Alcance

ALCANCE is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB). It was created in 2014 as a result of the merging of two of the agency's successful employment programs; the Community Restoration Project (CRP) and the Women Ventures Project (WVP).

ELIGIBILITY: low-inc...

Cabrillo College Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Center promotes career development by connecting students and alumni with employers in the community, including many departments on the Cabrillo campus. We offer the Seahawk online Job Board, job fairs, networking opportunities, workshops and individual career coaching for ...

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and inde...

CalJOBS

The CalJOBS system is California's online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate the state's workforce services. The enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build resumes, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, and gather informatio...

CapitolaCareer Center

We offer free employment services open to the public at all four of our Career Centers. We have all the resources you need to help you find a job that complements your abilities and interests.

Work with trained staff to polish your resume, write a winning cover letter, and practice for...

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, a...

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services benefit job seekers laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disab...

Santa Cruz City Human Resources Department

The Human Resources team offers support services for City departments and employees including:
Recruitment
Benefits
Employee Relations
Equal Employment Opportunity
Employee Development
Volunteer Opportunities

AREAS SERVED: City of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County Personnel Department

The Employment Services Division of the Personnel Department is responsible for the County's recruitment, testing and selection program for County departments. The division provides oversight and guidance to County departments on hiring procedures and protocols. Employment Services is also re...

Workforce Santa Cruz County Full Service Career Center at Watsonville

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of 3 (three) conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Wo...

Alcance

ALCANCE is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB). It was created in 2014 as a result of the merging of two of the agency's successful employment programs; the Community Restoration Project (CRP) and the Women Ventures Project (WVP).

ELIGIBILITY: low-inc...

Cabrillo Extension

We offer a variety of workshops and classes to the community for your personal and professional growth and enjoyment.

Examples: Creative Arts, Health/Fitness, Business & Career, Computers, Online classes, Money, Investment & Estate Planning, History & Nature, Photography,...

California Conservation Corps Monterey Bay Center

The CCC works for a wide range of project sponsors throughout California, including state agencies, federal agencies, city and county agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

We are a nonresidential program, so the Monterey Bay Center in Watsonville is ...

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and inde...

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, a...

Diamond Technology Institute

Diamond Tech blends academic and career technical education.

ELIGIBILITY: Must be enrolled in high school or post secondary special education program. Need parent consent if under 18.

FUNDING SOURCE: State Dept. of Education, Pajaro School District, State Dept. of Rehabili...

Homeless Garden Project

The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are experiencing homelessness. HGP's vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. The programs take place in our 3...

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. CTEP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) acc...

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

More than 150 years ago, the citizens of California, through the State Constitution and State Legislature created a three-level system of public education. While regulations, funding, and fundamental policies are established at the State level, the day-to-day delivery of instruction is the respon...

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education is a Pearson-VUE Testing Center, the only one in Santa Cruz County. We are currently located at the Green Valley Center and offer the 2014 GED test and other California Teacher Credential Exams such as the RICA, CBEST, CPACE, CSET, and CTEL. All tests ...

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and inde...

CapitolaCareer Center

We offer free employment services open to the public at all four of our Career Centers. We have all the resources you need to help you find a job that complements your abilities and interests.

Work with trained staff to polish your resume, write a winning cover letter, and practice for...

Diamond Technology Institute

Diamond Tech blends academic and career technical education.

ELIGIBILITY: Must be enrolled in high school or post secondary special education program. Need parent consent if under 18.

FUNDING SOURCE: State Dept. of Education, Pajaro School District, State Dept. of Rehabili...

Workforce Santa Cruz County Full Service Career Center at Watsonville

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of 3 (three) conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Wo...

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and inde...

Hope Services - Santa Cruz District

Provides training and support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, autism and cerebral palsy. Client services are at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Offers job training, personal living skills training, community employment services, day programs, soc...

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc.

VRSI provides a wide range of free employment services for veterans.

The purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. (VRSI) is to provide courteous, quality and professional services designed to assist eligible veterans, service members, and other individuals to attain their ...

California Adult Education Program

WASCE has multiple educational opportunities for adults, including pathways to jobs and careers, GED testing, citizenship classes, driver's education and computer classes, medical and business field courses.

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and inde...

Catholic Charities Watsonville Office

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey was organized in 1983 for the purpose of helping the working poor and the vulnerable who often times do not fit within the usual system.

Santa Cruz Office - Serving Santa Cruz County
610 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-...

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, a...

Central Coast Center for Independent Living

CCCIL promotes the independence of people with disabilities by supporting their equal and full participation in life. CCCIL provides advocacy, education, and support to people with disabilities, their families, and the community. We’re one of a nationwide network of Centers for Independent Living...

Child Development Resource Center

The CDRC enriches the overall health and vitality of our community by sharing expertise and resources with a child's first teachers - families and the providers who care for and educate children outside the home. CDRC is one of the major sources of information regarding supply, demand and cos...

Community Action Board

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz, Inc. (CAB) is celebrating over 50 years of Community Action! CAB operates 6 programs assisting close to 10,000 low-income people with emergency, sustaining/self sufficiency services and serves an additional 7,000+ with requests for information and referra...

Dientes Community Dental Clinic

Our mission is to create lasting oral health for the under-served children and adults in Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities. Dientes provides bilingual care at two full-time clinics (Santa Cruz and Watsonville) and two part-time clinics (Beach Flats and Homeless Services Center) as par...

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services benefit job seekers laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disab...

Employment Development Department Veterans Services

The Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.

A job center that may provide one or more employment...

Encompass Community Services

Encompass Community Services (formerly Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center), a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been serving Santa Cruz County since 1973.

At Encompass Community Services we provide our community with a wide range of services related to family & so...

Families in Transition

Families In Transition works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A variety of housing strategies are provided to support families in securing safe and stable homes for their families. A range of opportunities are available ...

Goodwill Central Coast

Your local Goodwill chapter, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. We now employ over 600 people and our programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the...

Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz County

The Health Services Agency (HSA) exists to protect and improve the health of the people who live within Santa Cruz County. Provides health education, advocacy, planning, and clinical services designed to promote and protect the health of the community.

Human Services Department County of Santa Cruz

The Human Services Department offers a wide range of programs and services to the Santa Cruz County community. The department provides safety net services to meet the basic needs of individuals and families, ensures the protection of children, the elderly, and dependent adults, and provides job ...

