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House of Grace provides women with a path out of addiction


Taken from a Youtube promotional video about House of Grace
Personnel claim an 85 percent success rate at rehabilitating single women and women with children who have been plagued by drug addiction. 
 

• Mission: House of Grace empowers women, especially single women and/or women with children, dealing with chemical addiction. The program gives women life skills, social skills and work experience to help them adjust to sober life in Santa Clara County. It also helps connect the women to employment and housing opportunities.

• 2016 update: According to Honili Sema of Cityteam, which operates House of Grace, six to seven women at a time graduate from the program.

Local seniors needed to participate in documentary

The Los Altos Senior Program seeks volunteers to appear in a short documentary introducing the program to people in the community.

Volunteers must be willing to spend two to three hours at the Senior Program this month or next to showcase activities such as line dancing, bridge and pickleball. Those with experience are preferred.

Sky's the Limit Fund helps youth in crisis through wilderness therapy


Photo Courtesy of Sky’s The Limit Fund
Sky’s the Limit Fund, founded by two Los Altos residents, provides scholarships to help at-risk youth attend effective – and expensive – wilderness camps across the country. The scholarships support less- affluent families who could otherwise not afford the experience.
 

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund supports youth in crisis by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs and beyond for families with financial need.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Community Briefs

Volunteer awards luncheon set for Friday

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is scheduled to host its 34th annual Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The cities have given the awards since 1983 to honor individuals who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. The committee has recognized more than 300 individuals and groups to date.

Child Adovcates provides stability and hope for at-risk children


Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Ann Oliver of Los Altos, left, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Colette, right, through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.
 

• Mission: Child Advocates’ mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice in their lives. The agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who work with children in the dependency system. Each CASA volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child and acts as a mentor, advocate and caring friend for that child.

The nonprofit focuses on “8 Key Areas of Support” for achieving positive outcomes: education, trust and relationship building, self-esteem building, healthy choices and behaviors, developmental milestones/independent living skills, new experiences, cultural/community events and extracurricular activities.

Los Altos clubs join forces to salute local veterans for miltary service


Photos courtesy of Jerry Tomanek
Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen, left, and U.S. Navy commanding officer Raymond Stromberger, right, speak at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 10.

Flags flew high as the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs honored 46 local veterans from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Garden House at Shoup Park Nov. 10.

Rotarian Dick Henning opened the program, telling the vets that the service club members appreciated their military service and recognized that “freedom is not free.”


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