While we are ready and able to help, we would love to come to a point where our Mobile Grief Response Team never was needed again. Our grief response team was part of steps taken to support Liberty High School in Brentwood this year. Read more here.

The Contra Costa Crisis Center has been developing a new website over the past number of months and we are pleased to have launched. The website has a fresh new layout providing an updated user experience.  Much of the content has been ported over from the existing website so users should still be able to find familiar content and resources.

Check out the new website soon, we hope you enjoy the new look and look forward to hearing your feedback!

– 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.

Join us on August 25th, 2018, at the Boundary Oaks Clubhouse for delicious dinner and the return of our gala and auction! We look forward to seeing you there!

For more info, or to RSVP, contact rociop@crisis-center.org or call 925.939.1916 today!

 – 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.

Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

Date: January 8, 2018

Contra Costa Crisis Center welcomes Tom Tamura as new Executive Director

The Contra Costa Crisis Center (Crisis Center) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping people alive and safe, helping them through crises, and connecting them with culturally relevant resources. After a 4-month intensive search, the Crisis Center is pleased to announce the selection of Tom Tamura as its new executive director. Tamura follows the Crisis Center’s previous long-term Executive Director, Rhonda James, who left the organization in July for a new professional challenge as Chief Executive Officer of STAND! For Families Free of Violence. The Crisis Center selected Tamura after an extensive regional search led by a team of current and former Board Members. The Crisis Center’s Interim Director, Mary Vradelis, coordinate the search.

Under Ms. James’ dedicated leadership, the organization built on its strengths, developed new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with partners and supporters.  The Crisis Center anticipates that Tamura will leverage these achievements to help the organization expand its services to even more Contra Costa residents in crisis.

“We are very excited to have Tom taking on the role of the executive director of the Crisis Center,” says Andrew Pojman, the Board President.  “Tom brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sensitivity, and proven leadership to the challenges of working with people in crisis. Both the Board and Staff are impressed with his extensive knowledge of Contra Costa County, his 30-years of work within the mental health area, and his strong management skills.  We expect Tom to not only continue the Crisis Center’s excellent programs, but to work with partners and funders to help expand the Crisis Center’s programs to more people in need.”

Tom Tamura joins the Crisis Center after 30-years of work as a therapist and administrator, providing services to the most vulnerable and at risk clients and their families. He is particularly proud of his work with multidisciplinary teams that provided support and safety options for families in their most difficult times, by building strong partnerships with both public and private organizations.  Most recently, Mr. Tamura was the Regional Executive Director of the Seneca Family of Agencies, serving from 2014 to 2017.  This position grew out of his 17 years of experience and growth within the organization.  The Board and Staff are impressed with his extensive knowledge of Contra Costa, his 30-years of work with children, youth, and families in crisis, and his strong management skills.

“As a proud and long-time resident of Contra Costa County, I have been privileged to witness the impact of good people giving back to the community. Together, we are stronger, and it is in this spirit that I begin my work at the Crisis Center.  I am excited to work with the exceptional management team and staff to help the organization meet the challenges of the next decade,” says Tamura.  “The Contra Costa Crisis Center is a ‘best-kept secret.’  I’m looking forward to bringing the work of this essential organization to more people in our community.”

The mission of the Contra Costa Crisis Center is to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community. The organization opened in 1963 in order to provide a safety net for depressed and suicidal people beyond usual business hours. In addition to crisis intervention, we provide grief support and our 2-1-1 line which helps people make timely connections to safety-net resources. The Crisis Center prides itself on delivering continuous services to so many each year because of our hybrid model of professional staff and highly trained volunteers working side by side each day. Without this combination, a prompt and responsive 24/7 presence would be nearly impossible to maintain.  Just in the first nine months of 2017, we’ve received 23,738 calls from people seeking basic assistance or shelter. Our crisis lines have received 20,626 crisis intervention calls.   To support the larger safety net provided by a diverse group of nonprofits throughout the county, we recently added two new programs — Share the Spirit and Corporate Caring Volunteer Week.   We are able to provide all these services with the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors.  Together we create a safety net for anyone in need, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or citizenship status.

Tom Tamura started his role of Executive Director on January 3rd, 2018.

 

We imagine that many of you, like us, are deeply troubled by the acts of racism, bigotry and violence that have been committed here and abroad. We strongly condemn these beliefs as antithetical to our core values of compassion and hope.

We will continue to support those who are most vulnerable among us, whether it is based on appearance, gender, sexual preference, religious beliefs, or those who have lost hope. We believe that together we can create a brighter future for all.

If you are fearful or know someone who is, and need support, or you have been the victim of threats or harassment, please remember that you are not alone. We encourage you to call Crisis Center’s 24/7 hotline at 800-833-2900 or text “HOPE” to 20121. Our trained counselors are here for you. With help comes hope.

Warmly,

The Leadership Team of Contra Costa Crisis Center

With help comes hope

For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017

The Contra Costa Crisis Center is excited to announce that phase two of our new texting program has launched. Just in time for back-to-school, our nationally certified crisis and suicide prevention support services are now available via text message. Similar to the 211 Text launch last month, the Crisis Center acknowledges that for some, talking to a crisis counselor on the phone may be difficult, intimidating, or not private enough for their current circumstances. Offering text as an option for those who are seeking help ensures that support is always right at their fingertips.

Crisis Text is easy, confidential, and available to anyone in our community who is feeling distressed or in crisis. Crisis counselors are available 24/7 via phone (800-833-2900) and now from 3pm-11pm Monday-Friday via text. To get help, simply text “HOPE” to 20121 and a real, local, and expertly trained counselor will help you through this time of difficulty.

Texting will not sign you up for unsolicited communication. Mobile Carrier Privacy and Terms and Conditions

For Crisis or 211 Text inquiries, contact Lesley Garcia, M.S., Crisis/211 Call Center Manager, at (925) 939-1916 x140 or lesleyg@crisis-center.org

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 (TXT-211) for resources and services in your area.

As the California PUC designated 211 provider, we answer nearly 35,000 calls last year from Contra Costa residents looking for help with food, shelter or homelessness related services, mental health, substance abuse treatment, financial assistance, and many other health and social services.

But for some, talking on the phone may be difficult, intimidating, or may not be private enough for their circumstances. By expanding to include texting services, the Crisis Center is increasing the access and availability of services to those who would prefer to communicate through a non-verbal medium. 211 text offers the same high-quality, responsive, and confidential service provided by expertly trained Call Specialists in a convenient text format.

Unsure where to start or how we can help?  Simply text your zip code to 898-211 and the Call Specialists will guide you through a series of questions to help you find the resource most helpful in that moment.  Texting will not sign you up for unsolicited communication.

 

Mobile Carrier Privacy and Terms & Conditions

For 211 text inquires, contact Lesley Garcia, MS, Crisis/211 Call Center Manager, at (925) 939-1916 x140 or lesleyg@crisis-center.org.