Community Programs is a program that consists of seven programs that meet a range of community needs. These include:
* Assault Survivor Kits® - clothing and hygiene kits for victims of sexual assault
* Baby Bags - infant clothing and supplies for low income mothers whose babies have been identified as high risk for developmental problems
* Food Boxes - groceries for CalWorks families that run out of food
* On My Way Bags for foster youth being emancipated from the Foster Youth Program to independant living
* Receiving Center Backpacks - emergency clothing and other supplies for teens waiting for placement in the foster care system.
* Senior Year Sponsorships - to help foster youth with senior year activities
* Outreach - meets a one-time need on a short-term basis providing help quickly
The Food Boxes Program provides groceries for CalWorks families that run out of food and need additional grocery items to get them through the month. It is the goal of the Food Boxes Program to supplement end of the month food needs of families that are participating in the CalWorks, Medi Cal or food stamps/Cal Fresh program.
"Thank you soooo much for the layette. It is so wonderful to see that we live in a community that cares and supports us in many ways. Thank you for helping me pick the right decisions for my beautiful new baby boy. We really appreciate your effort." A new Mom.
Baby Bags, a basic new-baby layette, is provided by Assistance League of Diablo Valley for first time mothers whose babies are determined to be at risk and in need by the Contra Costa County Social Services Department.
Baby Bags Committee members purchased the supplies and assembled 624 Baby Bags this year to be distributed to first time mothers of babies at risk. These Baby Bags include receiving blankets, sleeprs, undershirts, hooded towel with cloth, lap pad, diapers and baby wipes.
The Baby Bags are distributed by Social Services caseworkers as part of a new county program, Welcome Home Baby. This is a comprehensive program of early hospital identification, intensive in home visitation and linked follow-up care for first time mothers whose babies have been identified as high risk for development. The goal is to promote the optimum development for these young children. Giving them new clothing and care items is a gift which helps them get a good start with a new life.