La Manzana Community Resources

La Manzana Community Resources is a neighborhood and community-based center where families can receive a broad range of direct services, as well as information and referrals to other programs that may be of assistance to their specific needs.

Live Oak Community Resources

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.

Mountain Community Resources

Mountain Community Resources (MCR) is a local family resource center that has been serving the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley communities since 1982. We offer a network of programs and services designed to help people thrive. We work directly with individuals and families to build a strong ...

Nueva Vista Community Resources

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 i...

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

Founded in 1989, Loaves and Fishes is a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among working poor families, farm workers, and elderly, disabled and homeless individuals of the Pajaro Valley. We help sustain the lives of thousands of individuals by assisting them with nutriti...

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, counseling and prevention services to students, families and staff in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. PVPSA provides services to help prevent criminal behavior, ga...

Peninsula Family Services

Peninsula Family Service provides comprehensive services that support individuals and families at various stages of life. Originally a small organization founded in 1950, Peninsula Family Service has grown to recognize the need for innovative, professionally-led, locally-targeted solutions to sec...

Salud Para La Gente

Salud focuses on providing cost-effective, high quality primary health care to the underserved low-income communities, in the Monterey Bay area, primarily Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County.

Our clinics are staffed by a team of health care professionals who work together to gu...

Salvation Army Corps Community Center

Provides a variety of emergency material assistance programs providing food, clothing, energy assistance as well as character building for youth and adults. Worship services are in English and Spanish.

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. CTEP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) acc...

Santa Cruz County Housing Authority

Call Center Hours:
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 4:30 PM
Fridays from 8:00 to 12:00 PM.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz provides affordable housing to thousands of low-income individuals and families in our community each year.

The Housi...

Santa Cruz/San Benito County Regional Department of Child Support Services

The Department provides a variety of child support services to help parents fulfill their responsibilities to their child(ren) including: establishing parentage, locating parents, obtaining child support and medical support orders, enforcing medical support orders, modifying existing child suppor...

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank has a network of 200 member agencies and direct service programs providing groceries, fresh produce, and prepared meals throughout Santa Cruz County. Call the Community Food Hotline at (831) 662-0991 for the most up-to-date information about the dates and times of food di...

Student Resource & Support Network

Student Resource & Support Network is a dynamic student services program serving low income, unemployed and under-employed Cabrillo students. SRSN provides advocacy and supportive services, and promotes student success in achieving career advancement leading to financial self-sufficiency.

Watsonville Law Center

The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals on California’s Central Coast. We believe that everyone benefits when the most vulnerable among us thrive, and that a holistic collaborative approach is most effective. We focus on legal problems with long-ter...

Workforce Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of three conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Workfo...

Youth Homeless Response Team

The youth Homeless Response Team is a collaborative effort between the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. This supportive services program aims to serve unaccompanied youth between the ages of 15-24 who are experiencing housing instability.<...

Alcance

ALCANCE is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB). It was created in 2014 as a result of the merging of two of the agency's successful employment programs; the Community Restoration Project (CRP) and the Women Ventures Project (WVP).

ELIGIBILITY: low-income youth and adults

Mission

The mission of ALCANCE is to provide youth and adults with employment services, work skills development and community engagement. We honor and serve those who are under-resourced, at-risk or involved in the justice system. The ALCANCE program offers opportunities for low-income youth and adults to improve their quality of life and to reach their full potential through employment services, leadership development and meaningful community engagement.

Programs

Some programs include:

Work With Us
SmartHIRE
Jails to Jobs
Papas
Day Worker Center
Young Creative Job Seekers
Sueños
Project Thrive
Job Training and Mentorship Program

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Cabrillo College Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Center promotes career development by connecting students and alumni with employers in the community, including many departments on the Cabrillo campus. We offer the Seahawk online Job Board, job fairs, networking opportunities, workshops and individual career coaching for reviewing resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and job search support. We also provide and process paperwork for on-campus employment.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services. We believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We invest in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. We ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups. We pursue excellence through continuous improvement. We preserve the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a significant disability who needs help to become employed. People with severe disabilities are given first priority.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

CalJOBS

The CalJOBS system is California's online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate the state's workforce services. The enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build resumes, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, and gather information on education and training programs.

Programs

Job Seekers can:
Create and upload multiple versions of their resume tailored to specific jobs or career paths.
Customize and conduct job searches.
Set up alerts for job openings - either via email or text message.
Apply for job openings.
Research prospective employers.
Make customized resumes viewable to prospective employers.
Use the mobile application. Available in the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.

Employers can:
Post job openings.
Browse resumes.
Keep their employee search organized.
Expand their search to find good candidates for their companies.

Areas Served
  • California

CapitolaCareer Center

We offer free employment services open to the public at all four of our Career Centers. We have all the resources you need to help you find a job that complements your abilities and interests.

Work with trained staff to polish your resume, write a winning cover letter, and practice for your interview.
Gain a competitive edge with typing and computer skill certifications.

Never miss a job opening with our up-to-date job boards, job search workshops, and job fairs.

We work closely with our community partners and can refer you to programs based on your specific needs and interests. We even offer training opportunities for in-demand positions and subsidized employment, opening up more possibilities for your career.

Each career center is equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, printers, fax machines, and phones—everything you need to get your job search started. We have Spanish-speaking staff, and the Career Centers are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, and job placement assistance. CET is now offering hybrid classes and a night program from 4:30-10:00pm. Participants have the opportunity to obtain VESL and pre-GED instruction alongside training. Supportive services, financial aid, and financial literacy workshops are available as well.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services benefit job seekers laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities. Facility is equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, printers, and a fax machine for job search.

Mission

The Employment Development Department enhances California’s economic growth and prosperity by collaboratively delivering valuable and innovative services to meet the evolving needs of employers, workers, and job seekers.

Programs

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program provides assistance to workers who are laid off as a result of increased imports or shift in production to foreign countries. This Federally funded program offers employment training, job search allowances, and relocation allowances to eligible individuals.

Unemployment Insurance pays benefits to workers who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own and meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Areas Served
  • California

Santa Cruz City Human Resources Department

The Human Resources team offers support services for City departments and employees including:
Recruitment
Benefits
Employee Relations
Equal Employment Opportunity
Employee Development
Volunteer Opportunities

AREAS SERVED: City of Santa Cruz

Mission

As a resource and trusted advisor, we strive to cultivate an inspiring, fulfilling work environment that attracts and engages a talented workforce.

