20151027-pounds

Biggest losers shed pounds and feeling great

Six teams from the West Side of Stanislaus County competed to lose pounds and increase their wellness.

The team from Patterson Promotores was crowned the winner of this year's Biggest Loser competition on the West Side of Stanislaus County after losing 65.5 pounds.

The contest was a eight-week event where six teams of 10 people competed for the greatest team weight loss. The total combined weight loss of all the teams totaled nearly 288 pounds.

“This competition continues to motivate people to make positive lifestyle changes," stated Jim DeMartini, Stanislaus County Supervisor and Chairman of the West Side Healthcare Advisory Task Force. “Small changes turn into big changes over time. Our goal is to have a healthier community and this program has been a great start for so many people."

The contest is sponsored annually by the West Side Healthcare Advisory Task Force.

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20200911-homeless

Homelessness in Stanislaus County

Point-in-Time Count information helps service providers, policy makers, funders and local government gain a better understanding of the population currently experiencing homelessness.

A total of 2,107 people including 207 children experienced homelessness in Stanislaus County according to new numbers from a Point-In-Time homeless count (PIT Count) conducted early this year. The count is up by 184 people from last year.

1,990 questionnaires were collected in the annual canvassing, an unduplicated count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in both sheltered and unsheltered populations. It surpasses the count in 2019 which reported 1,923 homeless people. The majority of homeless in this year’s count were found in the cities of Modesto and Turlock.

The survey data is reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used to help determine the amount of funding available to the community to develop housing and supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. The surveys were conducted on January 24, 2020 to help provide a snapshot of homelessness in a given community.

Point in Time Count volunteers came from the Stanislaus Community System of Care which included local governments, non-profits, and homeless service providers. A total of 310 volunteers fanned out across Stanislaus County visiting emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, parks, and the outdoors where the homeless live. Each volunteer asked survey questions of the homeless and provided comfort kits with toiletries and other items to those who agreed to respond.

The PIT Count is a tally of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single day in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night and count the number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness every other year.

A summary of findings is now available.

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20200909-community

New Stanislaus County Nonprofit Grants

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture.

COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations. The public health requirements for safely operating these programs present numerous challenges to nonprofit financial models and affect the design, nature and scale of youth and arts/culture programs.

Considering these challenges and because of the vital role played by these nonprofits, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds specifically for county nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, and/or youth services and programs. The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County.

"It's more important now than ever for us to support the nonprofit youth services and creative arts programs in our community," said Kristin Olsen, Chairwoman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. "Everyone has felt huge impacts of this public health crisis but many youth-serving and arts nonprofit organizations had to close their doors nearly six months ago and have had no way of operating since that time. We want to support as many as we can to make sure they are still around to serve our community when this is all over."

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture. Awards will be based on the level of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the respective non-profit organization. The grant application portal opens on Wednesday, September 9 and closes on Friday, September 25.

Stanislaus Community Foundation has been contracted to manage the application process on behalf of the County CEO’s Office. A volunteer Evaluation Committee composed of a cross-section of community representatives will score applications and select award recipients based on the criteria established by the County Board of Supervisors. For more information and to apply for this grant visit: www.StanislausCF.org.

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Pet of The Week

Pet of the Week

Oakley is an adult female Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is a short little bully with a huge personality! She is happy to share her affection through comical vocalizations and expressions. She is very affectionate with people but would do best in a home without small pets or as a single dog in the home.

We have so many wonderful pets at the Adoption Center @ 3647 Cornucopia Way Modesto.  We're open Mon - Fri 9-5 and Saturday 8-5. Closed Sundays and Holidays. You can also look online at other Available Dogs and Available Cats. All of our adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.

Recent News

20200831-PPE

County Launches PPE Store

Stanislaus PPE is committed to offering PPE essentials to medical providers in Stanislaus County, at cost, to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Leveraging the County’s purchasing power to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in bulk is now a benefit to qualifying medical service providers in the area. As a result of COVID-19 and the high demand for PPE, many suppliers have increased pricing of critical items making it difficult to secure necessary protection. Stanislaus PPE, a new online-only protective equipment store, is committed to offering PPE essentials to medical providers in Stanislaus County, at cost, to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Those in medical industries, from surgery center personnel to lab technicians to veterinary medicine practitioners and dentists will have the option of ordering items like protective gloves, N95 masks, gowns and face shields. Approved inventory will be determined by the providers 30-day burn/usage rate.

