September 2015

News from Human Services 

The HIP Shared Housing Program
Comes to Fremont!

HIP Housing, a nonprofit organization, has been connecting home owners or renters (Home Providers) who have a residence with one or more bedrooms, with persons seeking housing (Home Seekers) to pay rent or exchange services for reduced rent. HIP Housing's home sharing program is new in the City of Fremont. The program will serve those who are seeking housing who live or work in the City of Fremont and persons with a room to rent who live in Fremont, Newark and Union City. For more information please call HIP Housing Coordinator Laura Moya at 510-574-2173. 

Ready, Set, Volunteer!
Make A Difference Day is October 24, 2015

The City of Fremont's Human Relations Commission (HRC) is once again helping to sponsor Make a Difference Day, a National Day of Volunteering across the country, which will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Families and individuals from throughout Fremont have participated in Make a Difference Day for over a decade, celebrating the City's diversity through community service.

The City's annual effort has grown to become one of the largest community Make a Difference Days in the country.  In 2012, Fremont was recognized nationally as one of three jurisdictions honored by Newman's Own and The Corporation for National Community Service. In 2014, over 2,877 participants contributed 11,500 volunteer hours to 100 community service projects. Projects have been creative and have included school landscaping and beautification efforts, home improvements for frail seniors, an oil change clinic for single moms, a sock drive for the homeless, a make-over of our local domestic violence shelter, and letters and gifts for our troops overseas.

This year, the HRC hopes to significantly increase the number of volunteers, hours, organizations assisted and service projects completed in Fremont during the weeks surrounding October 24. Thousands of volunteers representing a broad cross-section of our community, and numerous organizations, including businesses, parent/teacher associations, students, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, service organizations, and faith communities, will be carrying out projects throughout the City. 

These volunteers can't do it without your help. The City is currently looking for volunteers, projects, and financial sponsors for supplies, project coordination and planning.  If you would like support Make a Difference Day and make a commitment of time, effort or financial support, please contact Christine Beitsch, Make a Difference Day Project Manager, at or 510-574-2099.

Human Relations Commissioners, HS Staff, and Volunteers Participate in SF Pride and Fourth of July Parades

For a fifth year, the City of Fremont, led by the Human Relations Commission, joined in the SF Pride Parade held on June 27-28. This 45th annual celebration of gay culture and life was one of the biggest in the nation with over 200 marching contingents and hundreds of thousands of spectators. This year's event theme was Equality Without Exception.  Over 80 Fremont volunteers, of all ages, designed and constructed a festive parade entry and marched in the parade with local policy makers and their family members.  In addition, the Human Relations Commissioners, Human Services staff and volunteers participated in  Fremont's fun-filled 4th of July Parade. This year's theme was "For the People, By the People!" 
Youth & Family Services (YFS)
Youth Empowerment Academy Creates a Community Mural

City of Fremont Youth Empowerment Academy completed its third annual program this summer with 17 young people from the Tri-Cities participating to earn both elective and work experience high school credits toward graduation.

The youth had a unique opportunity to work with renowned San Francisco Urban Artist and Muralist, Cameron Moberg to create a community mural which will be mobile and displayed throughout the community. The Fremont Art Guild made a generous donation to cover the cost of art materials for the project. This 8 x 12 foot mural, which represents learning, growth, and connection to the community, was displayed at the graduation.

The Academy students were highly engaged in this project and showed a high commitment to attend the Academy three days each week as well as the Highway to Work program.  Offered through the City's Human Services Department, Youth and Family Services Division, the Academy summer program is designed to help "at risk" and Probation youth develop better decision making, health and life skills, while offering opportunities for summer employment, community service and leadership development. The program was supported by a continued partnership with local school districts, the Highway to Work Program, the Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Probation Department Officers, and other organizations in the community.

Youth Empowerment Academy Video
Youth Empowerment Academy Video

Aging & Family Services (AFS)

Four Seasons of Health Expo
Largest Ever! 
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June 5, 2015 - Each year, the City of Fremont's Human Services Department, in collaboration with the Tri-City Elder Coalition, hosts the Four Seasons of Health Expo at the Fremont Senior Center & Lake Elizabeth, and this year it attracted the largest crowd in its six- year history. Over 2,000 attendees and 115+ vendors found the event extremely useful and enjoyable. Seniors were able to connect with local organizations and businesses providing information on transportation, housing, legal, and health programs and services.