Areas Served
  • City of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County Personnel Department

The Employment Services Division of the Personnel Department is responsible for the County's recruitment, testing and selection program for County departments. The division provides oversight and guidance to County departments on hiring procedures and protocols. Employment Services is also responsible for recruiting, bilingual proficiency testing, and oversight of decentralized recruitment activities for the Human Services Department and Department of Public Works. The Employment Services Division manages the County's employee transfer, re-employment and recall programs. This division is also responsible for placement of displaced or laid off County employees.

Mission

In collaboration with our customers, we will recruit, develop, support, and retain an ethical, professional, and diverse workforce dedicated to serving the community.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County Full Service Career Center at Watsonville

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of 3 (three) conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Workforce Santa Cruz County is overseen by the County of Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board (Santa Cruz WDB).

ELIGIBILITY: available to the entire community-businesses, job seekers, youth, and the general public at no charge.

Programs

Services for Business

On-the-Job Training reimbursement of up to 3-6 months of trainee's salary to place job seekers in permanent, full-time employment.
Applicant Recruitment and Screening to help your business fill its open jobs.
Employee Retention Services is a confidential service through the Small Business Development Center to assist business to keep doors open and retain employees.
Training Existing Staff funds to cover the costs to train existing employees.
Referrals to partner services.
Additional recruitment and retention services are available at CalJOBS.


Services for Job Seekers

Career Counseling to help you secure your next job;
Online job postings;
Occupational training in high demand occupations with projected job growth;
On-the-Job training;
Online training;
Self-service computers for job search;
Job search workshops;
Access to EDD Unemployment Insurance phone lines.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Alcance

ALCANCE is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB). It was created in 2014 as a result of the merging of two of the agency's successful employment programs; the Community Restoration Project (CRP) and the Women Ventures Project (WVP).

ELIGIBILITY: low-income youth and adults

Mission

The mission of ALCANCE is to provide youth and adults with employment services, work skills development and community engagement. We honor and serve those who are under-resourced, at-risk or involved in the justice system. The ALCANCE program offers opportunities for low-income youth and adults to improve their quality of life and to reach their full potential through employment services, leadership development and meaningful community engagement.

Programs

Some programs include:

Work With Us
SmartHIRE
Jails to Jobs
Papas
Day Worker Center
Young Creative Job Seekers
Sueños
Project Thrive
Job Training and Mentorship Program

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Cabrillo Extension

We offer a variety of workshops and classes to the community for your personal and professional growth and enjoyment.

Examples: Creative Arts, Health/Fitness, Business & Career, Computers, Online classes, Money, Investment & Estate Planning, History & Nature, Photography, Culinary, Green, Home & Garden, Professional Development, Healthcare, Cabrillo for Kids, Music and Dance, Writing and personal Growth.


We also provide Corporate Training to local businesses for management and employees. See our Corporate Training website
http://cabrillo.edu/services/corporate/

ELIGIBILITY: Classes are for adults aged 16 and up, unless otherwise specified. Register on our website, by phone, fax, mail or in person.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

California Conservation Corps Monterey Bay Center

The CCC works for a wide range of project sponsors throughout California, including state agencies, federal agencies, city and county agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

We are a nonresidential program, so the Monterey Bay Center in Watsonville is primarily administrative offices, classroom space and storage for vehicles, tools and other supplies.

We have 80 corpsmembers on five crews in two different communities. Our crews in Watsonville and San Jose provide resource conservation work such as trail construction, wetland habitat restoration and fire hazard fuel reduction.

The fifth crew is a weatherization crew which trains with Central Coast Energy Services to provide weatherization improvements for low-income residents in several cities.

ELIGIBILITY: Ages 18-25, not on parole or probation, California residents and willing to work hard.

Programs

Corpsmembers tackle a range of natural resource projects, from working on the beach next to the Pacific Ocean to maintaining trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Los Padres National Forest and on the Big Sur coast.

Areas Served
  • California (Central)
  • Santa Cruz County

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services. We believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We invest in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. We ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups. We pursue excellence through continuous improvement. We preserve the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a significant disability who needs help to become employed. People with severe disabilities are given first priority.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, and job placement assistance. CET is now offering hybrid classes and a night program from 4:30-10:00pm. Participants have the opportunity to obtain VESL and pre-GED instruction alongside training. Supportive services, financial aid, and financial literacy workshops are available as well.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Diamond Technology Institute

Diamond Tech blends academic and career technical education.

ELIGIBILITY: Must be enrolled in high school or post secondary special education program. Need parent consent if under 18.

FUNDING SOURCE: State Dept. of Education, Pajaro School District, State Dept. of Rehabilitation

Mission

The Mission of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is to educate and to support learners in reaching their highest potential. We prepare students to pursue successful futures and to make positive contributions to the community and the global society.

Programs

Career Pathways:
Business Management
Engineering Design
Design, Visual & Media Arts
Agri-Science

Diamond Technology Institute is now a Design Thinking high school and is listed in the Design Thinking in Schools Directory which is a K-12 partnership with Stanford University's design school. We are the only high school in Santa Cruz county with this distinction.

Extended Learning

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County

Homeless Garden Project

The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are experiencing homelessness. HGP's vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. The programs take place in our 3-acre organic farm and related enterprises.

Store Location:
30 West Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Monday-Friday
11 am-4 pm

Farm Location:
Shaffer Road at Delaware Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tuesday-Sunday
10am-4 pm

Mission

In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. CTEP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education offered in cooperation with county high school districts and the local business community provides job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs). CTEP works closely with local employers and many classes offer on-the-job training and internships. While there is no formal placement process, follow-up studies of our students indicate program finishers have a high rate of job placement.

ELIGIBILITY: Job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs)

FEES: Registration, books and materials fees for adults.

Mission

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career and technical skills and to prepare for life-long learning and success in the changing workplace.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

More than 150 years ago, the citizens of California, through the State Constitution and State Legislature created a three-level system of public education. While regulations, funding, and fundamental policies are established at the State level, the day-to-day delivery of instruction is the responsibility of over 1,000 local districts in California. At the intermediate level of the public education system, the 58 county offices provide a support infrastructure for local schools and districts. They also must fulfill State mandates to audit school district budgets, register teacher credentials, complete employee background checks, certify school attendance records, and develop countywide programs to service special student populations.

Mission

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is a public agency whose purpose is to provide educational leadership, resources and services to schools to ensure quality educational opportunities for all students.

