Human Services

Partners for Change Tri-Valley

Quick Facts

Livermore, CA


We empower people to break the cycle of poverty and build a life of self-sufficiency. We started as an answer to the root causes of poverty. Rather than address the symptoms of situational or generational poverty, we came together to empower people with life skills like communication, budgeting, and goal setting keeping an eye on self-reliance.

Ruling Year



Richard Hayes

Executive Director

Shana Peete

Main Address

4743 East Ave.

Livermore, CA 94550 USA


human services, homelessness prevention, education, mentoring, advocacy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Our group saw the need to address poverty and housing instability in Livermore, California, a city of 90,000 people, and in the surrounding Tri-Valley area, population 300,000, located 30 miles southeast of Oakland, California. In the last decade, the population in the Tri-Valley has grown 29% and job growth has been 35%. However, wage growth for the bottom third of incomes has grown 1% over 15 years, far less than inflation. Almost no new apartments have been built in Livermore for decades. As a result of these factors, the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment has risen to $2,560/month. Housing cost in Livermore is now 432% of the national average. These factors combine to create an unstable, stressful life for many of the local working poor. Many have been or are houseless, or without healthcare, or transportation. While other local non-profits offer temporary housing or employment counseling. Research indicates more success through a longer term, holistic approach.

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Partners for change

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Charting Impact

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Our overarching goals are to reduce and prevent housing instability. Improve the health and income of our clients in the Tri-Valley area. Our goals for implementation of above are: - Find people in the Tri-Valley who are living in poverty, but are already motivated to improve their standard of living. These are people who do not currently have a substance abuse or mental health issue. - Teach a life skills curriculum created by NETworX, concurrently to Clients and Community Mentors - Build intentional, long term relationships between Clients and Community Mentors - Set individual specific goals, both Clients and Community Mentors and meet face to face for regular follow up and support of everyone's goals - Assist the Clients in finding the resources they need to escape poverty

Our strategy for empowering people to chart their course out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency, is: Find motivated people in the Tri-Valley who are living in poverty via a network of contacts that interact with these people. This network includes schools, police departments, other local non-profits and faith-based organizations. Provide Clients and Community Mentors with a 14 to 20 week program of life skills via a program developed by NETworX. Form partnerships between a Client and 2 to 4 Community Mentors. Provide weekly meetings after graduation from the life skill program focused on goal development, goal progress, and other relevant topics for our Clients and Community Mentors. Develop and fund a Spanish language version of our program in Livermore. Obtain stable funding of our program though a mixture of individual donations and grants from foundations, government agencies, faith-based and civic organizations.

Partners for Change capabilities include: - A unique approach and program materials, first proven in other communities, and now in ours - A full time Executive Director who has successful launched and led the organization for 3 years and though 4 program cycles - A diverse, motivated board of directors with a complementary set of skills and community connections - Approximately 100 trained, experienced community mentors - An engaged mayor, city council and police department, supportive civic and faith-based organizations - Program support from NETworX, the originator of our organization’s program

We measure the performance of our program by both: - Number of clients and community volunteers that receive life skills training and form mentoring relationships - Quantifiable outcomes for the clients: - Housing situations improved - Better jobs obtained - Healthcare services obtained Results will be published in our annual report, available on our website. There are also significant short and long term economic benefits to the community. Not quantified, these include: - Reduction of non-violent crime and legal system expense - Reduction in cost of healthcare - Reduction of unemployment costs - Reduction in cost of temporary assistance to needy families and individuals - Increase in employment and sales taxes paid

We are encouraged by the results of our first three years. Six months after the core group of community members decided to create this new affiliate of the proven NETworX program, we started our first life skills training class with Clients and Community Mentors. As of October, 2018, we have completed the training of four classes. Community Mentors have developed long term relationships with each Clients. Their partnership groups meet, typically weekly, at their chosen location and time to discuss progress towards goals and to give support to each other. We have established a local network of human service providers. Our network has provided housing, medical care, job opportunities and counseling services to our Clients. Our key quantified results are: 37 Clients have graduated from the life skill training 8 Moved on to favorable arrangements prior to graduation 17 Gained housing or improved their housing situation 13 Gained employment or improved their employment situation 100 Community Mentors have been trained and support program activities

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