Puente de la Costa Sur

Building a healthy, sustainable and inclusive South Coast community

aka Puente   |   Pescadero, CA   |  www.mypuente.org

Mission

Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente) is the only community resource center for the South Coast of San Mateo County. Puente advocates for our communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and promote individual and community health and wellness. We support local leaders and work together to create solutions for the challenges facing our diverse population. Puente works to build a healthy, sustainable and inclusive South Coast community

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Rita Mancera

Main address

PO Box 554

Pescadero, CA 94060 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

37-1484262

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the region’s only Community Resource Center, Puente serves the San Mateo County South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for our communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness. We support local leaders and work together with our neighbors creating solutions for our diverse communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Resource Center for the South Coast

Puente provides services to families and individuals on the South Coast through the following program:
Education for All, Health and wellness, Community Development and Advocacy

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Awards

Citizen of the Year Award 2014

Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce

Community Organization of Year 2011

12th Annual San Mateo County Birthday Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2017)

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Puente provides hot meals at many of its programs, including to toddlers, children at childcare, youth, families, and singles.

Number of hot meals served or provided to farmworkers.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Puente provides hot meals to farmworkers twice each week at its La Sala (community living room) program. It is Puente's oldest program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To realize its bold vision, Puente seeks to affect the following four long-term outcomes:

Fair policies and practices in employment, housing, transportation and food security for South Coast residents

Educational equity in South Coast communities

Reduced health disparities for South Coast residents

Community and family resilience and well-being

Leadership Development and Advocacy

Lifelong Learning for Children, Youth and Adults

Healthcare Education and Enrollment

Holistic, Culturally Appropriate Behavioral Health Services

Puente's offices, next to Pescadero Elementary School, as well as a satellite office in La Honda, put us squarely at the center of community life. Puente has created a network of public and private services that has led to greater self-sufficiency for the region's residents, and is able to respond to immediate and emerging needs with flexible, on-the-spot problem solving. Puente has secured new county support, including more county staff on the ground to assist with enrollment in safety net, health and nutrition programs. Puente has seized opportunities and created partnerships among diverse private and public institutions to extend jobs, small business opportunities, literacy programs, and parenting support, to our isolated communities.

Puente has a more than 21-year history of successfully managing contracts with a host of public and private agencies, ranging from numerous County grants (including the Project SUCCESS to partnerships with school districts, health care and housing providers, and numerous contracts with private foundations.

Puente's bilingual/bicultural staff allows the organization to work with and connect those in need in the region, regardless of background, including but not limited to individuals with co-occurring mental health, and substance abuse issues, as well as an array of other mental health and/or social service needs. Nearly all Puente staff and board live in our service area, which provides unique insights into our work.

In rural communities, like the South Coast, rising rates of poverty and unemployment, along with the risk factors inherent in rural life – isolation, scarcity of services, weather conditions and behavioral problems such as domestic violence and alcohol and substance abuse – has led to a higher need for human services and safety net programs. Studies have shown that besides the distance/weather/ transportation barriers for rural low income individuals to services, a lack of awareness or willingness to go beyond their informal networks for help can also create barriers to participation. Like many rural areas, South Coast residents have limited to or no access to human services. According to the February 2010 RUPRI Rural Human Services Panel report, a “place-based framework" to providing the necessary integrated services approach for providing services to residents in rural communities has been shown to be highly effective reaching diverse local residents. Puente, as the single point of entry for services on the South Coast, utilizes this integrated services approach to be a resource for all South Coast residents in need of assistance.

Financials

Puente de la Costa Sur
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Puente de la Costa Sur

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Velligan

Retired Vice-President of RED Team Genentech

Rosa Gomez

Cristobal Cruz

Mark Velligan

Eleanor Palacios

Carl Serrato

Sandra McKay

Jorge De Luna

Martine Habib

Elizabeth Atkins

Osvaldo Martinez

Gabriel Garcia

Suzanne Abel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.