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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.

Community Briefs

First Friday festivities salute holiday season

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive downtown for the holiday-themed First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The event will include the lighting of the 18-foot holiday tree in Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets. The Bullis Charter School choir and the Mountain View High School Madrigals will perform in the plaza.

Mentor Tutor Connection fosters college aspirations in students

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Mentor Tutor Connection’s Elizabeth Maciag, a tutor at Santa Rita School, receives a group hug from second-graders she tutored last year.

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2017 update: In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the local middle schools it serves, MTC hired Christy Flahavan as its first middle school coordinator. On the job since August, she has “done a great job” infusing more energy into the tutoring programs at the four schools, according to Linda Eckols, MTC board member, programs chairwoman and elementary placement coordinator.

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.

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