Congratulations to Ron Potts, the recipient of the Annual “Judy Guthrie Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Brunch” Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019!

Sunday, July 21st, 2019 was a day of appreciation for all the many volunteers and staff that contribute in making the Contra Costa Crisis Center the best it can be! All of them work tirelessly to ensure that we fulfill our mission to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and provide or connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community.

Many of the attendees came from the Leftovers Thrift Shop, which operates entirely through the staff of volunteers who sort, price, create displays, and sell merchandise. Since the shop was founded in 1976, it has never had a paid employee.

And other attendees came from our call center’s hotline, which operates 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, and serves as a touchstone for the community. Answering nearly 70,000 calls a year, the 211 Information and Referral program, assists to connect individuals and families in need to agencies that provide emergency shelter, food, mental health and substance abuse counseling and hundreds of other services.

Thank you all for your volunteer work. Thank you all for attending.

And a special thank you to Ron Potts, our Volunteer of the year!

We wish to thank our Wonderful Sponsors for the upcoming Contra Costa Crisis Center Black & White Gala on August 24th!!

Silver Circle

Bronze Circle

The CC Crisis Center is filming a documentary about The Center and all the great work it does.

The film includes our Executive Director Tom Tamura introducing us to The Crisis Center.

It will include testimonials from parents and spouses who have lost loved ones due to suicide or sudden death and how The Center helped with the loss and grieving process for them.


Also, for the first time, you will get to see inside The Contra Costa Crisis Center.
You will see the “Memorial Wall”, the grief rooms, the call center, the group therapy meeting rooms, and more.

This film will have its debut at The Black and White Gala to be held on August 24th.
For reservations, click here.

The Center handles:

  • 24 hour crisis line
  • grief counseling
  • information and referral
  • mobile grief response
  • outreach and education
  • community projects

Keep checking back for more information on this wonderful film.

Join us on August 24, 2019, at the Boundary Oaks Clubhouse for delicious dinner and the return of our gala and auction! We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for more info, or to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact or call 925.939.1916 today!

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!

The start of spring can bring a renewed sense of purpose, a time to commit or recommit to goals and intentions, a sense of renewal and returning energy,  and a time to set priorities for the coming months.

For those in the non-profit and social services sector, a renewed commitment to practicing self-care should be at the top of our list. Self-care is often stressed as a core competencyor mandate for those in the social services sector, yet many of us struggle to develop and sustain meaningful self-care practices.

Self-care is far from self-indulgence, rather it is the safeguard against burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma. Without self-care practices, we are attempting to carry out our daily task and fulfill our agencies mission without the necessary resources or equipment.

Developing your own self-care plan 

Unsure where to start?  The  University of Buffalo, School of Social Work has developed an online self-care starter kit that is an excellent resource for those who have been working in the social services sector for a few weeks to a few decades.  The kit includes tools to help you assess your coping strategies, identify your stressors, and develop a plan to help you build healthy habits and practices and protect against compassion fatigue.

You can see the full self-care starter kit here.

– 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