Programs

Direct instructional programs are offered through special education, alternative education and Regional Occupational Programs.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education is a Pearson-VUE Testing Center, the only one in Santa Cruz County. We are currently located at the Green Valley Center and offer the 2014 GED test and other California Teacher Credential Exams such as the RICA, CBEST, CPACE, CSET, and CTEL. All tests are completed on computers. We have expanded testing opportunities for students by adding more computers to the testing center.

Call us at the Green Valley Center at (831)786-2160 or at the Santa Cruz Center at (831)429-3966 for details.

Santa Cruz Center
319 La Fonda Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (831) 429-3966
Fax: (831) 429-3061

Institute of Language and Culture
320 Rodriguez Street
Watsonville CA 95076
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Phone: (831) 786-8225
Fax: (831) 786-9420

Programs

Please visit the WASCAE Programs Tab on the website to view the full list of courses and programs.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services. We believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We invest in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. We ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups. We pursue excellence through continuous improvement. We preserve the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a significant disability who needs help to become employed. People with severe disabilities are given first priority.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

CapitolaCareer Center

We offer free employment services open to the public at all four of our Career Centers. We have all the resources you need to help you find a job that complements your abilities and interests.

Work with trained staff to polish your resume, write a winning cover letter, and practice for your interview.
Gain a competitive edge with typing and computer skill certifications.

Never miss a job opening with our up-to-date job boards, job search workshops, and job fairs.

We work closely with our community partners and can refer you to programs based on your specific needs and interests. We even offer training opportunities for in-demand positions and subsidized employment, opening up more possibilities for your career.

Each career center is equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, printers, fax machines, and phones—everything you need to get your job search started. We have Spanish-speaking staff, and the Career Centers are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Diamond Technology Institute

Diamond Tech blends academic and career technical education.

ELIGIBILITY: Must be enrolled in high school or post secondary special education program. Need parent consent if under 18.

FUNDING SOURCE: State Dept. of Education, Pajaro School District, State Dept. of Rehabilitation

Mission

The Mission of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is to educate and to support learners in reaching their highest potential. We prepare students to pursue successful futures and to make positive contributions to the community and the global society.

Programs

Career Pathways:
Business Management
Engineering Design
Design, Visual & Media Arts
Agri-Science

Diamond Technology Institute is now a Design Thinking high school and is listed in the Design Thinking in Schools Directory which is a K-12 partnership with Stanford University's design school. We are the only high school in Santa Cruz county with this distinction.

Extended Learning

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County Full Service Career Center at Watsonville

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of 3 (three) conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Workforce Santa Cruz County is overseen by the County of Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board (Santa Cruz WDB).

ELIGIBILITY: available to the entire community-businesses, job seekers, youth, and the general public at no charge.

Programs

Services for Business

On-the-Job Training reimbursement of up to 3-6 months of trainee's salary to place job seekers in permanent, full-time employment.
Applicant Recruitment and Screening to help your business fill its open jobs.
Employee Retention Services is a confidential service through the Small Business Development Center to assist business to keep doors open and retain employees.
Training Existing Staff funds to cover the costs to train existing employees.
Referrals to partner services.
Additional recruitment and retention services are available at CalJOBS.


Services for Job Seekers

Career Counseling to help you secure your next job;
Online job postings;
Occupational training in high demand occupations with projected job growth;
On-the-Job training;
Online training;
Self-service computers for job search;
Job search workshops;
Access to EDD Unemployment Insurance phone lines.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services. We believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We invest in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. We ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups. We pursue excellence through continuous improvement. We preserve the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a significant disability who needs help to become employed. People with severe disabilities are given first priority.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Hope Services - Santa Cruz District

Provides training and support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, autism and cerebral palsy. Client services are at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Offers job training, personal living skills training, community employment services, day programs, social activities, independent living support and more.

Mission

Hope Services' Mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

Programs

Senior Services:
Established in 1984, the Senior Program provides leisure, recreational, social, and health-related activities for adults ages 45 and up with developmental disabilities.
Mauna Loa Morris, Aptos Senior Services Manager
mmorris@hopeservices.org 831-662-8708

Hope's Tailored Day Service is a unique opportunity for individuals who are regional center clients to pursue post-secondary education, develop or maintain employment or volunteer opportunities, or to simply increase their ability to lead integrated and inclusive lives in their community. The service design will include fewer days and hours than a traditional day program, but allows for greater flexibility and intense focus on a person's life goals.
Sally French
District Director Santa Cruz
sfrench@hopeservices.org
Phone: 831-600-1502

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc.

VRSI provides a wide range of free employment services for veterans.

The purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. (VRSI) is to provide courteous, quality and professional services designed to assist eligible veterans, service members, and other individuals to attain their maximum vocational potential. VRSI provides multiple services including vocational counseling, vocational evaluation, and employment services.

AREAS SERVED: VRSI provides services in the following California counties:
Alameda, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz
Services available in other locations through special arrangement.

Programs

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluation

Employment Services

Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP)
and Female Veteran & Veterans with Families (FVVWF)

VRSI provides training and employment services for veterans. If you need work we can help. VRSI will assist in every step of the way to place into employment and assist you with upto $400.00 in employment supportive assistance. Once we get you a job we can help with the purchase of uniform, shoes, boots, gas to get you to work, bus pass, and many other similar iteMS.

Areas Served
  • See Description Notes

California Adult Education Program

WASCE has multiple educational opportunities for adults, including pathways to jobs and careers, GED testing, citizenship classes, driver's education and computer classes, medical and business field courses.

Mission

The mission of Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education is to advance our community's academic achievement, language development, vocational skills and employment by preparing adult learners to become productive, responsible individuals.

Programs

Adult Education courses are structured into pathways leading toward jobs and careers. Classes are offered in six areas:

1. Adult Basic Education
2. Adult Secondary Education
3. General Education Development (GED)
4. English as a second language learning
5. Career Technical Education
6. Fee supported Programs (i.e.: Driver’s Education, CPR, Spanish)

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services. We believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We invest in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. We ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups. We pursue excellence through continuous improvement. We preserve the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a significant disability who needs help to become employed. People with severe disabilities are given first priority.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Catholic Charities Watsonville Office

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey was organized in 1983 for the purpose of helping the working poor and the vulnerable who often times do not fit within the usual system.

Santa Cruz Office - Serving Santa Cruz County
610 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-431-6939

Mission

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey is providing help and creating hope. We help people of all cultures and beliefs rise up out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency. Because most lives are a complex pattern of choices and circumstances, we take a holistic approach to helping people change their lives, taking into account the whole person as well as the family and life situation.

