March 16, 2020

Today the Bay Area Health Directors will issue a Joint Order that will significantly impact all of the Bay Area. The Order will require:

  • ALL PERSONS TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE OTHER THAN TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
  • DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES TO CEASE NON-EXEMPT OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS.
  • PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PERSONS.
  • ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

While the Order is mandatory, the expectation is that most people and business will comply to ensure the safety of everyone.

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.

There are numerous Definitions and Exemptions to the Order to allow for “essential activities” for individuals and business to insure the health and safety of our communities.

Bay Area Health Departments are drafting FAQs to cover as many of the most immediate questions as possible, but we know that there will be many questions that we can’t answer initially.

The press conference will be carried live on Santa Clara County Public Health’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth

The Order will be effective at midnight March 16, 2020, and remain in effect until April 7, 2020, but may be extended.

Staying up to date with current factual information can help ease any anxiety or stress about the situation. Text “coronavirus” or “covid19” to 211211 for information on how the illness spreads, prevention & treatment, symptoms and more. Texters may share their zip code to be directed toward websites with local information where available. If you are unable to text, call 211 or 800.833.2900

Contra Costa Health Services is updating a webpage with information here. This page is updated with new information as it becomes available.

We are updating this post as information is made available from Contra Costa Health Services. .Información en Español aquí.

The CDC is updating a robust site with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.

 

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

We have information updated regularly in our 211 Database of Contra Costa County resources. 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.

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.

 

March 16, 2020, Bay Area Health Directors issued Joint Order requiring:

  • ALL PERSONS TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE OTHER THAN TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
  • DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES TO CEASE NON-EXEMPT OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS.
  • PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PERSONS.
  • ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

While the Order is mandatory, the expectation is that most people and business will comply to ensure the safety of everyone.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

How would you like to sit in the Madden Box Seats for TWO to one of the upcoming games!! Now is your chance.

Come to the Contra Costa Crisis Center Gala and bid on some great prizes from John Madden autographed football helmet to games to tickets to collectible wines from the Football Hall of Fame!!

The fundraiser is coming up on August 24th!! Get your tickets now by going to this link https://www.crisis-center.org/gala-rsvp/!!!