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ADVOCACY

ADVOCACY INC.
5274 Scotts Valley Dr. #203, Scotts Valley 95066
429-1913 • 688-8833
Patient’s rights protection and advocacy services for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Services provided free of charge

BALANCE:
Bringing Alternative Learning and Nutritional  Choices to Education
464-8669www.balance4kids.org
The BALANCE organization addresses the needs of children with severe disabilities in the areas of nutrition, educational therapies, and alternative education.

CENTRAL COAST CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
1395 41st Ave., Suite B, Capitola 95010
462-8720www.cccil.org
Advocacy and information center organized by and for people with disabilities, serving Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. CCCIL’s purpose is to make our communities more accessible and to empower people with disabilities by providing information and skills to live fulfilling lives.

COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES
701 Ocean St., Room 30, Santa Cruz 95060
454-2355 www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Advisory body to County Supervisors on issues affecting people with special needs in Santa Cruz County.
Call for meeting times and agenda items..

SPECIAL PARENTS INFORMATION NETWORK
1105 Water St., Santa Cruz 95062
Santa Cruz: 423-7713 • Watsonville: 722-2800
www.spinsc.org
Serving San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, SPIN is a parent-to-parent organization that provides support and advocacy on behalf of families that have children of any age with special needs. In addition, they publish an excellent monthly newsletter.


SUPPORT GROUPS

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP
1777 A Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 464-9982
For families of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP
For directions call Clem Kintz 462-0305
For information call Eleanor Rosenast 426-5427
For individuals living with some degree of amputation.

JUST ONE MORE CAST
www.justonemorecast.net

An online community for disabled sportsmen and those who care about them. This website not only discusses the sports end of the picture, but who they are and what it is like to live each day.
Facilitator: Rodney Hall

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Phone: 462-7770
www.dominicanhospital.org
Facilitator: Dominican Hospital chaplains and Cancer Resource Center Staff
When: First and third Tuesdays of each month,
6:30-7:30pm
For patients, families, and friends battling any form of cancer.

WOMENCARE
2901 Park Ave., Suite A1, Soquel 95062
457-2273 • www.womencaresantacruz.org
This organization has numerous support groups and healing circle groups for women with any kind of cancer and their friends & family. They also have a Sisters Offering Support program for newly diagnosed women.
Entres Nosotras is their Spanish speaking support program.

EPILEPSY NETWORK
1836 17th Ave. Suite D, Santa Cruz 95062
Phone: 831-475-9110
www.epilepsynetwork.com
For individuals living with epilepsy. Irregular meetings. Call for information.

SPECIAL CONNECTIONS
984-2 Bostwick Ln., Santa Cruz 95062
For information call Leslie Burnham 464-0669
For parents of children ages 0-3 with special needs.

SPINAL CORD SUPPORT GROUP
Held at Pacific Cultural Center, hosted by Shine A Light Counseling Center.
(831) 246-0069
http://www.shinealightcounseling.com
Processes oriented group for adult individuals experiencing para and quadriplegia. Meets weekly to share stories, meet new people, and find support from those who know similar life challenges.

ARE YOU A PARENT STRUGGLING TO
KEEP IT ALL TOGETHER?

The Parental Stress Hotline is always open and available to give you a little extra support!
Call 426-7322 or 724-2879 for help any time.


SPIN
1105 Water St., Santa Cruz 95060
423-7713 www.spinsc.org
Special Parents Information Network has created an excellent resource guide to Santa Cruz County for parents of young children with special needs.

ARE YOU A LOCAL SENIOR LOOKING FOR A RESOURCE GUIDE GEARED SPECIFICALLY TO YOUR NEEDS?
1777 Capitola Rd. #A, Santa Cruz 95062
114 East 5th St., Watsonville 95076
Santa Cruz: 462-1433
Watsonville: 728-1751

Senior Network Services offers a great online resource directory available in English and Spanish at www.seniornetworkservices.org.