Programs

Family Supportive Services: offers two comprehensive financial stability programs, a long term Pathway to Stability, and a short term program Hope in Home. Both programs implement four main evidence based interventions: a) in depth assessment, b) case management, c) direct financial aid for rent and/or utilities, d) financial education, and e)referrals to community programs. Other supportive services: application assistance for CalFresh and Covered California and Nutrition Education.

Immigration & Citizenship: We provide assistance and guidance for those who struggle in achieving lawful permanent residency and those who wish to become citizens of our nation.

Tattoo Removal Program-Our program helps remove barriers to viable employment and broaden economic and social opportunities for individuals committed to change the direction of their lives. The non-age limits and low fees provide access to this otherwise highly expensive treatment.

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Cruz County

Center for Employment Training

CET Watsonville offers vocational training and certification in high-demand fields optimally chosen to meet local labor market needs. All programs are accredited and include not only hands-on training in a workplace-simulating environment, but also basic academics, like math, human development, and job placement assistance. CET is now offering hybrid classes and a night program from 4:30-10:00pm. Participants have the opportunity to obtain VESL and pre-GED instruction alongside training. Supportive services, financial aid, and financial literacy workshops are available as well.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Central Coast Center for Independent Living

CCCIL promotes the independence of people with disabilities by supporting their equal and full participation in life. CCCIL provides advocacy, education, and support to people with disabilities, their families, and the community. We’re one of a nationwide network of Centers for Independent Living whose philosophy is that we who have disabilities have the right to control our lives and make our own choices.

Programs

Information and Referral
Individual and Systems Change Advocacy
Benefits Assistance
Housing Assistance
Personal Assistance Services
Peer Support
Independent Living Skills Training
Assistive Technology
Benefits Counseling
Outreach and Education

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County

Child Development Resource Center

The CDRC enriches the overall health and vitality of our community by sharing expertise and resources with a child's first teachers - families and the providers who care for and educate children outside the home. CDRC is one of the major sources of information regarding supply, demand and cost of early care and education in Santa Cruz County. This current data helps shape and improve quality child care services.

For Families, we provide:
-A list of child care options based on the needs of the family
-Information on child care regulations, licensing standards, the cost of child care and resources for family support
-Information on selecting quality child care, understanding healthy child development and effective parenting strategies
-Advocacy to state and national policymakers and legislators to urge support for children's issues

For Providers, we offer:
-A listing in our child care referral database
-Ongoing professional training and development opportunities
-Assistance and resources for business, child care and regulatory needs and incentives
-Quarterly data reports
-Advocacy to state policymakers and legislators to support and enhance the child care and education profession

For Communities, we provide:
-Child care supply and demand data and statistics
-Support and advocacy to citizens, professionals and organizations to promote and enhance the quality of care and education of young children

Mission

Serving those who care for and educate young children.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Community Action Board

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz, Inc. (CAB) is celebrating over 50 years of Community Action! CAB operates 6 programs assisting close to 10,000 low-income people with emergency, sustaining/self sufficiency services and serves an additional 7,000+ with requests for information and referrals. Over three quarters of CAB's clients have family incomes of less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and at least a quarter of clients have less than 150% of the guidelines.

Mission

To partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy.

Programs

Please visit the website to learn more about these programs

ALCANCE
The mission of ALCANCE is to provide under-resourced, as risk, or re-entry youth and adults with employment services. These include work skills development, community engagement, job readiness, placement and retention assistance, youth leadership training, and work skills crews.

Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County (DWC)
The mission of the Day Worker Center is assist day laborers in Santa Cruz County to secure safe employment, develop job skills, improve wages, and become more fully engaged members of our community. The Center facilitates the employment of day laborers in a safe hiring hall space and through an organized and dignified process.

Davenport Resource Service Center (DRSC)
The Davenport Resource Service Center, provides services to support the culturally diverse and low-income population in the rural north coast. Emergency and prevention services we provide include, food distribution; educational services for children and teenagers; support and services for seniors; transportation; information and referral; cultural events; translation; form filing, and other services

Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP)
SCCIP's mission is to promote the well being of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. We accomplish this by helping immigrants acquire legal status, reuniting families, and making US Citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. We provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
The Rental Assistance Program serves low income families with children or disabled and elderly (60 years of age or older) households.

Calworkers Emergency Payment Program (CEPP)
CEPP provides emergency payments for services, information, and referrals to support the continuation of employment and educational goals for participants referred by the county's CALWORK program.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Dientes Community Dental Clinic

Our mission is to create lasting oral health for the under-served children and adults in Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities. Dientes provides bilingual care at two full-time clinics (Santa Cruz and Watsonville) and two part-time clinics (Beach Flats and Homeless Services Center) as part of our 35-location Outreach Program.

We provide oral health education, hygiene and general dentistry. Further, pediatric dentistry is offered in the Helen Webster Children’s Dental Center, a 7-chair pediatric wing at our Santa Cruz clinic.

Programs

Services Include:
Dental Exams & X-rays
Cleanings & Fluoride Treatments
Sealants
Fillings & Crowns
Limited Root Canals
Specialized Children’s Dentistry
Full & Partial Dentures
Stay Plates
Limited Oral Surgery, Extractions
Oral Health Education

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services benefit job seekers laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities. Facility is equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, printers, and a fax machine for job search.

Mission

The Employment Development Department enhances California’s economic growth and prosperity by collaboratively delivering valuable and innovative services to meet the evolving needs of employers, workers, and job seekers.

Programs

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program provides assistance to workers who are laid off as a result of increased imports or shift in production to foreign countries. This Federally funded program offers employment training, job search allowances, and relocation allowances to eligible individuals.

Unemployment Insurance pays benefits to workers who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own and meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Areas Served
  • California

Employment Development Department Veterans Services

The Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.

A job center that may provide one or more employment services, training programs, and/or other activities offered by partner agencies.

The EDD veterans' representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local EDD offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitment, and other events and resources.

Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an EDD veterans' representative for personalized services and assistance to achieve professional goals.

Areas Served
  • California

Encompass Community Services

Encompass Community Services (formerly Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center), a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been serving Santa Cruz County since 1973.

At Encompass Community Services we provide our community with a wide range of services related to family & social well-being, early childhood education, behavioral health, housing and more. Every day through these services we work to make health, education and housing more equitable for all people in Santa Cruz County. For more than 40 years our work has touched generations by helping people have access to education, rebuild relationships, restore their health and regain dignity.

