CSA Food & Nutrition Center: Giving groceries, emergency financial aid


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Yvette Ching, an employee at Community Services Agency in Mountain View, prepares food for distribution.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2019 update: Every weekday, CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center distributes more than 1.5 tons of food. Of the 688,089 pounds of donated food in 2018, 49% were fresh fruits and vegetables.

House of Grace: Helping women rebuild


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House of Grace supports addicted, abused and homeless women as they rebuild their lives, without separating them from their young children.

• Mission: House of Grace supports addicted, abused and homeless women as they rebuild their lives without separating them 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, becoming productive citizens who support 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.

WomenSV: Empowering victims of domestic abuse


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Ruthven Darlene, above, founded and leads the nonprofit WomenSV. The painting to her left depicts a survivor’s journey. The donated artwork hangs in her office.

•  Mission: WomenSV aims to educate the community, train providers and empower survivors to break the cycle of abuse in middle- to upper-income areas so that every woman and child can exercise their fundamental human right to be free and safe in their own home.

• 2019 update: This year, WomenSV helped approximately 150 survivors, approximately 25% of whom are Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents.

Local Arts Roundup: Los Altos Hills digital gallery features work of mixed-media artist Offenbacker


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“Helga” is among Terenia Offenbacker’s works on display in Los Altos Hills’ digital gallery.

Each month the Los Altos Hills Public Art Committee showcases the work of a different resident artist. The committee’s fine-art digital gallery features the work of award-winning artist Terenia Offenbacker through Saturday.

Offenbacker’s gallery of 20 pieces provides a selective survey of her work. She is known for the expressiveness of her mixed-media collages created from paper and found objects, her abstract existentialist works and her oil portraits that are reminiscent of Amedeo Modigliani’s paintings.

Museum exhibition highlights impact of Loma Prieta earthquake

The Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through Jan. 19.

The exhibition highlights the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future.

National Charity League Stanford Hills Chapter kicks off new year

The Stanford Hills Chapter of the National Charity League celebrated more than 30 years of giving back to the local community at its recent All-League Retreat.

NCL, a six-year program for mothers and their daughters in grades 7-12, focuses on community philanthropy, cultural commitment and leadership.


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