Voices of Recovery Seeks Project Coordinator

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Voices of Recovery is seeking to hire a Project Coordinator who will be in charge of assisting our Project Director in organizing our ongoing projects. This task involves monitoring project plans, schedules, work hours, budgets, and expenditures, organizing and participating in stakeholder meetings, and ensuring that project deadlines are met in a timely manner. Read more

Monday, January 14 – Consumer Hall of Fame Nominations Due

Each year the MHSARC presents the Consumer Hall of Fame award to a San Mateo County resident for their personal recovery journey, contributions to better the lives of consumers or leadership in the consumer movement. Nominations are due Monday, January 14 and the awards ceremony will be held on February 6.

Phoenix Garden Project Seeks Community Volunteers

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In October, the Phoenix Garden Project located at the Youth Services Center in San Mateo hosted the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), a group of about teenage sons and their mothers, for a fun and productive workday. From 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this energetic team helped revitalize a formerly moribund garden by planting artichokes, onions, garlic and an assortment of cover crops; planted a meadow of native California bunch grass; and built three picnic tables spread throughout the garden. BHRS Youth Clinical Services Manager,  Regina Moreno helped guide the volunteers throughout the day.

The Phoenix Garden Project depends on amazing groups like YMSL to move our vision forward. Be sure to stop by the garden and enjoy your lunch on one of our new picnic tables and see the incredible progress being made at this wonderful community resource.

The Phoenix Garden Project holds monthly community volunteer days, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every third Saturday, for anyone interested in helping to develop this healing space. Please contact Toni DeMarco, or Regina Moreno for more information.

 

North County Youth Teams Host 2nd Annual Holiday Party

 

The North County Youth and School Based Mental Health teams had their second annual holiday party at the Mike Nevin Health Center.

Approximately 40 children and their family members attended this fun filled event. Activities included a Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza table, as well as arts and crafts activities. Children and their families were treated to an array of food, goody bags, and raffle prizes.

StarVista Seeks Health Ambassadors for HAP-Y Program

StarVista’s Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) is seeking youth ages 16-24 to become Health Ambassadors. The training covers common challenges in mental wellness, signs and risks of suicide, suicide prevention and how to access mental health services. Trained Ambassadors will help raise awareness and increase access to behavioral health services.

Participants can receive community service hours or internship hours in collaboration with their academic institutions. Additionally, a completion bonus of $700 is distributed to those who participate in the program.

The next training starts in January 2019. For more information, contact Brenda Nunez, Program Coordinator, at hapy@star-vista.org.

Downlaod the HAP-Y flyer.

StarVista Crisis Center Looking for Volunteers

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If you’re looking to help others and give back to the community, StarVista has the perfect opportunity for you. The StarVista Crisis Center is looking for volunteers who will talk with individuals in need of counseling through their crisis line. As a volunteer, you will receive comprehensive training, 4 hours/week of hands-on experience, a flexible schedule, letters of recommendation and much more.

Volunteers for the Crisis Line must be at least 21 years old. For those who are under 21 years old and want to volunteer, there are positions as a Teen Chat Volunteer for youth ages 14-17, and a Teen Chat Supervisor Volunteer for adults ages 18-20.

The next training is Jan. 15th, 2019.

If interested, contact the Crisis Center Volunteer Coordinator at: (650) 579-0359 ext. 13 or karina.chapa@star-vista.org.

Check out the Crisis Center volunteer flyer.

San Mateo County Residents Can Now Text 911 in an Emergency

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San Mateo County has enabled 911 texting as an option for people in an emergency. Every law enforcement and fire agency dispatch center is now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone 911 text messages. While this Text-to-911 program brings greater accessibility to people in emergency situations, Police and fire officials emphasize calling 911 is still the preferred way to get help during an emergency. But if calling is not an option, then send a text to 911.

San Mateo police offered the following tips for texting 911.

  • Always provide the exact location of the emergency
  • Text messages should be brief and easy to understand
  • Do not use abbreviations, emojis or slang
  • Remember that the ability to send/receive images and videos is limited and often dependent on the cellular provider
  • Texts can only be received in English at this time  –  this service will be available in additional languages in the near future in San Mateo County

It’s also important to note that phones or devices must be on a text or data plan, be text capable, and have their location services enabled to send a text message to 911.

Read the full Mercury News article here.

Release: SMC Encourages Residents to Keep Benefits and Enroll in Affordable Health Care

In the wake of the proposed changes to federal “public charge” immigration rules, which define how an immigrant resident’s application to enter the country or receive a green card is assessed, San Mateo County advises everyone to utilize the benefits they need and remain available to them.

The proposed changes significantly expand what public benefits are considered as public charge (e.g., Medi-Cal, CalFresh, public housing or Section 8 vouchers). Access to healthcare and insurance, food and housing are critical to a healthy community, and San Mateo County remains committed to providing excellent services with respect and dignity for all. Read the full press release here.

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