopez, with, second row, from left, Carole Schultze, Kathy Sutton, Mona Aviles, Debbie Goodenough, Gayle McKinley, George Kanto, Nancy Carrell, Mary Gerach-Levenesque and Maria Andrews, and top row, from left, Rita Nyulassy, Kent Tambazidis, Linda Fuller, Dave Brown, Shirley Pettit and Paula Lloyd.


By Faith Barnidge, Columnist

The Contra Costa Crisis Center provides support and safety net resources for individuals and families in stress in Contra Costa with a 24-hour crisis line, crisis-response training, face-to-face grief counseling, homeless services, and a 211 information and referral program to keep people alive and safe.

Crisis resources are available for residents for issues concerning suicide, alcohol abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, elder abuse and mental illness.

The Crisis Center has expanded its mission to assume management of the Corporate Caring Volunteer Week from Sept. 19-24, an annual week of service where committed, corporate volunteers from Bay Area businesses are matched with local nonprofits.

Management of the event was previously supported by the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, a nonprofit organization that sadly ceased operation at the end of May.

Corporate volunteer teams may select and register for projects that have been submitted by nonprofit organizations through Aug. 23, and expect confirmation by Sept. 1.

Projects vary in size and scope and could require a few to dozens of volunteers, so businesses of all sizes are welcome to participate.

For volunteer program inquiries, contact Dee Dee Robillard at CorporateCaringVolunteerWeek@crisis-center.org or 925-939-1916.

For more information about the Contra Costa Crisis Center, visit cccrisiscenter.staging.wpengine.com.






This year’s Hearts of Gold Gala will celebrate the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s 50th anniversary of service. Each November a group of outrageously dedicated Contra Costa Crisis Center volunteers organizes an annual fundraising gala to support the Crisis Center’s programs. This elegant and fun event generates funding to keep life affirming and life-saving services available 24 hours a day and to keep them free of charge!

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Event Details

  • Diablo Country Club

    Diablo, California

  • Saturday November 2, 2013

    5:30 pm
    Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres
    Silent Auction

    7:30 pm
    Live Auction

    Fiat 500 Grand Prize Drawing

    Attire: Black Tie

  • The Rosemary Caldwell Award Recipient – 2013

    Audrey Bramhall

  • Master of Ceremonies

    Dan Ashley
    Co-Anchor ABC7

  • Auctioneer

    Ed Gold, Reynolds & Buckley

  • Presenting Sponsor



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Hearts of Gold Raffle

For the first time ever, the raffle includes not only a brand new Fiat 500, but a second prize of a Gold Paddle worth $5,000 in our live auction.

Register and RSVP by Saturday, October 25, 2013

For more information, call 925-939-1916 x100

Register Online Today