Programs

Encompass Community Services Oversees about 40 programs in four categories county-wide providing services in behavioral health, family and social wellbeing, early childhood education, housing, and more.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Families in Transition

Families In Transition works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A variety of housing strategies are provided to support families in securing safe and stable homes for their families. A range of opportunities are available depending upon family situation.

Mission

To join with other service providers in a community-wide effort to end and prevent homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Toward this end, Families In Transition works in partnership with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with housing opportunities and by providing participants with referrals to employment, training and educational resources to assist them in becoming both self-reliant and interdependent members of the community.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Goodwill Central Coast

Your local Goodwill chapter, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. We now employ over 600 people and our programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment.


Retail sales from your donated items allow us to continue empowering thousands of people through employment every year. We gratefully accept everything from clothing and accessories to small household appliances and furniture, electronics, books, fine china, art and other collectibles in good or new condition.

Please visit the website to see a list of items the Goodwill does not accept.

Mission

Goodwill Central Coast builds lives, families and communities by helping people with employment needs become successful, supported by innovative enterprises that preserve earth's resources.

Programs

Goodwill helps people reach their own goals and achieve economic self sufficiency through employment and training programs. Main programs in the local and surrounding areas include:

• Employment and training services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for low-income adults and laid off workers.
• Work experience and transitional employment (paid and unpaid) for individuals on CalWORKs, Workability students, and other populations to help individuals gain work experience and prepare for unsubsidized employment.
• Makerspace Program that provides internships with local employers to Cabrillo students seeking experience in fabrication, 3D printing, and other technology.
• Prosperity Platform that helps people increase income, reduce expenses, and build assets through financial and career coaching.
• Culinary School in Marina (20-week program) that helps students prepare for the culinary and hospitality fields. Students obtain ServSafe® Food Manager Certification and gain work experience through catering events. Many students qualify for WIOA scholarships.

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Cruz County

Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz County

The Health Services Agency (HSA) exists to protect and improve the health of the people who live within Santa Cruz County. Provides health education, advocacy, planning, and clinical services designed to promote and protect the health of the community.

Programs

Services are organized in to four major program areas:
• Behavioral Health (Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services)
• Clinic Services
• Environmental Health
• Public Health

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Human Services Department County of Santa Cruz

The Human Services Department offers a wide range of programs and services to the Santa Cruz County community. The department provides safety net services to meet the basic needs of individuals and families, ensures the protection of children, the elderly, and dependent adults, and provides job search assistance and job training opportunities to help job seekers become self sufficient.

Programs

Residents impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex fire and who are enrolled in benefits programs may be eligible for replacement benefits. Please call the Human Services benefits hotline to learn more, 888-421-8080.

CalWORKS
The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program offers temporary cash aid, employment services and health insurance to eligible families who have children under age 19. CalWORKs provides time-limited cash payments to families with children under 19 when one or both parents is absent, disabled, deceased or unemployed.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

La Manzana Community Resources

La Manzana Community Resources is a neighborhood and community-based center where families can receive a broad range of direct services, as well as information and referrals to other programs that may be of assistance to their specific needs.

Mission

The mission of La Manzana Community Resources is to connect people to services. Our activities respect all cultures and support families in creating a strong, safe, and healthy community.

Programs

Parent Education:
We offer a variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions, including Triple P classes, that address a wide range of topics.

Literacy Program:
We offer classes in Spanish and English literacy, including graduation certificates for elementary and secondary education. Partnering with the Mexican Consulate to offer the Plaza Comunitaria curriculum, literacy classes are taught weekly to participants who have not had an opportunity to learn to read or write in Spanish or English.

Public Benefits Enrollment Assistance:
Our advocates help with enrollment and reporting for government benefits and services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment, MediCal, CoveredCA). Our advocates can help you select the best healthcare program for you and your family.

Food Distribution:
We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community.

Summer Lunch:
We serve 14,000 meals during the summer to low-income children in Santa Cruz County as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The goal of Summer Lunch is to provide a nutritionally balanced meal to children who may be without lunch while school is out.

Community Advocacy:
We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis.

Counseling:
We partner with professionally pre-licensed clinical counselors to offer free counseling and advocacy to youth, families and individuals. Our services provide support for people to learn and access healthy coping skills, stress management techniques and work on other issues as needed.

Areas Served
  • Pajaro Valley
  • Watsonville

Live Oak Community Resources

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.

Mission

The mission of the Live Oak Community Resources is to improve the quality of life and strengthen the individuals and families of Live Oak while promoting a safe and healthy community.

Programs

Counseling
Our professionally supervised counseling interns offer free counseling services to children, adults, and families.

Parent Education
Share the joys and challenges of parenting at our weekly parent-child playgroups in both English and Spanish, or join a group or individual workshop in Positive Discipline or the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).

Youth Tutoring:
Our dedicated volunteers provide individualized after-school tutoring support in multiple subjects throughout the school year.

Public Benefits Enrollment Assistance:
Our advocates help with enrollment and reporting for government benefits and services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment, MediCal, CoveredCA). Our advocates can help you select the best healthcare program for you and your family.

Community Advocacy:
We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as housing, employment, education, domestic violence prevention, childcare and more.

Areas Served
  • Live Oak

Mountain Community Resources

Mountain Community Resources (MCR) is a local family resource center that has been serving the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley communities since 1982. We offer a network of programs and services designed to help people thrive. We work directly with individuals and families to build a strong community one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.

Mission

The mission of Mountain Community Resources is to build a strong Valley community-one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time-by helping people to help themselves.

Programs

Community Advocacy:
We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as housing, employment, education, domestic violence prevention, childcare and more.

Food Distribution:
We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. Our food distributions are held every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Parent Education:
We offer a variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions, including classes that address a wide range of topics including preventing tantrums, traveling in the car, managing chores, the power of self-esteem, and more. Classes, workshops, seminars and individual sessions are available in both Spanish and English, funding for the program is made available by First 5 Santa Cruz County.

Public Benefits Enrollment Assistance:
Our advocates help with enrollment and reporting for government benefits and services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment, MediCal, CoveredCA). Our advocates can help you select the best healthcare program for you and your family.

Counseling:
We partner with professionally pre-licensed clinical counselors to offer free counseling and advocacy to youth, families and individuals. Our services provide support for people to learn and access healthy coping skills, stress management techniques and work on other issues as needed.

