COMMUNITY BRIDGES

aka Child & Adult Care Food Program; Child Development Division; Elderday Adult Day Health; Familia Center; La Manzana Community Resources; Lift Line; Live Oak Family Resource Center; Meals on Wheels; Mountain Community Resources; Women, Infant & Children's Nutrition Program   |   Watsonville, CA   |  http://www.communitybridges.org

Mission

Community Bridges envisions a thriving community where every person has the opportunity to unleash their full potential. Together, our family of programs delivers essential services, provides equitable access to resources, and advocates for health and dignity across every stage of life. Our Family of 10 programs located at 20 sites include: Child Development Division, Child & Adult Care Food Program, Elderday Adult Day Health Care, Family Resource Collective (La Manzana, Live Oak, Mountain, and Nueva Vista), Lift Line, Meals, and Women, Infants & Children (WIC). We provide transportation, healthy food, senior daycare, early education, tutoring, health care, and classes in breastfeeding, parenting, and literacy. We provide these and other services without charge or at very low cost.

Ruling year info

1978

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Raymon Cancino

Main address

519 Main Street

Watsonville, CA 95076 USA

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EIN

94-2460211

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Health Support Services (E60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Bridges works to address a number of needs in our community. Overall we work to ensure that all people have access to the resources they need to thrive. In each of our 10 programs, this need is addressed differently. Our Lift Line transportation program address the issue of elders and folks living with disabilities not having rides to food and medical care. Our Elderday program addresses the daily health care and social needs of elderly patients. Meals on Wheels addresses the need for seniors to access healthy food and social connectedness. Our Women Infant and Children (WIC) program addresses the lack of healthy food and nutrition for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children.

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?

Child Development Division

The first five years of a child’s life are critical to their health and success. Our six centers provide nurturing and affordable early education. Child Development Division is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

A nutrition assistance program that reimburses food for licensed caregivers, providing healthy meals to support both children and adults in our community. CACFP is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Seniors

At Elderday, we provide high-quality day services for adults with complex medical conditions. Through our planned daily activities — like music, yoga, art and woodworking — we ensure Elderday is a fun, active and supportive community for everyone involved. Elderday is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the Live Oak community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. Live Oak Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Providing 80,000 door-to-door rides a year to seniors and people with disabilities; allowing these Central Coast residents to maintain their independence. Lift Line is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the Pajaro Valley community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. La Manzana Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Enhancing lives through healthy meals and friendly human contact. Nurturing elders at one of five dining sites, or meals delivered to the home. Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

The Beach Flats Community Center & Familia Center are now known as Nueva Vista Community Resources. Here, our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the Santa Cruz community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. Nueva Vista Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents, offering stability and hope for the future. Mountain Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

WIC is a safe place for families to receive a sense of hope, comfort and security, allowing women, infants and children to thrive. WIC is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2019

California Association of Nonprofits / Assemblyman Robert Rivas

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.

The goal of Community Bridges is to accomplish more for our community in the most efficient way possible. We know that while each of our 10 programs is remarkable on its own, together, we're unstoppable. Each year, we support more than 20,000 children, families and seniors throughout Santa Cruz County with a variety of diverse services catered to the individual needs of each person we serve.

Our diverse family of programs work together to meet the needs of vulnerable infants, children, and seniors. We do this through the work of our ten programs that operate in 20 locations throughout Santa Cruz County. These programs are grouped in the following focus areas:

CHILD & NUTRITION
Child Development Division - our experienced, bi-lingual teachers offer early education opportunities, developmental screenings, and family support at six centers throughout the county. Services are offered on a sliding scale, and subsidized care is available for qualifying families.

Child & Adult Care Food Program - a nutrition assistance program that ensures low-income children and adults attending licensed facilities receive healthy meals every day.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) provides education, food stamps, and breastfeeding support to more than 9,000 low-income pregnant women, infants and children each month, helping families thrive.

SENIORS AND TRANSPORTATION
Elderday Adult Day Health Care - the only program of its kind in Santa Cruz County, serving up to 80 elders and adults with physical, emotional, or cognitive impairments each day. It provides the services this vulnerable population needs to stay healthy and maintain the highest level of independence possible.

Lift Line - providing free door-to-door transportation to disabled or sick children, seniors, and disabled adults to medical appointments. This free service is available for low-income residents of Santa Cruz County, and transportation is available to locations as far as San Francisco.

Meals on Wheels - this program serves more than 600 meals per day to low-income, frail, elderly and disabled residents. With no required payment or waiting list, those in need can count on a warm meal at one of our five centers, or delivered straight to their doors.

FAMILY RESOURCE COLLECTIVE
Our Family Resource Collective works with individuals and families to build safe, healthy and compassionate communities through education, resources, and advocacy. It includes four centers:
1. La Manzana Community Resources (in Watsonville)
2. Live Oak Community Resources (in Live Oak)
3. Mountain Community Resources (in Felton)
4. Nueva Vista Community Resources (in the Beach Flats neighborhood of Santa Cruz)

With 40 years of experience serving the people of Santa Cruz County, we pride ourselves on providing the resources that lead to positive change in peoples' lives. Our agency is highly regarded an expert and trusted leader in the human services field.

Every day, our programs work collaboratively to build the safety net in our community and discover solutions to emerging issues. This structure also allows us to accomplish more at a lower cost. By sharing a fiscal, human resources, fundraising, and contracts department across all programs, we are able to achieve a low administrative overhead cost of just 7 percent.

In 1977, Community Bridges started as an emergency food program, serving warm to meals to the elderly, children and families. Since that time, we've evolved into one of the largest non-profits in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County is unique - from it's natural beauty, to the people who live here. We know that the best way to make positive change is to embrace those differences. And our ten programs do just that.

In 2017-2018 fiscal year, we provided our community with the following:
2,264,734 nutritious meals
82,885 food distributions
62,332 free, door-to-door rides for seniors and disabled residents
33,600 days of subsidized child care and early childhood education
17,569 days of medical and emotional support for seniors
3,773 hours of after-school and summer programs for youth
7,700 hours of one-on-one crisis support and advocacy
6,357 hours of parent education

We are proud of this work, but know there is always more to do. With your compassionate investment of money or time, you can join us in strengthening our entire community.

Financials

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Operations

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COMMUNITY BRIDGES

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shannon Bradley

Shannon Brady

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Jack Jacobson

Martín Bernal

City of Santa Cruz

Kenneth Barroga

Barroga & Associates

Pamela Fields

West Marine, Inc.

Sara Siegel

Santa Cruz County Probation Department

Lee Slaff

Commercial Investment Services

Stephanie Kent

Katy King

Nicolette Lee

Heather Lenhardt

Steven McKay

Casey Wu

Board leadership practices

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  • 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 12/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Disability