FSA ( Family Service Agency )
104 Walnut Ave.
Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Family Service Agency of the Central Coast offers affordable counseling to help you deal with life's issues and disablility adjustment issues.

General Counseling Program
(831)423-9444

Sliding fee scale based on monthly gross income, Medicare and Medi-Cal accepted, Professional therapists, Individuals, couples, families, children

Senior Outreach Program
(831) 459-9351

In-home peer counseling services, No cost, Deals with issues of aging: grief, depression, isolation, loneliness, Support groups

Suicide Prevention Program
(831) 458-5300

24 hour multilingual confidential crisis line, Education, Support group






SERVICE AGENCIES

CABRILLO COLLEGE STROKE CENTER
6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003
477-3300 www.strokecenter.com
Provides a classroom-based approach to rehabilitation for adults with physical disabilities.

CALIFORNIA GREY BEARS
2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz 95065
479-1055 www.californiagreybears.org
Grassroots, nonprofit organization of senior citizens dedicated to the principle of self help. Their brown bag food program distributes approximately 1.5 million pounds of food per year through countywide distribution sites. Call to participate in activities or receive food.

CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES CALIFORNIA
PO Box 221, Soquel 95073
476-7194 www.camphillca.org
Camphill is an international movement of intentional, life-sharing communities established to meet the needs of children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. They provide residential care, education, training and vocational opportunities to thousands of people with developmental disabilities. Call for more information or to participate.

COMMUNITY OPTIONS
3717 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz 95062
464-6796
Dedicated to offering equal access to employment and community environments, Community Options provides community-based support and instruction to men and women with developmental disabilities in a wide variety of settings, with an emphasis on enhancing quality of life of each participant Call for more information or to enroll.

DAVENPORT RESOURCE SERVICE CENTER
151 Church St., Davenport 95017
425-8115drsc@cabinc.org
Multi-service bilingual community center provides outreach, transportation, information and referral, translation, assistance filling out forms and food distribution services to children and seniors living on the north coast of Santa Cruz County.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SERVICE CENTER
339 Pajaro St., Suite B, Salinas 93901
753-6540753-6541 TTY www.dhhsc.org
Programs for the deaf and hard of hearing include advocacy, outreach, interpreter referral services, peer counseling, telephone, employment and independent living assistance, and much more. Sliding scale fees.

EARLY START
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville 95076
728-1781 • 688-7633
Family-centered early intervention program for children from birth to 36 months of age who have or are at risk of having disabilities. Provides assessments, counseling, and development of an Individualized Family Service Plan. Free from birth to 36 months. Fee for older children.

EASTER SEALS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
9010 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003
684-2166 • 684-1054 TTY
Provides information, referrals, educational programs, camps, mobility training, equipment loans, support groups, social and recreational programs, and more. The mission of Easter Seals Central California is to create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Some fees may apply.

EAR OF THE LION FOUNDATION
(800) 327-8077
Hearing aids and financial help for people with hearing loss who do not qualify for government aid for hearing aids or surgery.

HEARTFELT HOME CARE
331 Soquel Ave. Suite 211, Santa Cruz 95062
466-9101 www.HeartfeltHomeCareSCC.com

Heartfelt Home Care is the ideal solution for elderly or disabled individuals who want to maintain their independence and dignity by continuing to live in the comfort of their own homes. Our support will make their lives safer by assisting with many of the tasks which have become difficult and unmanageable.

HOPE FLIGHT FOUNDATION
510-427-3956 •
www.hopeflightfoundation.org
Email: harding-d@sbcglobal.net
Improves access to medical care for those with life-threatening illnesses that are underserved, isolated, and/or financially and medically challenged. We accomplish this through free air transportation on our aircraft, to those with healthcare needs that require long distance travel to and from medical facilities.

HOPE SERVICES
220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
421-9900 •
www.hopeservices.org
HOPE Services 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. HOPE Services offers job training, personal living skills training, community employment services, day programs, social activities, independent living support and more.