PPE shortages have been broadly reported since the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services has received quantities of PPE from the National Stockpile and worked to procure additional PPE in order to help supply much needed face coverings and personal protective equipment to clinics, hospitals and various organizations in Stanislaus County. The need for these items has grown since the start of the emergency. The County is now offering these items for sale at the cost of procurement to qualified businesses.

Those in need of PPE will be asked to fill out a simple online form which will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours based on the qualification of business submission and PPE quantities available. Payment for orders must be completed online prior to pick up at one of two.

Modesto locations; the Community Hospice Logistics Center or Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. Only one request per month can be made through the PPE site. Applicants will be asked for a copy of their business license and a business entity number issued by the California Secretary of State.

Stanislaus PPE is made possible through a partnership agreement with Community Hospice. PPE orders will began on August 28, 2020. For more information or to place an order, visit stanislausppe.com.

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20200819-canyon

Canyon Zone Fire Info Line

The Canyon Zone Fire burning thousands of acres west of Patterson has forced evacuations. A public information line has been established.

The Canyon Zone Fire burning thousands of acres west of Patterson has forced resident evacuations. A Public Information line is now available.

The phone line for Canyon Fire information, established by CalFire, makes real-time fire information accessible to the public. Please call 669-247-7431 with questions regarding this fire.

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20200821-grant-canyon

Grant Application Assistance Available

Navigators assist businesses that need additional and individualized support during the application process.

On July 14, the County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the Stanislaus County Business Grant, designed to provide financial assistance to county businesses impacted by COVID-19. The infusion of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds is an investment strategy intended to stabilize the small business economy and secure the ongoing operation of non-profit services critical to community support and economic recovery in Stanislaus County. A total of $10 million in business revitalization and economic development support funding will be distributed to local businesses of all sizes this fall.

Many businesses are suffering the effects of COVID-19 and are in need of financial assistance programs like the Stanislaus County Business Grant. Struggling businesses may not be aware of the Local assistance available to them or may not have received Federal or State funding. During the previous Small Business Relief Grant, the County recognized that some businesses needed additional and individualized support during the application process.

To help provide the needed assistance and ensure broad community outreach, six agencies throughout Stanislaus County were identified to canvas and inform the local business community about the grant program. They are also assisting businesses as they navigate through the online application process with one-on-one support.

  • City Ministries Network
  • South Modesto Partnership
  • Hispanic Chamber
  • South Modesto United
  • Opportunity Stanislaus
  • West Modesto Community Collaboration

The focus of these navigators is specifically to assist the underserved in determining eligibility, obtaining all required documentation, successfully completing and submitting the Stanislaus County Business Grant application. To qualify as a navigator, they attended a two-hour training with Stanislaus County Workforce Development and must have a complete understanding of the Business Grant program as well as the documentation required to apply. During these last weeks the navigators have been proactively marketing the program to businesses and assisting with grant application completion. They are the main point of contact for Workforce Development for any application it assisted with submitting.

Applications for the Business Relief Grants will be accepted through August 28th. Businesses in need of a navigator can find full contact information at www.stanworkforce.com. Businesses can reach out to a navigator directly or receive a referral to one by calling Stanislaus County Workforce Development at 209-558-4473.

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20200728-BizGrant

$10 Million in Business Grants Available

A total of $10 million in business revitalization and economic development support funding will be distributed to local businesses of all sizes this fall.

On July 14, the County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of a Business Grant Program designed to provide financial assistance to Stanislaus County businesses impacted by COVID-19. The infusion of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds is an investment strategy intended to stabilize the small business economy and secure the ongoing operation of non-profit services critical to community support and economic recovery in Stanislaus County. A total of $10 million in business revitalization and economic development support funding will be distributed to local businesses of all sizes this fall, with an additional $4 million directed to nonprofit organizations serving our community. A $1 million dollar touchless gift card program is also under consideration.

The Business Grant Program will begin accepting online applications on Friday, July 31. Funding will be made available to eligible businesses in the form of grants. At least 50% of the funding will be allocated for small businesses that employ up to 50 full-time equivalent employees. The maximum grant funding for a small business is $25,000. Businesses employing greater than 50 full-time equivalent employees are also eligible under this program. The maximum grant funding for medium and large businesses is $50,000 under the guidelines of this relief program.

Eligible businesses will have until August 28th to apply. Applications will be scored based on criteria that includes prior business health, the level of COVID-19 impact to the business, business planning and impact, along with details regarding the intended use of funds. The Board of Supervisors also approved in concept two additional recommendations- the Non-Profit Support and Community Match Fund which are modeled after other local programs (the Resilient Stanislaus Fund and Downtown Modesto Partnership RAD Card). The non-profit support program includes a $4 million infusion of local support funding for three categories—direct service providers, youth services/activities, and community centered arts/culture nonprofit organizations. The Community Match Fund will allocate $1 million to implement a touchless gift card program countywide, allowing consumers to purchase gifts cards in several denominations and matching funds to stimulate the Stanislaus economy and support local restaurants and retailers (including personal care services). The Board of Supervisors will consider details of these programs at a future meeting.

