March 2018

Gabriel Kendall
Director of Community Relations & Program Development, 2-1-1 Sacramento
California Museum
Unity Center at California Museum Celebrates
Diversity & Unity in our Community
The Unity Center   opened at the California Museum in August 2017 to celebrate the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. Initiated in response to a series of 1999 Sacramento hate crimes, the Center includes interactive multimedia exhibits that highlight leaders in the state’s civil rights history and explore timely topics such as immigration, race, religion, equality, gender, cultural stereotyping and bullying. Through advocacy tools and learning programs, visitors are encouraged to promote unity in the community by standing up for their rights and the rights of others -- regardless of belief, background, identity or gender.
The Center also features the Darrell Steinberg Classroom, a flexible 1,000 sq. ft. space ideal for community meetings of up to 100 guests. With amenities including fold-down tables on casters, comfortable folding chairs, projector with laptop connections, AV equipment and internet access, the room is capable of accommodating theater-style and break-out group set-ups for a variety of gatherings. Best of all, complimentary admission to the Unity Center and all current exhibits is included with rental fees, a value of up to $9.00 per person.
Sacramento 211 providers are invited to save 15% on Darrell Steinberg Classroom rentals through April 30, 2018! For more information, visit . For an estimate, contact Kenney Martin at   or (916) 654-5688.
*Room subject to availability. Expires 4/30/18.

Black Mothers United

Pregnancy Support for African American Women
If you are an expectant African American woman living in Sacramento County and you are looking for support, Black Mothers United is the program for you! This program provides resources and education to help expectant mothers so that you can have the best pregnancy possible. In addition, a Personal Pregnancy Coach will work with you to develop a plan to ensure that your baby has the best possible start in life.

Some of the services offered include one-to-one case management, childbirth coaching, and healthcare access including insurance enrollment. Have transportation issues? Rides are available to medical and pregnancy related appointments as well as support group meetings.

Taking care of yourself is always important, but even more so when you are pregnant. Learning to eat a healthy diet, exercising and learning how to manage stress are included in the health education program. Other topics covered include parenting skills and breastfeeding.
Mothers and mothers-to-be are welcome to the Mommy Mingles support group. Becoming a mother does not come with an instruction book, but having a support system, a group of women who share your experience can make it a little easier.

Recommendations on how to safely sleep your baby have changed over time. Safe Sleep Baby is a class offered to parents, families and caregivers on how to safely sleep your baby in order to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

For more information call Kenya Fagbemi, Program Director for Black Mother’s United at 916-558-4809.
Alta California Regional Center

Removing Barriers!
For an individual living with a developmentally disabling condition, life can be incredibly challenging. Daily tasks such as driving a car, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, balancing a checkbook, or even communicating with others pose significant barriers to allowing the individual to feel like an adequate and productive member of society. Alta California Regional Center aims to reduce those barriers by providing the individual and their families with appropriate services to enable them to live their lives to the fullest extent.

Individuals age 3 and older who have, or are suspected of having autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or an intellectual disability are assessed and deemed eligible for services. Children under the age of 3 years old may be eligible for the center’s Early Start Program. Once the assessment is completed and the individual is approved, the person is then assigned a service coordinator who meets with the individual, or their families, to set up a plan of needed services and supports.

Although most services at the center are provided at no cost, some families may have to pay fees for services, depending upon circumstances. Contact ACRC for details if you or a loved one you know have questions about services or eligibility.
Crocker Art Museum

Art and Child Development
Think of the Crocker as a place for children to learn, play, and grow. Through our All About Families Initiative, the Crocker expands educational opportunities for children of all ages and gives families a place to make memories. Major components include weekly and monthly early childhood programs, a storybook gallery adventure called Story Trail and Art Spots which are interactive spaces for young children. Other programs include parent education series, drop-in programs for families with school-age children, a lending library of children's books, family-focused gallery tours, free family festivals, and early childhood Art Packs that can be checked out from the Sacramento Public Library.

During the month of April in recognition of Week of the Young Child (April 16-20), the Crocker will offer a special edition of existing programs such as Baby Loves Art and Wee Wednesdays. Sunday, April 15 th from 12 pm- 4 pm there will be a FREE event at the Museum to celebrate the little ones for Día del Niño . You can expect to see hands-on art activities, gallery tours, and educational resources for the whole family—drop in any time!

In addition, every second Sunday of the month at 10:30 am families can count on Sunday Playday which is a gallery-based art-making experience designed to support school readiness, led by a Museum educator. Find more information on all programs at !

Article contributed by Maria Segoviano, PR & Communications Associate

In Memoriam
Community Link is saddened to announce the passing of long-time employee and community advocate, Russell Medeiros. Russell started his career with Community Link (then known as Community Services Planning Council) in August of 2000. Russell was well known for his support and dedication to 2-1-1, especially with our Veteran clients. 

Russell entered in to rest on February 2, 2018. He will be missed by many family, friends and colleagues. His work will continue to change lives of those most vulnerable in our community. 

Beginning in mid-January, 2-1-1 Sacramento starts scheduling free income tax appointments. One of our Information & Referral Specialists received a call from a young man wanting to book an appointment and during the conversation it was revealed that he was currently unemployed and had no source of income.

He was provided the names of several resources in order to help him turn his situation around; one of them being the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento. WIOA is a program that helps job seekers succeed in the workforce by providing access to employment, education, and support services including work attire and assistance with transportation costs.

The young man immediately called WIOA and made an appointment to talk with Workforce Development Manager, Joann Patty, who subsequently determined that he met the requirements for the program. WIOA was able to help him find employment and gain valuable work experience as an Operations Assistant at a local food bank.

For more information about WIOA, contact Joann Patty, Workforce Development Manager at 916-395-9000 extension 246.
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