East West Natural Health Clinic:
Together with the East West School of Planetary Herbology, clients have access to community-based natural health clinics on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Licensed practitioners and volunteers provide health screenings, natural medicines and alternative therapies such as acupuncture. Services are available by appointment only.

Emergency Preparedness:
We offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings twice a year in partnership with local emergency response agencies. Classes are available to teens and adults at no charge and all materials are provided.

Areas Served
  • San Lorenzo Valley
  • Scotts Valley

Nueva Vista Community Resources

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.

Youth Services
Monday – Friday: 1pm to 5pm
133 Leibrandt Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-426-2322

Programs

Food Distribution:
We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. Our food distributions are held on the First and Third Wednesdays of every month, from 2:30pm to 5pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.

After School Homework Club:
Our after school program offers low-income youth in elementary and middle school homework assistance across all subjects. Our elementary group meets Monday through Wednesday, and our middle school group meets Monday through Thursday. Both groups meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Community Advocacy:
We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as housing, employment, education, domestic violence prevention, childcare and more.

Counseling:
We partner with professionally pre-licensed clinical counselors to offer free counseling and advocacy to youth, families and individuals. Our services provide support for people to learn and access healthy coping skills, stress management techniques and work on other issues as needed.

Parent Education:
We offer a variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions, including classes that address a wide range of topics including preventing tantrums, traveling in the car, managing chores, the power of self-esteem, and more. Classes, workshops, seminars and individual sessions are available in both Spanish and English, funding for the program is made available by First 5 Santa Cruz County.

Public Benefits Enrollment Assistance:
Our advocates help with enrollment and reporting for government benefits and services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment, MediCal, CoveredCA). Our advocates can help you select the best healthcare program for you and your family.

Ocean Scholars:
This environmental education program, held over Spring Break, fosters stewardship of the Monterey Bay & San Lorenzo River. The program is open to small groups of 12 middle school students. During the week-long camp, students are exposed to marine and ecological conservation in their local community.

Summer Fun:
This summer program offers recreation opportunities to low-income youth (ages 8-16). Summer Fun is a collaboration with the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and more.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

Founded in 1989, Loaves and Fishes is a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among working poor families, farm workers, and elderly, disabled and homeless individuals of the Pajaro Valley. We help sustain the lives of thousands of individuals by assisting them with nutritious food, education and referrals in cooperation with other agencies.

We envision a Pajaro Valley community in which all people have access to healthy food and the other basic necessities of life. We are committed to working collaboratively to develop a healthier, more food-secure community through direct service and advocacy. Each day we manifest the values of service, compassion and justice in our work.

ELIGIBILITY:
Pantry: Families and individuals may receive groceries twice per month from our pantry. Meals: Open to all; our target population includes farm workers and homeless, elderly, and disabled individuals.

AREAS SERVED: Our primary service area is the Pajaro Valley, but we serve people in need from around Santa Cruz County.

Programs

Pantry:
Our Pantry Program provides supplemental groceries to individuals and families in need. We receive fresh produce, bread, and non-perishable staple foods from a variety of sources including local growers and packers, community food wholesalers and retailers, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Acquisitions are made through a combination of donations and purchases.

Hot Lunch Program:
We serve a nutritious hot lunch every Monday through Friday at noon. Each meal is prepared on-site in our certified, health department-inspected kitchen by our Executive Cook, a Certified Professional Food Manager, with the assistance of community volunteers.

Bilingual nutrition information regarding healthy food choices and resources are offered to those on a limited budget.

The organization serves as a site for hands-on job training, resume-building, and life skills development for youth, unemployed adults, seniors, people transitioning from welfare to work, and people with disabilities.

We offer client referrals to other community agencies and programs. We partner with local health and social services providers in their outreach efforts to our clients.

Areas Served
  • See Description Notes

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, counseling and prevention services to students, families and staff in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. PVPSA provides services to help prevent criminal behavior, gang involvement, truancy, and drug, alcohol and tobacco use via counseling services, mental health services, and medical services to eligible children ages 0-21; juvenile prevention and diversion services; tobacco use prevention; alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services.

ELIGIBILITY: Students and their families and community members.

FEES: Family counseling services provided on a sliding scale, Medi-Cal and private insurance.

AREAS SERVED: Within the boundaries of Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Programs

Offering programs and services in:
Youth Prevention Programs
Restorative Justice Programs
Counseling Services
Education & Training
Health Policy Programs

Please contact or visit the website to learn more.

Areas Served
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Peninsula Family Services

Peninsula Family Service provides comprehensive services that support individuals and families at various stages of life. Originally a small organization founded in 1950, Peninsula Family Service has grown to recognize the need for innovative, professionally-led, locally-targeted solutions to secure the wellness and stability of our neighbors. The community has rallied behind this mission, providing fundraising support and volunteers to establish and grow expert-led programs.

Mission

Peninsula Family Service strengthens our community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives.

Programs

Early Learning
Changing lives by providing high-quality, innovative early learning, and helping parents nurture their children’s development during the critical first five years.

Financial Empowerment
Changing lives by empowering individuals to take control of their financial futures.

Older Adult Services
Changing lives by providing opportunities for older individuals in our community to connect and thrive.

Senior Community Employment Program
Limited opportunities for unemployed, low-income, older adults (55 years or older) to receive part-time community service assignments. Applicants will be placed on a waiting list pending possible assignments with non-profit or government agencies to help them improve their job skills and experience through on-the-job training.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Salud Para La Gente

Salud focuses on providing cost-effective, high quality primary health care to the underserved low-income communities, in the Monterey Bay area, primarily Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County.

Our clinics are staffed by a team of health care professionals who work together to guide your care. Our professional staff includes physicians, dentists, optometrist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered dental assistants and registered dietitians. All Salud practitioners provide the highest quality care. We emphasize continuous quality improvement and encourage maximum continuing medical education to ensure best practices in all areas.


LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH:
Our staff is bilingual in English and Spanish, and various staff members also speak French, Tagalog and I-Kiribati. We have a Mixteco interpreter on staff, and can also call upon medical translators in many more languages.

ELIGIBILITY: Signed statement verifying income necessary. Proof of insurance eligibility required. Call for appointments. Walk-ins accepted.

FEES: Sliding scale. Medi-Cal, Medicare, CHDP, private insurance, military insurance and payment plans accepted.

Mission

To provide high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.

