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Sacramento County Community Service & Support Digest

California Community College Enrollment On the Rise, But One Group Lags Behind


After a historic decline in community college enrollment during the pandemic, students are returning to school again, according to the state’s most recent data. But students between the ages of 20 and 30 are lagging behind.

Citrus Heights Denies Funding Request from Local Food Ministry


The Citrus Heights City Council voted to approve limited one-time funding to five local nonprofits, but declined to approve an application for funding from Sunrise Christian Food Ministry.

California Sues ‘Crisis’ Pregnancy Centers That Promise ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’


Several anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are advertising abortion pill reversal. California Attorney General Rob Bonta calls the claims false advertising that mislead vulnerable patients.

What’s 916 Day? Here’s How the Holiday Began


The city of Sacramento is encouraging residents to celebrate 916 Day by volunteering at park events.

California Health Care Workers Would Get $25 Minimum Wage Under New Deal


A last-minute legislative deal would raise pay for California health care workers while giving medical providers a guarantee that they won’t have to battle local measures on employee compensation.

Youth Activist Tiana Day Picks Up the Torch of Racial Justice and Healing


Tiana Day was 17 when she organized and led her first protest march after the murder of George Floyd. Not long afterward, she founded her own nonprofit and raised $10,000 in college scholarships. A USC undergrad, Day is CEO of her own diversity consulting firm.

Del Paso Heights Nonprofit Seeks to Reverse Area's Growing Fentanyl Crisis


Now community workers with the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation are testing out new approaches to lower drug-related deaths in the area.

Funding for Migrants Flown to Sacramento Is Running Low


Many of the Latin American migrants who arrived in Sacramento via Florida-chartered planes could soon be responsible for paying rent while they still cannot legally work. Sacramento ACT, a faith-based community organization, can only guarantee housing until Sept. 30.

4-H ‘Much More Than Animals,’ Galt Club Says


4-H members spoke to the Galt Herald as they weeded a raised bed at Barbara Payne Community Garden. Instead of livestock, Galt 4-H offers a range of other projects: art, crafts, baking, gardening and sewing. It is also adding photography and science.

How California Is Responding to Maui’s Deadly Wildfire


CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty spoke with Brian Ferguson, deputy director with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, to learn more about the state’s response.

California Summer Camp Offers Haven to Jewish Children of Color


Camp Be’chol Lashon, in the rolling hills of Marin County, creates a safe space for candid conversations on race and identity.

A Declaration of Being


Nearly 70 Black artists—poets, photographers, musicians, actors, writers, painters and others who work in different mediums— gathered in downtown Sacramento on July 29 to celebrate their existence.

‘On Broadway’ Promises Homes for People Struggling With Mental Illness


Construction is under way at On Broadway, a new community in North Land Park that promises to add to Sacramento’s affordable housing stock and provide homes for people afflicted with serious mental illness.

Cal State Pushes Back on Community College Plan to Offer Bachelor’s Degrees


A new law allows community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, an option for students unable to attend a four-year institution. But California State University officials are objecting to many of those proposed programs.

Out—Hot Dogs. In—Vegan Masala. California School Lunches Go Gourmet


Last year California began providing free school lunches to all TK-12 students, regardless of family income. Now, with an influx of state and federal money, school districts are revamping kitchens and training staff so they can provide freshly made, healthy meals.

Passing—and Preserving—the Word


Sacramento’s African American Historic Context Statement is part of the city’s African American Experience History Project, an initiative to codify local Black history from 1839-1980 and recognize historic properties.

Communities of Faith Welcomed Migrants Shunted to Sacramento by Florida Governor


Since the arrival of 36 new Sacramento residents, a coalition of congregations has come together to help them settle in. It has meant shouldering unplanned costs of time, energy and money—all the result of the country’s polarization over immigration.

Medical Cannabis Paved the Way for Legalization in California. Now Patients Feel Left Behind


Frustration runs deep among medical cannabis patients and advocates who say the commercial market created by Proposition 64 in 2016 isn’t meeting their needs.

Meal Company Offers Culinary Training for Students


A Citrus Heights-based meal preparation company is working with a local nonprofit to provide culinary training to students and youths with disabilities.

California Farmworkers Embroiled in Labor Investigations to Get Free Lawyers


Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will spend $4.5 million on free legal services for undocumented workers involved in state investigations of wage theft or other labor violations. The lawyers can help with their immigration cases.

Efforts Underway to Restore Vandalized Rhoads Schoolhouse


Rhoads Schoolhouse, a one-room school structure in Elk Grove Regional Park, is gradually undergoing repairs following vandalism this spring. The school is part of a living history program to introduce children to educational life in the 1890s.

Troubled Nursing Home Chain Owner Gets New Licenses Before Reforms Take Effect


California health officials say granting the licenses prevents the eviction of hundreds of residents from their homes and provides oversight provisions, including a two-year monitoring period.

Black Queer and Trans Folk Talk About Their Lives


The Observer is observing Pride month with “Black PRIDE,” a series telling the stories of and identifying the critical issues for Black LGBTQIA+ folk in the Sacramento area.

Newsom Proposes Boost in Mental Health Funds. Children’s Advocates are Worried


The spending change would prioritize housing for homeless people, which children's mental health advocates fear will cut their funding.

Dr. David Covin Leaves Legacy Of Mentorship, Community Support


The professor emeritus of government and ethnic studies at Sacramento State is being remembered for his many contributions to the university and the wider community. He passed away June 3 at age 82.

Nonprofit to Reboot Men’s Mentorship Program for Kids of Single Moms


Single Mom Strong, headquartered in Citrus Heights, this year is pairing volunteer men with children of single mothers in a program that is re-starting after being on hold during the pandemic.

Sacramento Set to Bloom With More Public Art


Sacramento is unveiling new public artwork this summer, featuring everything from bright murals to fresh tree groves. The nonprofit Sacramento Tree Foundation is leading one project that will plant groves of cherry blossom trees at Robert T. Matsui Park.

Efforts of Disabled Students Recognized


Sacramento County and Galt Joint Union High School District took some time on May 10 to recognize some hardworking young people within the district who are making the transition from school to employment while overcoming disabilities.

Fair Oaks Library Branch Closed for Renovation


The Fair Oaks Library is closed for renovations until mid-June. It’s the first major upgrade of the building since 1976, and improvements will include fresh paint, new carpet, and upgraded computer stations.

Fashion Show Raises Scholaship Dollars


The Fair Oaks Thursday Women's Club once again held their sold-out fashion show, which raised money for 14 students to receive $1,200 scholarships for college. More than 250 guests were in attendance.

A Comprehensive Approach to Homelessness


Lisa Bates has been the CEO of Sacramento Steps Forward since 2019. The nonprofit organization is “responsible for leading efforts around coordinating a response to ending homelessness.”

Gardeners Mourn Loss of Jim Thornton


Volunteers with the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden in Citrus Heights remember fellow gardener Jim Thornton as one who helped build up the community, both physically and in spirit.