CRC News | 5.20.2021
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Community Resource Center supports the national movement to raise awareness and support behavioral health care all year long. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey or without the resources and support they need. See the resources below and know that you are not alone.
Early Prevention Matters
CRC provides prevention and education in our community to encourage healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. Our prevention educator, Luis Canseco, shares: "During our class with a group of young middle school boys, we discussed bullying and its effects. While sharing my own experiences being bullied as a kid, one of the boys got up, walked over to his peer, gave him his hand, and apologized for bullying him. We all felt the power of accountability and love."

Luis recently participated in a KPBS panel on the challenges of addressing mental health issues in Latinx culture. Listen on KPBS
Get Resources and Help
For resources during Mental Health Awareness Month, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

For help, call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI.

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.
CEO's Blog: An Essential Ingredient
From the Desk of John Van Cleef
"Cooking metaphors are a good way to describe something, and this is true most especially now, since so many of us have been cooking more at home and can relate to them. The gathering of ingredients, the preparation, the cooking itself and then the enjoyment of the final result..."
CRC Volunteers Recognized by Congressman Mike Levin
CRC volunteers regularly provide exemplary service to our community. In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month (April), Congressman Mike Levin recognized six CRC volunteers for their incredible support. Congratulations to Wyatt Beal, Anne Fujioka, Karen Koblentz, Patricia Moore, Mike and Janet Taetzch!
Partner Spotlight
Thank you for your generous support received in April:

Empowering Partners:
Gratitude Fund at Coastal Community Foundation
Las Patronas
The Jill and Darrell Shrader Philanthropic Fund

Sustaining Partners:
Ella and Han Helders

Supporting Partners:
Albertsons Vons Foundation
A Sweet Gift for Families at Our Shelter

Local Girl Scout, ILana, recognizes the big impact of small acts of kindness. For several years, she has asked her Girl Scout cookie customers to consider donating cookies to CRC's Carol's House shelter families. ILana shares, "It is my hope that each box of cookies purchased by a caring person helps the person who donated feel like they are making a difference and in return the families at Carol’s House feel that they are thought about by someone who thinks they are important."
Thank You, Encinitas Lions Club and Leos Club Members!

Thank you to members of the Encinitas Lions Club and the Encinitas-Carlsbad Leos Club, a youth program, who recently donated more than $1,000 of food items to CRC's food pantry! The young club members are also working on rehabbing the CRC pantry and adding new shelving to hold more food.

Pictured: From left, Anthony Esquibel, Encinitas Lions Club vice president and Leos adviser, with Leos Club members Piper Bailey, Bianca Miller and Armand Martinez shopping for food at Ralphs in Encinitas to donate to CRC.
Stamping Out Hunger

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive went virtual this year to continue to help alleviate hunger. Thank you to The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 2525, who donated $1,000 to support our Food & Nutrition program.

Pictured: Conrad Beck presenting a check to Yanira Frias, Food and Nutrition Manager, on behalf of the Letter Carriers’ Association.
Get Involved
Spring Cleaning? Our Resale Stores Are Open for Donations!
All three of our Resale Stores are now accepting gently-used or new donations! We are located in Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Marcos. Whether you donate or shop in our stores this spring, you help your community and change lives. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest!
Domestic Violence Advocate Training
June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021

Learn from this CRC training and the experts presenting on the dynamics, danger and effects of intimate partner violence in our society and how to support and empower survivors in their healing.
Shop with a Purpose at Art N Soul on 101
During the month of May, Art N Soul on 101 is donating a portion of their sales to Community Resource Center. Thank you to this Encinitas business for their support!

If you'd like to join us as a community give-back partner, please contact us at