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Supportive Services

 

General

2-1-1

Call this number where trained specialists (in over 150 languages) will help connect you to local services 24/7. It's fast, free, and confidential.

 

HelpSCC

This is a searchable information and referral database for health and human service providers.  Information on food, housing, health, children and youth, seniors and income and emergency assistance programs are available for both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

www.helpscc.org

Santa Cruz County Human Services Department

Operates programs including (CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, General Assistance, Workforce Santa Cruz County, Child Welfare Services, Veteran Services and Adult Protective/Long Term Care Services.

831-454-4130

http://www.santacruzhumanservices.org/

Access Santa Cruz

Provides an online resource guide for people with special needs and physical challenges.  Includes information on transportation, medical supplies/services and social services.

http://www.scaccessguide.com/index.htm

Senior Information & Referral

This is a community resource agency that links older adults and persons with disabilities with support services essential to their physical and mental well-being. The focus is on helping people continue to live independent, fulfilling lives at home by giving them access to necessary information and resources.

831-462-1433

http://www.seniornetworkservices.org/

Victim/Witness Center  - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

This website provides valuable information to victim, survivor, or witness to a crime and the offender was sentenced to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) either in an adult or juvenile facility.

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/index.htm

The victim of crime, family member of a victim, or a witness who testified against the offender may request to be notified of the release, death, or escape of their offender(s).

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/application.html

Local office: 831-454-2010

 

Children and Families

 

Child Development Resource Center

Provides information on childcare services for families and providers.

831-466-5820

http://www.cdrc4info.org/services.html

First 5 Santa Cruz County

Provides programs to help children succeed in school and life.

831-465-2217

http://www.first5scc.org/ 

 

SPIN

Resource for children with special needs

http://www.spinsc.org/content/Spin_Resource_Guide.pdf

 

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance

Provides education, training, counseling and prevention services to students, family and staff in the Pajaro Unified School District.

831-728-6445

http://www.pvpsa.org/

PAPAS

A program of the Santa Cruz County Community Counseling Center that supporting father involvement and co-parenting.

831-763-3123

http://www.papassfi.org/

 

Department of Child Support Services

Services provide include establishing court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; locating the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; maintaining accounts of payments paid and past due; modify court orders when appropriate; enforcing court orders for child, family and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support.

866-901-3212

http://www.dcss.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

 

Domestic Violence

Walnut Avenue Women’s Center

1-866-269-2559 – 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides services including Domestic Violence, Youth Development, Family Literacy, Early Childhood Education, African American Community Health Group and Resource & Community Development.

831-426-3062 (office)

http://wawc.org

 

Women’s Crisis Support~Defensa de Mujeres’

1 888-900-4232 – 24 hour Crisis Line

Provides crisis counseling, safe shelter, legal assistance and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

http://wcs-ddm.org

 

 

Immigration

 

Santa Cruz Immigration Project

Helps immigrants acquire legal status, by re-uniting immigrant families, and by making U. S. citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. We provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.

831-724-5667

 http://www.cabinc.org/sccip

 

Legal

California Rural Legal Assistance

Serves very low income residents of Santa Cruz County with civil legal needs such as landlord/tenant matters, issues involving fair housing, wage and hour claims, public education issues, and public benefit denials and overpayments (Social Security, TANF, MediCal, MediCruz, In Home Support Services, etc.)

831-458-1089 and 831-724-2253

http://www.crla.org/

 

Watsonville Law Center

The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals. WLC focuses on addressing issues related to worker rights, consumer protection and barriers to employment. WLC delivers services through advice clinics, one on one consultations, and direct representation. Through its five projects, the Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health (AWAHP), Barriers to Employment, Economic Justice, Language Access to the Court, and the Consumer Protection Projects WLC has assisted thousands of community members.

831-722-2845

http://www.watsonvillelawcenter.org/

 

LGBT

 

Diversity Center

Dedicated to building a diverse community, promoting health and well-being, and advancing social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County.

831-425-5422

http://www.diversitycenter.org/

Families Like Mine

The mission of this site is to decrease isolation for people who have parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), and bring voice to their experiences.

familieslikemine.com

GLBT National Help Center

Hotline – 888-843-4564

Provides free and confidential telephone and internet peer counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

http://glbtnationalhelpcenter.org/index2.html

Informacion de salud para jovenes LGBT

ambientejoven.org

 

Horizontes

Grupo para hombres latinos hispano-hablantes GBTQ

831-539-1867

 

Lionel Cantu Resource Center, UCSC LGBTIQQ Center 

831-459-246

http://queer.ucsc.edu

 

LyLyA - Latinas y Lesbianas y Aliadas 

831-724-6078

PFLAG

Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

831-427-4016

 

Rainbow Counseling

Counseling for LGBT youth, adults, couples and families offered by Family Service Agency of the Monterey Coast.

831-423-9444 and 831-728-9970

http://fsa-cc.org/rainbow-counseling/

 

STRANGE

A program of the Santa Cruz County Community Counseling Center/Youth Services, STRANGE provides supportive, educational and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth and their allies.

831-469-1700 ext. 131

http://www.scccc.org/youth-services/lgbt-youth

 

The Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

866-488-7386

http://www.thetrevorproject.org

 

Veterans Services

Cabrillo College Veteran Services

Aptos Campus, Room 914

Provides assistance for veterans transitioning out of active duty into student life.

http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/ar/veterans-overview.html

831-479-6110

Santa Cruz County Vet Center

1350 41st Ave, Suite 102, Capitola

Counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans and their families.

http://www.veteranprograms.com/id282.html

831-464-4575

Veterans Services of Santa Cruz County

1400 Emeline Ave, Santa Cruz

Assists veterans, military retirees and their families in obtaining benefits earned by military service.

www.santacruzvets.com

831-454-4761

Coming Home Project  (for veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers - San Francisco based)

http://www.cominghomeproject.net/

 

Workforce Development, Employment and Training

California State Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

831-465-7100 – Capitola Office

http://www.dor.ca.gov

 

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation 

Promotes micro-enterprise and small business development by supporting low-income and minority entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties by providing bi-lingual, bi-cultural business education and training, and professional consulting and technical assistance.

831-722-1224

http://www.elpajarocdc.org/

 

Workforce Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County's network of Career Centers offer an array of services for businesses, employees, job seekers, and providers of educational and career counseling services.

www.workforcescc.com