Programs

Health Insurance:
Sign up for Covered California, Medi-Cal, or Healthy Kids. Outreach Services Department: (831) 763-3431. We offer enrollment services Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm at East Beach St. Clinic 204 E. Beach St., Watsonville and Clinica Del Valle del Pajaro, 45 Nielson St. Watsonville

Salud provides an array of medical services for the entire family which include:

Medical
Dental
Eye Care
Pregnancy Care & Delivery
Women's Health
Family Planning
Wellness & Counseling
Pharmacy
Community Outreach
Special

Areas Served
  • Monterey County
  • Santa Cruz County

Salvation Army Corps Community Center

Provides a variety of emergency material assistance programs providing food, clothing, energy assistance as well as character building for youth and adults. Worship services are in English and Spanish.

Programs

The Salvation Army offers programs to cure hunger: food pantries and meal programs; overcome poverty: short and long-term housing assistance; meal assistance; bill pay assistance; employment assistance through educational resources, career coaching and job placement opportunities; teach kids: homework assistance and counseling, extracurricular activities, art programs; combat addiction; love the elderly: adult day care centers and activities; help disaster survivors: emergency response, recovery and care; provide shelter: emergency shelters, transitional living centers and family service programs.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. CTEP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education offered in cooperation with county high school districts and the local business community provides job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs). CTEP works closely with local employers and many classes offer on-the-job training and internships. While there is no formal placement process, follow-up studies of our students indicate program finishers have a high rate of job placement.

ELIGIBILITY: Job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs)

FEES: Registration, books and materials fees for adults.

Mission

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career and technical skills and to prepare for life-long learning and success in the changing workplace.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Housing Authority

Call Center Hours:
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 4:30 PM
Fridays from 8:00 to 12:00 PM.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz provides affordable housing to thousands of low-income individuals and families in our community each year.

The Housing Authority also provides services under contract to the County and municipalities. Security Deposit, First Time Home Buyers, Mortgage Credit Certificate and Mobile Home Resident Ownership Program are just some of the programs the Housing Authority administers for local governments.

ELIGIBILITY: Based on income and federally established preferences.

Mission

The mission of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is to promote access to quality affordable housing, utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life, and support inclusive, healthy and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

Programs

The largest and best known programs operated by the Housing Authority are the federal rental assistance programs: the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and the Low Income Public Housing program as well as the USDA Farmworker Housing Program. To a smaller extent, the State of California programs also provide housing assistance such as the seasonal Migrant Housing program or the Rental Housing Construction Program.

Housing Plus is designed to help families in the “Housing Choice Voucher” and “Low Income Public Housing Programs” become more self-sufficient. Participants sign a Contract of Participation that outlines their goals towards self-sufficiency and their plan to reach those goals. As their family’s share of rent increases due to increases in their earned income, the Housing Authority puts money aside in an account for them. Participants have five years to complete the goal and receive their money. The Housing Plus staff helps participants achieve their self-sufficiency goals, including freedom from welfare, resulting in graduation from the program.

Please visit the website or call for more information.

Areas Served
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz/San Benito County Regional Department of Child Support Services

The Department provides a variety of child support services to help parents fulfill their responsibilities to their child(ren) including: establishing parentage, locating parents, obtaining child support and medical support orders, enforcing medical support orders, modifying existing child support orders, collecting, processing and maintaining records of child support payments.

Mission

Our mission is to enhance the lives of the families we serve by providing quality child support services in a courteous, respectful, fair, and professional manner.

Areas Served
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank has a network of 200 member agencies and direct service programs providing groceries, fresh produce, and prepared meals throughout Santa Cruz County. Call the Community Food Hotline at (831) 662-0991 for the most up-to-date information about the dates and times of food distributions and bilingual nutrition education programs in your neighborhood. The Hotline also offers pre-screening and application assistance for the CalFresh program and information and referrals to other services.

Mission

Second Harvest Food Bank's mission is that we inspire and support Santa Cruz County to provide nourishment for all community members.

Programs

Second Harvest staff is a leader in food distribution, volunteer-supported peer nutrition programs to empower clients to make healthy choices, outreach programs to educate and mobilize the public around community hunger and nutrition issues, and food security projects to improve access to healthy foods in Santa Cruz County.

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County

Student Resource & Support Network

Student Resource & Support Network is a dynamic student services program serving low income, unemployed and under-employed Cabrillo students. SRSN provides advocacy and supportive services, and promotes student success in achieving career advancement leading to financial self-sufficiency.


In order to receive services at Student Resource & Support Network, students must be eligible for the CalWORKs or WIOA Program.

Programs

WIOA, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program helps job seekers succeed in the labor market by providing access to employment, education, training, and support services. This program offers personalized counseling, financial assistance and support.

CalWORKs, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program is dedicated to providing services to low income parents, currently receiving cash aid, seeking to become self-sufficient through education. This program offers personalized counseling, financial assistance and support.

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Watsonville Law Center

The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals on California’s Central Coast. We believe that everyone benefits when the most vulnerable among us thrive, and that a holistic collaborative approach is most effective. We focus on legal problems with long-term impacts and solutions, such as workers’ rights, consumer rights, and access to employment.

Programs

WLC has three main programs:
• Access to employment: WLC helps remove barriers to employment by helping improve criminal records, sealing juvenile records and improving credit.
• Family Financial Stability program empowers individuals with financial literacy, education, and legal services to help clients plan for a more stable future.
• CalWORKs: In partnership with Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, WLC offers special services to CalWORKs participants, including legal advice

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Workforce Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community.

Our network of three conveniently located Career Centers and CalJOBS offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Workforce Santa Cruz County is overseen by the County of Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board (Santa Cruz WDB).

Programs

Sueños supports young adults (ages 16 to 24) to develop workplace skills that will prepare them to enter and thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market. Eligible participants receive a variety of services, from job readiness workshops to college and career exploration, financial literacy, work experience, and on-the-job training opportunities in our local community.

WIOA helps income eligible, Santa Cruz County residents who are unemployed/displaced workers to succeed in the labor market by providing access to employment, education, training and financial support services while match

Areas Served
  • Central Coast

Youth Homeless Response Team

The youth Homeless Response Team is a collaborative effort between the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. This supportive services program aims to serve unaccompanied youth between the ages of 15-24 who are experiencing housing instability.

Eligibility:
Youth or Young Adult (ages 15-24) who identify as literally homeless, are at imminent risk of homelessness, or are fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence residing in the Santa Cruz County.

Programs

YHRT services include: housing search assistance, individualized plans and case management, connection to resources and services including education/employment

Areas Served
  • Santa Cruz County