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During this public health crisis, Community Bridges remains committed to our mission of building a thriving community. We recognize that the majority of people that we serve are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
All 10 of our programs are deemed essential services and are continuing, and in some cases expanding, operations to serve some of the most vulnerable populations in our county. Our doors remain open when many others have had to close or reduce availability.
Our team is on the frontlines of this pandemic, and our services are needed now more than ever.
Will you help us protect our community and ensure the well-being of those most in need?
Vaccines don’t just protect you — they also protect the people around you. When enough people get vaccinated against a certain disease, germs can’t travel as efficiently — and the entire community, including vulnerable populations and those who cannot get vaccinated, are less likely to get sick. Visit myturn.ca.gov to find out where to get vaccinated or call our helpline at (831) 219-8607.
If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the Housing is Key CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Go to HousingisKey.com or call (831) 316-1822 for more information. Need help with your application? Visit any of our family resource centers or partner sites:
La Manzana Community Resources – 521 Main Street, Ste. Y Watsonville
Live Oak Community Resources – 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz
Mountain Community Resources – 6134 Highway 9 in Felton
Nueva Vista Community Resources – 711 East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz
Community Action Board Davenport- 406 Main Street, Suite 407, Watsonville
Families in Transition– 406 Main Street, Suite 326, Watsonville
Please see below for updates on all programs and check back frequently for updates (last updated 08/17/20).
Elderday will begin to allow small in-person cohorts on May 10 and will continue to comply with the California Department on Aging and State of California regulations. We are providing ongoing services for all our participants and their families, including COVID-19 Wellness Checks and Risk Assessments and telehealth monitoring of known chronic conditions. We are using telephone, email, video and texts to monitor, educate, assess, and encourage participants and their families while sheltering-in-place. Real-time online activities are expected to be rolled out in May.
We invite seniors to participate in our new program, Senior Center Without Limits. This new and innovative program brings enrichment activities like yoga, art, music and support groups to seniors in their homes at no cost. Senior Center Without Limits is a free program that overcomes the digital divide to connect seniors to their community, engage in activities to improve cognitive processes and combat isolation.
Click here for more information and to join a class.
Lift Line continues to provide rides to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, transporting these individuals to medical appointments and now providing rides to other essential businesses, like grocery stores and banks.
Additionally, Lift Line has expanded services to provide free essential transportation for all Santa Cruz County residents who are disabled or over age 60. These services are offered regardless of income during the shelter in place order. This service will allow these vulnerable populations to maintain access to essential nutrition, finances, medical supplies and medical appointments.
Please note that these expanded services will end when the Santa Cruz County shelter in place order expires. At that time, regular service requirements will resume.
Seniors over 60 and person with disabilities can follow the process below for obtaining and scheduling essential transportation.
Call Lift Line to schedule an essential ride at 831-688-9663 during the following hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If possible, please call one or two days in advance. Lift Line will respond to same day scheduling according to availability.
Transportation times will be scheduled according to availability between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Meals on Wheels has temporarily shut down its five congregate dining sites across the county. All seniors previously receiving meals at dining sites have been given the option for home-delivered meals. In addition we are delivering breakfast meal packs to the most vulnerable seniors.
Monday – Friday 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz
Homeless individuals over the age of 60 may pick up lunch and a shelf stable dinner meal daily. Seniors are required to practice social distancing when picking up meals and are not allowed to access the building to use the bathrooms.
Anyone over the age of 60 is now eligible to receive home-delivered meals through Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz County, regardless of income level. A suggested donation of $2.50 per meal is requested, but no senior will be denied if they do not have the ability to pay.
To apply online, please click one of the links below.
Meals on Wheels Application – English
Meals on Wheels Application – Spanish
La Manzana Community Resources | Live Oak Community Resources
Mountain Community Resources | Nueva Vista Community Resources
The four sites of the Family Resource Collective (FRC) continue to provide essential services on a drop-in basis for any community member in need. FRC staff members can provide support enrolling in and accessing benefits, including:
Food distributions are continuing, including emergency distributions to people experiencing homelessness. Limited funds remain to provide grocery gift cards to families in need due to reduced hours or job loss as a result of COVID-19.
Watsonville: La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St., Watsonville
Thursdays (Age 55+ only and must pre-register with Grey Bears at 831-479-1055)
First Fridays of the month (Please note that this service has been discontinued until further notice.)
Live Oak: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Second and Fourth Mondays
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Felton: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
Santa Cruz: Nueva Vista Community Resources, 711 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
2:30PM – 5PM
Rental assistance is available to undocumented Santa Cruz County and Monterey residents who have lost employment or wages due to COVID-19 that are ineligible for unemployment, or other state or federal public benefits, while funds remain. To find out if you are eligible please send a text to our bilingual text line (831) 854-7093.
Limited funds remain to provide emergency gift cards for all families that have lost employment income due to COVID-19.
During the shelter in place order, the FRCs are offering phone or video counseling sessions on a one-time or short-term basis, in addition to current counseling services. Services are free and bilingual counselors are available. Call 831-246-6360.
Counseling Services at the Family Resource Collective
Servicios de Consejería en el Colectivo de Recursos Familiares
Non-essential programs and programs requiring group congregation—including after-school tutoring, parent education, and digital literacy workshops, and any service provided by a third party—have been temporarily discontinued.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) continues to provide nutrition assistance through food reimbursements to licensed caregivers who are remaining open to ensure the children and adults in their care have access to nutritional food.
Early Education Division’s six early education centers remain open to meet the needs of essential workers across Santa Cruz County. Beginning in May, distance learning will be available to all currently enrolled families.
WIC offices remain open, but we are asking participants to take advantage of conducting appointments by phone.
WIC benefits are being issued through the mail.
If you want to apply to WIC, please call one of the numbers below to seek assistance without leaving your home:
Santa Cruz: 831-426-3911
COVID-19 Response Webinar Part 1: Mitigating Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz Economy
COVID-19 Response Webinar Part 2:Keeping Grounded While the Financial World is Shaking
Managing Stress Related to the Coronavirus
Manejo del Estrés Relacionado con el Coronavirus
Talking to Children About the Coronavirus
Hablando con los Niños sobre el Coronavirus
COVID-19 Information and Updates – Santa Cruz County
COVID-19 Updates – California Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak – World Health Organization
In this unprecedented emergency, Community Bridges is on the frontlines providing access to nutrition, education, transportation and one-on-one crisis support.
We have had to quickly mobilize to change and expand services to meet the daily evolving needs of our community. We will continue to stay the course and be the safety net for vulnerable children and seniors, and for families who find themselves suddenly out of work.