HOSPICE OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
940 Disc Dr., Scotts Valley 95066
831-430-3000www.hospicesantacruz.org
Not-for-profit community-based health project, providing compassionate health care to individuals of all ages facing the advanced stages of any life-threatening illness.

HOUSING CHOICES COALITION
21 Brennan St., Suite 18, Watsonville 95076
722-3955 • www.housingchoices.com
Email: sfinkelstein@housingchoices.com
Provides quality, affordable housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
18 West Beach St, Watsonville 95076
454-4036 www.santacruzinhomecare.org
Government-funded program which helps elderly, blind and disabled people remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves or handle routine household tasks. IHSS is an alternative to out-of-home care in institutions.

LIVE AT HOME FOUNDATION
PO Box 3315, Santa Cruz 95063 • 425-3315
Provides advocacy, support and financial assistance to medical-technology-dependent people who choose to live at home. Most services are free.

MEALS ON WHEELS
1777 Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz 95062
464-3180www.communitybridges.org
(follow links to “Meals on Wheels”)
Provides daily meals to homebound adults and to five senior dining centers throughout the county.

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS INTERVENTION (2 Locations)
1400 Emeline Ave., Building K, Santa Cruz 95060
Daytime phone counseling: 454-4170
12 West Beach St., Suite 219, Watsonville 95076
Daytime phone counseling: 763-8990

After 5:00 p.m. and weekends: 462-7644.
Offers professional help for those in emotional/psychiatric crisis.

SAN ANDREAS REGIONAL CENTER
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville 95076
728-1781 • 688-7633
State funded corporation that provides opportunities for independence at home and in the community for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Services include advocacy, information and referral, assistance in finding and accessing resources, counseling and more.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY VETERANS CENTER
1350 41st Ave., Suite 102, Capitola 95010
464-4575
Offers readjustment counseling, psycho-social assessments and evaluations, support groups, information and referrals for veterans. Nurse practitioner available by appointment.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES
Multiple Locations in Santa Cruz County
(831) 462-3229 ssvf@fitsantacruz.org

The SSVF/FIT Collaborative provides supportive services to Veterans that are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness and is operated in partnership with Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County, Homeless Services Center, and Pajaro Valley Shelter Services at five office locations throughout Santa Cruz County. Funding is provided by a generous grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

We provide services such as; Security Deposit Rental, Assistance, *Car Repair Assistance, *Child Care Assistance, Intensive Case Management and much more! (Depending, Case by Case)

If you are a Veteran, or if you know a Veteran in the Santa Cruz County that could use our services please get in contact with us.

VICTORIAN HOME CARE
10096 Soquel Dr., Suite 4, Aptos, CA 95003
622-3093 www.victorianhc.com
Victorian is a leading provider of non-medical in-home care services in the Monterey and Santa Cruz area, offering both hourly and 24-hour live-in care. Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, Victorian has built its reputation through quality of care, professional integrity, and commitment to our employees. Victorian has been the trusted home care agency for thousands of patients, families, and healthcare professionals in the communities we serve, offering continuity of care.

VISTA CENTER
413 Laurel St., Santa Cruz 95060
458-9766ww.doranblindcenter.org
Services for the blind and visually impaired including evaluation, a low vision clinic, training in daily living skills, orientation and mobility, in-home volunteer support and social activities, as well as training and support groups for families and caregivers.
Sliding scale fees.

WHEELCHAIR TRAVELING
wheelchairtraveling.com
An online interactive travel resource for those in wheelchairs looking to plan and share their adventures. Explore destinations around the world and find out what there is to do, see and where to stay. New destinations are always being added. 


Let us know about your favorite accessible resource, order a print version of the guide, or just tell us what you think! We welcome your thoughts, tips, suggestions and contributions. We can be reached at:

Shared Adventures
PO BOX 396
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

(831) 459-7210

info@sharedadventures.org
www.sharedadventures.org


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