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Bay Area Community Services (BACS)    
Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month!


Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health issue, and during May, BACS and the rest of America are bringing attention to the issue.


Visit our Facebook year-round for updates, stories, and methods for dealing with mental health issues. 


Management Updates

BACS is fortunate to have an incredible staff, and we are happy to announce our recent internal promotions to Management! 

Here are our staff who moved to Management positions:

  • Pauline Castellanos, Program Manager for Woodroe Place Crisis Residential
  • Chris Llorente, Program Supervisor for BACS' Supported Employment Program
  • MacKenzie Stuart, Program Manager for North County Housing Connect
  • Gary Tia, Program Supervisor for BACS' Adult Day Program in Fremont 
  • Jamon Larry, Program Supervisor for BACS Adult Day Program in Oakland

We would also like to congratulate Lucy Kasdin, who has been with BACS for more than 8 years, as she moves into the new position of Director of Mental Health and Housing Services.


Congratulations, BACS staff, and thank you for all the incredible work you do! 

Earth Day in the Community

BACS spent Earth Day out in the community, joining more than 150 other volunteers for a clean-up effort at Old Man's Park!

BACS also provided outreach to the homeless individuals who are living in the park, working to connect them with services like our Oakland Project Connect.  

BACS Manager MacKenzie Stuart commented that "we all felt really connected to our community."

Thank you for organizing, TEECOM!


BACS Aging Services Receive $30k Grant

BACS is delighted to announce that we have received a $30,000 grant from The San Francisco Foundation! This funding will support crucial core services that enable at-risk elders to live independently, in the community of their choice. 


BACS is glad to partner with the San Francisco Foundation in bringing these services to our Bay Area community.

 Thank you, San Francisco Foundation!



BACS is getting ready to walk for mental health at the 2015 NAMI Bay Area Walk! Our team, "Fighting BACS Against Mental Illness," is led by BACS Personal Services Coordinator  and Team Captain Charleen Stearns.


On May 30, 2015, BACS will be walking 5K for mental health - if you would like to participate in this event or learn more, visit www.namiwalks.org or email Charleen at cstearns@bayareacs.org to join the BACS team! To donate, visit this link: http://namiwalks.nami.org/bacsscwc


Employee of the Month!

BACS has an All-Star staff! Below, we honor our "Employee of the Month" for May!


Travis Poor, Housing Coordinator


Travis is incredibly calm and understanding, and reacts only with patience and integrity, even in the most difficult situations. Over the last few weeks, Travis used his innovative thinking to find housing for a participant with a particularly difficult rental history. Despite the challenges, Travis moved this individual into an incredible cottage of their own! Travis has a quiet, steadfast commitment to all of our participants, and always ensures the best outcome. 


Congratulations, Travis!

Memory Cafe Event

BACS and the Alzheimer's Association are co-hosting "Memory Cafe." This interactive gathering is for persons with early signs of memory loss. This workshop will include a presentation on memory and interactive memory exercises.


The event is scheduled for Friday, May 29th, from 10 a.m. to noon, at 5714 Martin Luther King Jr Way. 


Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact BACS Adult Day Program at 510.601.1074 or jlarry@bayareacs.org, or Alicia Okoh at 1.800.272.3700.


Peralta Ecofest Fair

BACS spent a sunny day with hundreds of community members at the Peralta Ecofest Sustainability Festival. BACS participants and staff hosted a booth showcasing BACS services, art from our participants, and more. BACS also led a popular drum circle.  


Thank you to Peralta for hosting this wonderful event!


Get Involved!

Do you love the work that BACS does? Do you want to help keep adults connected to their communities in Alameda County? If so, we would love to have you as part of our family! Here are some ideas on how you can participate:


Join an Adult Day Care Team to assist older adults with socialization events and recreational activities. 


Donate gently used blankets,coats, and other items to our winter shelter and housing programs. 


Donate time and materials for construction projects at one of our many Alameda County sites. 



Too busy to join us in personbut want to help financially? Financial donations go a long way in supporting our work!


Learn more on our website or by calling 510.613.0330.  

Get Connected, Get Involved, Give BACS

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