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CHAC emphasizes value of individual, importance of family


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The Community Health Awareness Council continues to provide mental health services to a growing population of at-risk children and families. Among its recent accomplishments, CHAC sponsored a youth forum in May.

• Mission: The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for children and families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and surrounding communities.

• 2016 update: CHAC underwent a leadership change this year after longtime Executive Director Monique Kane retired. Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto assumed the leadership role in July.

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Child Advocates offers foster children stability, attention


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Through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Court Appointed Special Advocate Denise enjoys time with Mayra. Child Advocates aims to provide stability in the turbulent lives of foster children.

• Mission: Through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) serve Santa Clara County foster children who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands of the adults in their lives. CASAs are volunteers who focus on individual children and provide them with much-needed stability and attention.

• 2015 update: In fiscal year 2015, Child Advocates managed to recruit 198 new volunteers while continuing to maintain and support at least 575 existing volunteers.

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ALearn expands program reach to meet increasing needs


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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District student Alyssa Baluyot displays her ALearn college research board.

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Cal Water exec: Water issues complex; El Niño may not end drought conditions


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SPARC President John McDonnell, left, and Vice President Peter Coe Verbica flank Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co., at last month’s SPARC meeting.

Without significant rain in December and January, homeowners and businesses may face an extension of water restrictions through next summer, according to Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co.

“El Niño may bring temporary relief, but California’s water issues are complex and are not likely to be solved by a wet winter,” said Kropelnicki, speaking in front of a packed house at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) meeting Nov. 18 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

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House of Grace offers women opportunities to rebuild families


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Young women and their children, above and left, get a fresh start in life through House of Grace programs. Holiday Fund proceeds directly support the 33-person residential program.

• Mission: House of Grace offers an opportunity for addicted, abused or homeless women to rebuild their lives, without being separated from their young children. The 12- to 14-month-long residential program works to transform the lives of women, their families and communities.

• 2015 update: Holini Sema, director of House of Grace, said not much has changed in 2015, only the women they serve continue to be younger, a circumstance she attributes to the spread of the drug culture in high school.

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Jeremiah's Promise continues to ease life transitions for foster youth


Courtesy of Jeremiah’s Promise
Jeremiah’s Promise offers college workshops
and coaching programs that focus on the social,
emotional and academic resources required
for higher education and
a career.

• Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to love, challenge and equip former foster youth for a better future. 

• 2015 update: The nonprofit organization supports foster children poised to graduate from the system as they navigate a path to college and seek career mentorship and community support.

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