CEO Message: Oh My Heart

Oh My Heart Through sunny valley A curious heart listens In spite of the bear -- A haiku written by @kyrakaz in collaboration with a haiku generator My 100-day listening tour has come to a close and--oh my heart--was it rich in reunions; new information and insights; actionable recommendations; and, above all, hard-working, compassionate people. Jesse Owens said, “Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.” I came away with a head full of ideas, purpose, and belief in the good. Also, a gut full of coffee and almond milk. But, more importantly, this time of listening has magnified my commitment to co-design SVCN’s future in partnership

Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes Impacting the Most Vulnerable

Changes to SNAP/CalFresh At the end of July, the Trump administration proposed changes to one way states calculate eligibility for SNAP (CalFresh) food stamp benefits in California. Under this proposed rule, people whose gross income is 130 percent above the federal poverty line (slightly more than $16,000 for one person) or have more than $2,250 in assets, will no longer qualify to receive federal food benefits. An estimated 9 percent of SNAP households, or 3.6 million people, could be impacted if this rule takes effect. In California, an estimated 250,000 people could lose this value benefit. Learn more here. The public comment period on this proposed rule closes on September 23. The Calif

Gilroy Strong Update

It has been just over a month since the devastating shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Those affected are still reeling from the heartbreak and working every day to achieve some semblance of normally in their life. Yet, every day we continue to see our community come together to support these families. The local Centre for Living with Dying program of Bill Wilson Center and Bay Area CISM Team have continued to respond to caregiving professionals on the front lines, children and families of shooting victims and survivors, with both group and ongoing individual support. They have offered community support groups in the San Jose area, and worked with not only first responders, but their sp