Join us for Seniors Night Out!
Friday September 25, 2015 

Join us for the 22nd Annual Seniors' Night Out on Friday, September 25 for an evening filled with good eats and live entertainment! 
This truly remarkable event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Newark. This year's theme, "Asian Splendor," will consist of dinner, entertainment, dancing, and a raffle, and is sure to be a hit with all who attend!
This celebration, sponsored by the City of Fremont Human Services Department and Tri City Elder Coalition, serves as an opportunity for seniors to enjoy a night on the town while being accompanied by a volunteer. Most of us are unaware of how isolating old age can be for frail seniors. A lack of transportation, money, family, or friends can keep a senior homebound with limited opportunity for socializing.
Seniors' Night Out has come to mean a celebration for our senior citizens, a memorable and fun evening, and an opportunity for our community to raise funds for the Personal Urgent Need (PUN) Fund administered by the Tri City Elder Coalition.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our donors, the event has continued to grow in size year after year! For information on becoming a sponsor, serving as an escort, purchasing tickets, or volunteering at the event, please visit or contact event coordinator, Linette Young, at 510-818-9888 or email

Human Services Staff Upgrades
Electronic Health Record Database

Kudos to a cross department effort by  Human Services and IT Department staff for many months of hard work in implementing a redesign and upgrade to our Electronic Health Record . Th e Askesis software program supports clinical staff in organizing data seamlessly from the initial call , to scheduling an appointment for services through to final billing. Throughout the process, the staff has access to treatment planning integrated with progress notes and diagnostic documentation.

"This upgrade will allow our staff to capture a readily available medical record more efficiently and accurately, and will promote outcomes-based behavioral health care for our clients
" , stated Karen Grimsich, Administrator for Aging and Family Services . "We could not have done this without the dedication and patience of our entire team!"

 Afghan Elderly Association
Honors Human Services Staff
On June 3, 2015, members of the Human Services Department from the Aging and Family Services and Administrative Division were honored by the Afghan Elderly Association (AEA) for the work done with and on behalf of Afghan participants.

Human Services has partnered with the AEA for almost 20 years when Suzanne Shenfil assisted Najia Hamid to develop an Afghan social program for older adults. Human Services staff continues to work closely with the AEA to develop health promotion training and administrative guidance. 

AEA's Health Promotion program consists of 5 components:

1) Healthy Aging program

2) Happy, Healthy Me program, an evidenced-based chronic condition self-management program from Flinders University in Australia

3) Linkages - a program that links older Afghans to community services

4) Medication reconciliation program that helps with medication education and compliance

5) Health education group  

Additionally, the Human Services Department works closely with the AEA to provide mental health and care management services. Well over 200 people have been served by AEA's Health Promotion Program. In a spirit of partnership, the AEA has assisted the Human Services Department with community planning, translation services, and cultural sensitivity consultation.  
Family Resource Center (FRC)
Get Free Help Applying for Citizenship

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) and the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative (EBNatz) are partnering with the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) for their sixth Citizenship Day to be held on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fremont Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA, Building EFGH - Caribbean Room Suite H830.
At this event, people eligible for U.S. citizenship can receive FREE assistance in filling out the naturalization application and fee waivers if necessary. Volunteers will speak many languages including Spanish, Chinese and Farsi. 
The member organizations of the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative have a long history of providing services to immigrants and want to make sure Tri-City residents receive trustworthy legal advice and reliable help with completing their applications for naturalization. IIBA and EBNatz educate immigrants about their rights and responsibilities and represent immigrants in applications for legal status that U.S. law prescribes.
To learn more about IIBA and EBNatz, please visit the websites and . To register for the naturalization event, please go to or call (510) 451-2846 in English or Spanish, (510) 251-2846 in Chinese and (510) 894-3639 in Dari/Farsi. 

The Pre-College Bridge Program

Pictured l-r: Carolyn Robertson, SparkPoint Program Coordinator, Robert Domingo, SparkPoint Client, Camille SooHoo, Financial Coach, and Jane O'Hallaren, FRC Staff 

A new pre-college program that provides a supportive pathway to living wage careers was piloted at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education (The Fremont Adult School) from March- August of this year.  This pilot, called the Pre-College Bridge Program, is a collaboration of Growth Sector, the Ohlone College English and Mathematics Department leadership, the Fremont Adult and Continuing Education, and SparkPoint Fremont at the Fremont FRC. 

The goal is for adult students, upon completion of the Bridge program, to enter Ohlone prepared for college and career tracks, and gain the skills to pursue an education that will lead to sustainable wage careers in our growing local Medical, Bioscience and Technology sector companies. This program articulates directly to the Bio-Manufacturing Certificate as well as the Bio-Engineering A.S. degree. Another goal is for students to establish a consistent work ethic, build confidence in their math skills, and to ignite a passion for math and engineering.
Due to the success of the Pre-College Bridge as a pilot program, it will be offered again January - June, 2016. For more information about this program a ttend one of several information sessions.
Contact Fremont Adult & Continuing Education, Marina Gonzalez, for more information at 510-793-6465 or email to The  application deadline is Nov 20, 2015.

