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Want to stand up for kids? Yolo CASA needs volunteers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

Yolo CASA, a nonprofit that specializes in advocating for children as they spend time in the foster care system, needs new volunteers. Training provided. Successful volunteers will spend time with the child they’re paired with, talk to professionals and caregivers in that child’s life, and advocate in the court system for the child’s best interests.

Call (530) 661-4200 or email volunteer@yolocasa.org. Next training session is in the evenings, Feb. 2. Orientation is noon on Thursdays at 724 Main Street, Ste. 102 in Woodland.

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Free flu shots Saturday in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department, in partnership with the city of West Sacramento, is holding a free seasonal influenza vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.  Besides providing opportunity for residents to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, this clinic also serves as a test of the county’s mass vaccination response.

The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

The final seasonal flu vaccination clinic provided by Yolo County will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, located at 2001 East Street in Woodland.

In addition to getting a flu shot annually, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

·         Wash hands often with soap and water
·         Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
·         Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
·         Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
·         If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
·         Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
·         Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
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West Sac & Yolo County try pilot project: housing homeless in motel

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 29, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento and County of Yolo are about to kick off a $100,000 project to house at least 71 homeless people in a “housing first” pilot project.

The “Bridge to Housing Pilot Project” includes a community cleanup of the city’s north levee area (a longtime dwelling spot for local homeless) on Saturday, Nov. 8. The subjects of the project will move into their new housing on Nov. 12, reports Beth Gabor, spokesperson for the County of Yolo.

The motel chosen to be the new housing site has not been determined, she told the News-Ledger.

Gabor said in a press statement that “the riverbank in West Sacramento has long attracted people experiencing homelessness, especially along what is referred to as the North Levee (publicly and privately owned parcels north of the Broderick Boat Ramp).”

“The North Levee area currently has an established community of approximately 71 people experiencing homelessness, 47 dogs and 22 cats,” she added. “Members of this homeless community have lived there, without trash service or running water, for an average of 4.5 years, with some members homeless there for ten years or more.”

Police and city workers periodically try to clear the area, she said, but the homeless have always returned.

After a community collaboration, city and county officials have decided to try a new approach: putting a roof over the heads of the homeless and then trying to provide them with needed services. This approach is often called a “housing first” model, in contrast to other models that only allow a homeless person into a housing project after the person first meets other conditions such as treating a drug habit.

This “limited population” project includes the following elements, reports Gabor:
Initial Outreach

— North Levee Clean Up Day (November 8) – Requested by the homeless residents as a way to give back to the community for its assistance with donations and the assistance of United Christian Centers, Waste Management, Ethan Conrad and Home Depot, to name a few

— Moving Day (Target: November 12) – Participating members (71 residents already identified) will move to a temporary housing location. There will be opportunities for a pet clinic, public health assessment, laundry, transportation and a move into a temporary housing site

— Pets will be allowed to go with their owners to temporary housing but some may have to pare down; pet owners are aware of this

— Yolo County Animal Services will be providing a cleaning station, immunizations and medication, as well as solutions for pets that may need to be surrendered

— Triage, Assessment and Application – During the 60 to 120 day stay in housing, 71 already identified members will participate in applying for benefits for which they may be eligible, including job training and assistance, chemical dependency, disabled benefits, counseling and other services.  In addition, they will apply for available permanent housing programs for which they may be eligible

— Ongoing Services – Includes mental health, substance abuse, medical services and case management

— Placement in Permanent Housing – Includes ongoing and, in some cases, intensive case management to help them succeed in their new housing.

Partners in the project include the following, added Gabor:

County of Yolo, including County Administrator’s Office, Employment & Social Services, Environmental Health, Health Services, Probation and Animal Services;
City of West Sacramento, including the Police Department and City Manager’s Office; Legal Services of Northern California

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West Sacramento: free flu shot clinic on November 22

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department will be holding the following seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:
—  Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the     Riverbend Community Room, 664 Cummins Way in West Sacramento
—   Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis
—   Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (free)
—   Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East Street in Woodland.

With the exception of the November 22 clinic, which is free, a $10 administrative fee will be requested.  Those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to getting a flu shot, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:
•    Wash hands often with soap and water
•    Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
•    Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

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