Socio-economic issues- such as unemployment, illiteracy, and toxic stress- contribute to some of the local challenges families face in our region, and have a direct impact on our community’s children.
Programs such as First 5’s CalWORKs Helping to Enhance Parents’ Potential (CalHEPP) Home Visitation Program are helping to combat this issue by supporting families with young children through services that strengthen their job search and job readiness skills, financial management knowledge, early literacy engagement, and health and nutrition practices.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University concludes,
“Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.”
Read about how one Stress in the household affected one San Joaquin family…..
A 2-1-1 phone specialist received a call from a desperate parent who had been caught shoplifting baby food at WinCo in Tracy. She had been laid off and resorted to desperate measures…. Read more here
Thankfully, San Joaquin County residents can simply pick up a phone and dial 211. Like 911 for emergency services or 411 for general information, 211 is here to help.
211 SJ is a service of Family Resource and Referral that anyone can access in a time of need. You can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to immediately be connected to a real person, who will connect you to the resources you need 24 hours a day/365 days a year, such as:
At 211sj.org you can find comprehensive lists of resources available including where are the nearest food pantries? What number do I call in a crisis? What Veteran support services do we have available? Click to learn more about this resource now!
211 is an asset to our community connecting residents to the resources they likely don’t know they have available to them. Help us get the word out today to ensure EVERYONE knows about 211.
Youth mentorship prevents students from slipping through the cracks.
Thankfully, in San Joaquin County we have mentorship programs such as Fathers and Families that are helping to rewrite these stories. FFSJ works with young men & women on evidence-based curriculum that focuses on culturally-relevant rites of passage groups to become noble and honorable young people.