FRC Hosts Free Car Seat Safety Inspection
Are you expecting a baby and need help installing your car seat properly? Do you already have a child and want that extra assurance that your car seat has been installed properly? In  Alameda County more than 87% of children's car seats are used or installed incorrectly. The Fremont Family Resource Center, in partnership with Safe Kids Alameda County, is hosting a free Car Seat Inspection on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont. A certified child passenger Safety Technician will assist you to ensure that your children ride safely.  An appointment is required, so please call 510-618-1990 to reserve your spot.   
City of Fremont
Human Services Department
3300 Capitol Avenue
Fremont, CA 94537
(510) 574-2050

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Chinese Delegation
Visits Fremont
Arquimedes Caldera, HS Deputy Director, Receives Honor from Chinese Delegation
On July 23, the Human Services Department was proud to host another exchange with a delegation of 26 officials from the Hunan Province, China. The Delegation heard from HS Staff and learned about the U.S. governmental system, how services get funded and the types of services HS provides. This is quite different from the highly centralized Chinese system, and it was a wonderful opportunity to learn and share!
Family Resource Center (FRC) Events:
39155 Liberty Street
Fremont, CA 94537

Friday Sept 18
Downtown Date Night! 
Fun night with Fremont Street Eats, the gourmet food trucks, Vince Lombardi's trophies and an outdoor movie at 8pm - 'Remember the Titans' 
4:30 pm Food and Trophies on Liberty 
8:00 pm Movie in FRC parking lot   
Saturday Sept 19
FRC Citizenship Day
Eligibility screening, attorney consultation, citizenship workshop and application assistance.  Register in advance.
10am - 2pm
Register at or call 888-277-8608
FRC Caribbean Room
Saturday Sept 26
Free Car Seat Inspection 
87% of car seats are used or installed incorrectly.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help  you ensure your children ride safely.
10am - 12pm
Appointment Required
Call: Safe Kids, 618-2050
FRC Parking Lot

Thursday Sept 10
Start2Save Info Session
Save up to $500 & potentially earn up to $1,000 in matched savings. 
Call:  SparkPoint, 574-2026
FRC Pacific Room  
Thursday Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
SparkPoint Financial Services Info Session
Free financial services for low-income individuals who wish to strengthen their finances.
6-7 pm
Call: SparkPoint, 574-2020
FRC Millennium Room
Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 23, Dec 21
Debtors' Rights Clinic 
Are you being harassed or sued by creditors?  Need info on bankruptcy, foreclosure or wage garnishment claim of exemption?  Court date coming up?   Struggling after foreclosure?  Free info from Bay Area Legal Aid.
10am - 1pm
Call:  Jane, 574-2026
FRC Millennium Room
Wednesday Oct 14 or Oct 28
Volunteer Info Night for Tax Program
Do you like helping people or serving your community?  Come learn about the different volunteer positions needed for our free tax program.
Call:  Carolyn Robertson, 574-2003
FRC Pacific Room
Tuesday Nov 3
Peer Lending Info Session
Program helps you establish credit or increase your credit score.  Come find out how.
Call:  SparkPoint, 574-2020 
FRC Millennium Room
Tuesday Nov 10
Credit 101 Class
How to fix your credit report and increase your credit score.
Call:  SparkPoint, 574-2020 Ext 3
FRC Millennium Room
CalFresh/Food Stamp Application Help
Low income and need money for groceries?
Call for an appt.
Call: FRC 574-2000
FRC Suite #A110
Back Tax Preparation Service
Free tax assistance with filing back taxes, plus IRS advocacy and resolution
Call for an appt.
Call:   FRC 574-2020
FRC Suite #A110
Fremont Senior Center Events:
Fremont Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94537
Thursday Sept 10 
11 AM - Long Term Care Presentation, Legal Assistance for Seniors
Wednesday Sept 30
11:30 am -  Special Nonagenarian Lunch (People 90+ years old)
Thursday Oct 1 
11 am - Whole Brain Workshop (call to register)
Monday Oct 5 
10 am - Finding Wellness Classes (6 weekly classes)

Friday Oct 9
1 pm - Oktoberfest Birthday Party

Thursday Oct 29 
11 - 1 - Flu Shots

Friday Oct 30 
9-3 pm - Holiday Boutique

Thursday Nov 12 
9 am - Clipper Card Workshop

Tuesday Nov 24
12 noon - Thanksgiving Lunch
Friday Dec 11 
1 pm - Holiday Birthday Party with Handbell Choir (Prince of Peace)

Friday Dec 18                 
Noon - Santa Lunch

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