House of Grace: Supporting women as they overcome hardship

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House of Grace helps women get back on their feet without being separated from their children.

• Mission: House of Grace supports addicted, abused and homeless women as they rebuild their lives, without being separated from their young children. The long-term, life transformation program addresses chemical dependency, abusive relationships and other self-destructive behaviors. Living in Cityteam-owned apartments, women are mentored and taught how to rejoin the mainstream and become productive citizens supporting themselves as well as their families. The nonprofit organization also has a nursery onsite so that young children (newborn to 5 years old) have a safe and caring environment.

The women who come to House of Grace often have stories of homelessness, addiction, jail, lost jobs and broken families. When they graduate, their stories are redeemed with reunited families, steady employment, a pursuit of higher education, a desire to help others and faith in God’s grace.

MERIT program at KCI: Improving education through technology, creativity

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Participants in this year’s MERIT program join together for an intensive two-week summer session.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative for teachers. MERIT’s mission is to promote innovation with technology, pedagogy and content that will have a measurable, positive impact on education in Silicon Valley and beyond. The 10-month program includes a kick-off day, a two-week intensive summer institute and four follow-up sessions. Concurrent with the MERIT curriculum, participants are also required to take additional courses at the Krause Center for Innovation.

Inaugural Human Rights Day features Mtn. View councilman


The United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter has scheduled its inaugural Human Rights Day event 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grant Park Community Center, 1570 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

This year marks 70 years since Eleanor Roosevelt worked with the United Nations to establish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considered a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Los Altos High grad grabs Emmy for work on HBO documentary


Years before she helped produce the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” with Apatow Productions, Amanda Glaze experienced the spotlight on a smaller stage, taking on the title role in Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Anne of Green Gables.”

While working on “Zen Diaries,” Glaze’s role included researching and obtaining archival footage for the documentary about the late comedian. The process was different from her previous experience on feature films such as “Trainwreck” and “The Big Sick.”

Jeremiah's Promise: Guiding, healing, equipping foster youth

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Jeremiah’s Promise volunteers work with college students to train them to use The Next Step coaching program.

• Mission: The mission of Jeremiah’s Promise is to love, challenge and equip transition-age foster youth for a life they can be proud of. The nonprofit organization promotes academic resilience, personal and social skills building, leadership development and career path competency.

• 2018 update: Jeremiah’s Promise uses an innovative social media-behavioral intelligence platform to serve its foster youth.

Mentor Tutor Connection: Enhancing students' academic and life skills

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An adult mentor works with a student through Mentor Tutor Connection.


• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to enhance the academic and life skills of local youth through individualized volunteer tutoring and mentoring.

• 2018 update: MTC received what Executive Director Padma Gargeya described as “a generous grant” from Google Inc. that helped fund the nonprofit organization’s new strategic plan.

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