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Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Community Connection

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General Agency Information
Name:Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Community Connection
Alternate Name(s):Community Connection
Custom Mailing Service
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Career Services
Address:300 Harvey West Blvd.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-425-8132
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:Custom Mailing Services: 831-425-0440

Community Connection (CC)is a nonprofit mental health program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County that serves adults and families referred through the Santa Cruz County Mental Health System of Care.
Participants have access to a variety of person-centered, strength based programs that provide pre-employment, employment, education, community integration and peer support services for individuals and families.

Watsonville Volunteer Center
10 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 768-8132

College Connection
Disability Student Services Office
Cabrillo College Campus
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6512

ELIGIBILITY: serves residents of Santa Cruz County who are at least eighteen years of age, have a severe disability in at least one functional area and have been diagnosed as schizoaffective, schizophrenic, bipolar or major depressive by County Mental Health. Services will be provided to all individuals meeting these eligibility guidelines without regard to ethnicity, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, or sexual preference.

FEES: Medi-Cal, MediCare, sliding scale according to fee evaluation by County Mental Health. No one will be denied services because of inability to pay

FUNDING SOURCE: Community Connection is funded in part by Santa Cruz County Mental Health Services, State of California Department of Rehabilitation and United Way of Santa Cruz County.

Mission:Assist and support adults with psychiatric disabilities and their families in achieving greater independence and an improved quality of life as members of the community.
Programs:Community Connection offers a variety of free, outpatient mental health programs and employment related services to adults with psychiatric disabilities and families residing in Santa Cruz County.

Career services:
Participants receive individualized assistance with job preparedness, job search, job placement and job support from employment specialists at our Santa Cruz and Watsonville offices.
Program Coordinator: Chuck Perry (831) 425-8132 ext 206 Email:

Mariposa Wellness Program offers classes, groups and activities designed to promote recovery, healthy lifestyles and vocational choices, including employment and education.
Program Coordinator: Jodie Wells 768-8132 ext 309

Opportunity Connection is a recovery-oriented program focusing on employment readiness and skill building.
Program Coordinator: Dagny Blaskovich
(831) 425-8132 ext 213

Avenues provides employment focused support and assistance to individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Program Coordinator: Janelle Carolotta
(831) 768-8132 ext 306

College Connection provides individual educational support on site at Cabrillo College.
Mental Health Specialist: Lisa Ferrari
(831) 479-6512 E-mail:

Housing Support is designed to assist and support individuals in successfully maintaining independent housing.
Program Coordinator: Trea Robinson
(831) 425-8132 ext 216

Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) provides employment services to transition age youth and adults referred through the County.
Program Coordinator: Annie Stellar
(831) 425-8132 ext 205

Calworks free weekly counseling for parents struggling with requirements for getting off of welfare.
Program Coordinator:K.C.Culver (831) 425-8132x 223

The Family Partnership Program provides peer support, education, referrals and grants for respite care to parents and caregivers of children and youth who receive mental health services through the County
Program Coordinator: Melody St. Charles
(831) 454-4961
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:See Description Notes
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Child Agencies:Mariposa Wellness Center
Subject Headings
 Developmental Disabilities
Independent Living Skills Instruction
Private Nonprofits
Vocational Education
Vocational Rehabilitation
This record last modified December 20, 2015

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