Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the Pajaro Valley community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. La Manzana Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs. (Para Español, desplácese hacia abajo y en el icono de Google seleccione "Spanish." La información estara traducida a partir de allí.)
We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as housing, employment, healthcare, disability, insurance, immigration, counseling, education, substance abuse recovery, domestic violence prevention, and child care.
We offer classes in Spanish and English literacy, including graduation certificates for elementary and secondary education. Partnering with the Mexican Consulate to offer the Plaza Comunitaria curriculum, literacy classes are taught weekly to participants who have not had an opportunity to learn to read or write in Spanish or English. We also hold a yearly literacy event which includes book give-a-ways and family activities.
We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. Our distributions are in the open air plaza at La Manzana Community Resources every second and fourth Wednesday, and first Friday of each month at 11am. During the distribution, we often have food tastings, physical activities, and other educational activities for waiting families.
We serve 14,000 meals during the summer to low-income children in Santa Cruz County as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The goal of Summer Lunch is to provide a nutritionally balanced meal to children who may be without lunch while school is out. In collaboration with Snap-Ed, we also provide nutrition education, food sampling, and physical education for children and families at the Summer Lunch sites, in addition to outreach and referrals for public assistance programs, including Calfresh, Medi-Cal, and Covered CA.
We offer a variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions, including Triple P classes, that address a wide range of topics. Classes, workshops, seminars and individual sessions are available in both Spanish and English, with funding made available by First 5 Santa Cruz County.
This program provides one-on-one emotional and parenting support for Foster Families, providing assistance with things like finding a tutor or volunteer, finding low cost activities or entertainment, finding clothing or furniture, and connecting to community resources, such as parenting classes and positive parenting strategies. The goals of the initiative are to help Santa Cruz County children in foster care stay rooted in their communities, neighborhoods and schools, and to help parents, foster parents, and relative caregivers form supportive relationships and work together to help children.
“I worked in the field for 40 years, but I can’t work anymore. This food is very important to us. I use the fruits and the vegetables to cook for my wife, she’s diabetic. I also like to come here for help filling out forms. I can’t speak English or read, so it helps me a lot.”