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House of Grace offers skills needed to get young women back on their feet

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House of Grace supporters gather for a June fundraising breakfast. In 2017, House of Grace has served 53 women and children. The nonprofit organization gives women life skills, social skills and work experience to help them adjust to a sober lifestyle.

• Mission: House of Grace empowers women, especially single women and/or women with children, dealing with chemical addiction.

The residency 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 after completion of the program through internships.

Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College provides support, resources

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A mural across from the Veterans Resource Center, completed earlier this year, resulted from a collaboration between artists and Foothill College veterans aiming to show the transition from military to college life.


• Mission: The Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to assist and support veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.

Located on the Foothill College campus, the center provides veterans opportunities to pursue educational and career success. The resources support not only veterans, but also eligible dependents, active-duty service members, selected reserve service members and National Guard members.

Bayshore Christian Ministries equips youth with leadership skills

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Bayshore Christian Ministries offers a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.


• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders to give them a hopeful future.

• 2017 update: Through its relational and holistic programs, BCM served more than 275 children and teens in grades 1-12. The organization’s programs include after-school tutoring, art and technology classes; robotics teams; summer camps; Bible studies; mentoring; internships; and scholarships.

Hidden Villa camps weave social justice, access into summer fun

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Hidden Villa has offered generations of kids wilderness experiences that nurture a love of the wild as well as an appreciation of campers’ individual intellectual interests and diverse identities.

• Mission: Hidden Villa aims to inspire a just and sustainable future through programs, land and legacy.

• 2017 update: Strong existing interest among female campers in engineering-focused programming led Hidden Villa to shift one of its “teepee camps” to a new women-centered option: Outdoor Innovators. Participants will stay in a geodesic dome, Viking tent, carousel tent and teepee and study hands-on engineering in nature ranging from structure building to how termites construct homes with natural air conditioning.

Los Altos residents look to 'Future' to help area's marginalized youth

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Frank Brucato, supporter of Future Youth Records, works in the studio with students to create socially conscious music. The nonprofit group aims to counterpunch the “harmful stereotyping of women in popular music,” according to an FYR statement.

Growing up, Frank Brucato said he learned to think of others and be socially minded, so he became involved in community service at a young age.

The Los Altos resident attended a fundraiser for Future Youth Records a few years ago and said he found the nonprofit organization’s goals and aspirations to be “inspiring.” So he joined FYR, a Bay Area-based group that works with marginalized youth to create and distribute socially conscious music.

Retiring Los Altos Chamber exec treated to honorary farewell bash

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Retiring Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Julie Rose, center, gets congratulations from former Los Altos Mayor Art Carmichael, left, and current Mayor Mary Prochnow, right, during a Nov. 16 party held in Rose’s honor.

A full house of supporters gathered Nov. 16 to salute Julie Rose as she transitioned into retirement after 21 years as head of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

The special event, held at Shoup Park’s Garden House, drew Barry Groves out of retirement to give a rousing and often amusing speech that touched on his experiences with the Chamber’s dependable dynamo.

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