BACS is pleased to celebrate the two program anniversaries this month: the 5 year anniversary of Oakland Project Connect, and the 3 year anniversary of IPS Supported Employment!
Oakland Project Connect opened in 2011 to fill a crucial need in the community: outreach, housing and financial support, mental health and case management, substance use, and primary care to individuals who are homeless and have mental health issues.
BACS’ IPS program opened in 2013, providing job placement services to help individuals with complex needs find competitive, satisfying, and sustainable employment to uplift them from poverty.
To learn more about either of these programs, visit our website.
Ursula Sears Promoted
Ursula Sears, previously a BACS Peer Counselor, has been promoted internally to Program Supervisor at BACS’ Hedco Wellness Co-Op in Hayward. For more of her story, see our special feature here.
Many congratulations to Ursula, whose promotion is well deserved. She is exemplary of the high caliber BACS staff, many of whom go on to become supervisors and managers!
Longest Day – Memory Care event
On June 21st, Fremont ADC hosted a ‘Longest Day’ event in participation with the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leader in Alzheimer’s research and valuable resources for caregivers. The idea to do an event was brought to us by one of our client’s family member who is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s association.
Our Longest Day event was a popular Pancake Breakfast! Caregivers and clients came out for this special event. Many thanks to Craig from the Alzheimer’s Association, who spoke about caregiver stress and resources they have available to them. Our goal was to raise $500 and we exceeded that goal with online, check and cash donations.
Congratulations to Fremont Adult Day Program staff for hosting this amazing event!
BACS is Hosting a Job Fair
BACS is hosting a job fair! Join us for delicious food, job opportunities, and same day job offers to work for BACS!
Positions available*: Peer Counselor, Personal Services Coordinator, Program Manager, Peer Supervisor, and more!
Join us at 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland CA 94611 on August 12th, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
*Clear background check and driver’s license required.
Rise and Shine at Hedco
BACS’ Hedco Wellness Center is hosting Rise and Shine, a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) every Thursday morning from 10 to 11 a.m..
In community, many of our participants live with addiction or are in recovery, which can complicate or intensify behavioral health symptoms. All BACS services are offered within the framework of ‘harm reduction’, and we are glad to partner with Mission Peaks to provide this support.
Rise and Shine is taking place at 590 B Street, Hayward, every Thursday morning. Rise and Shine is a space for participants to work on their recovery and engage in wellness.
Employee of the Month
Congratulations to our July Employee of the Month – the entire Hope Intervention Program (HIP) team!
This is a rare award, and the whole team really deserves it. The HIP team has grown tremendously in the last two years, evolving into an inspired, youth-centered, and dynamic team. The team is collaborative, culturally-responsive, diverse, and innovative, and models collective integrity.
The work the HIP team is doing has been restorative, centered in humility for our participants and one another, and has really created a program culture that is inclusive and FUN – all while working with some of the hardest-to-reach young people who are experiencing confusion and lack of belonging – coupled with challenges with family and friends, not having a home, substance use, self-harm, LGBTQI issues, and more.
Congratulations to each of the recipients, and to the whole team!
Yvonne Ying, Entrepreneur
After more than 15 years with Bay Area Community Services, Yvonne Ying has left BACS to run her own business.
Yvonne started with BACS as a temp in our Finance Department, and quickly became an integral part of our team. Her entrepreneurial spirit served her well at BACS, as we expanded our program services dramatically during her tenure, and now it will serve her well in her next step.
Yvonne’s business is California Quality Printing, whose dedication to high quality printing services help them stand out. Congratulations, Yvonne, and we will miss you!
Hope Intervention Program Hosts BBQ
This month BACS’ Hope Intervention Program (HIP) hosted a BBQ for TAY (transition aged youth) at Towne House wellness center. Our HIP team wanted to host a community-building event where TAY in Alameda County could come together and build fun relationships. Our staff facilitated activities to help the TAY step out of their comfort zones, with everything from icebreakers to a water balloon fight!
We are glad we could host such a fun and positive event, and we look forward to hosting many more, so that TAY have a safe space in the community to hang out, eat, and chill.
Join Our Cause
Do you want to join BACS in our mission to uplift under-served individuals and their families by doing whatever it takes? The community has asked us to provide more services than ever, based on need. In 2016, help us make this possible!
Donate to BACS online by clicking here, or via mail to 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland, CA 94612.
Or, donate gently used blankets, canned goods, and other items to our housing programs. Email us to learn more.
BACS services are always expanding, and we are currently recruiting! Check out our job opportunities.
Learn more on our website or by calling 510.613.0330.