The Business Grant program details and application are available here. Application navigators are available to assist applicants in Spanish as needed. Call 209.558.4473 for additional information.

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20200807-census

The Great Census Caravan

Stanislaus County is sponsoring the Great Census Caravan to encourage community members of all statuses and identities to complete the Census.

In alignment with the U.S. Census Bureau and the State of California Complete Count Office’s marketing and outreach campaign, Stanislaus County is sponsoring the Great Census Caravan. The event is designed to raise awareness of the 2020 Census in a visual way. South Modesto residents will see a caravan of vehicles driving throughout the area. South Modesto represents one of the hard-to-reach communities with low Census self-response rates.

This event scheduled for Saturday, August 15th is intended to encourage community members of all statuses and identities to complete the Census. We are asking caravan participants to decorate their vehicles, inside and out, with creative messages to promote the Census. Stanislaus County and its partners understand the great significance of the Census, but also understand how COVID-19 is affecting the community. Planning efforts have included COVID-19 precautionary requirements during the event to include participants remaining inside their vehicles, ensuring six feet of social distancing, adhering to recommended sanitary procedures, and wearing a mask.

Even in these unprecedented times, we must do our part to have our community counted accurately on the Census. The Census can be completed online (at www.my2020census.gov) or via telephone (see https://2020census.gov/en/contact-us.html for a list of telephone numbers available in several languages). Stanislaus County wins when everyone is counted!

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20200717-masks

County Distributes 1000s of Masks

The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's office has worked since May to distribute over 230,000 face coverings to farm workers and ag industry workers in our county.

The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's office has worked closely with partners in the ag industry since May to distribute over 230,000 face coverings to farm workers and those in the essential food and agriculture industry in our county. Since N95 masks are required for certain applications of pesticides, and personal protective equipment has been difficult to obtain during the COVID-19 pandemic, Milton O'Haire, Stanislaus County's Agricultural Commissioner made a request to the State Department of Pesticide Regulation and the California Department of Food and Agriculture for a distribution of masks, specifically requesting N95 masks. These masks offer a higher level of protection against airborne particles. Based on the potential of respirating chemicals, these are reserved for agricultural workers who apply pesticides.

Roughly 337,000 face coverings have been received by the county since that request. These shipments have included 100,800 N95 masks and 237,000 cloth and disposable masks. Working closely with the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, County Office of Emergency Services, Ag Safe and county staff, deliveries to ag workers began on May 20. Since then, over 230,000 face coverings and nearly 25,000 N95 masks have been delivered to growers, dairy workers, migrant farm workers, food processors, pesticide companies and others keeping our food production operations going strong in our region. Farm workers have received over 50,000 masks.

The Stanislaus County Public Health Division has also distributed over 26,000 cloth face coverings throughout the county to nonprofit organizations, church groups, health care centers, community partners, parent resource centers and school districts. Public Health mask and face covering distribution is critical to the health services effort to fight the spread of illness. Along with the face coverings, public health includes COVID-19 fliers and testing information cards, printed in English and Spanish. Several community partners have been vital to this distribution.

If members of the agricultural community need face coverings or N95 masks they should call the Ag Commissioners office at (209) 525-4732. General questions related to public health and Covid-19 can be directed to the 211 Call Center or (209)558-7535.

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20200715-100day

100-Day Challenge to Address Homelessness

On December 5th, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a 100-Day Challenge Initiative to address homelessness across California.

In December Governor Gavin Newsom announced a 100-Day Challenge Initiative to address homelessness across California. The Challenge calls on cities and counties to take immediate action in efforts to address homelessness by participating in a 100-Day Challenge cohort.

The Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) has brought on the Rapid Results Institute to assist in facilitating these 100-Day Challenges with several cohorts of communities in the upcoming months. With the support of a Results Institute coach, each of these jurisdictions will rapidly assess how things are working, set an ambitious goal regarding the number of individuals they will house in 100 days, identify necessary changes from their current processes and approaches to achieve the goal, and then implement their 100-Day Challenge and lock in the lessons learned to drive lasting change.

Joined by three other communities across California, Stanislaus County is participating in an ambitious effort to accelerate prevention and solutions to end homelessness for individuals in Project Roomkey. The communities comprising the first cohort to launch 100-Day Challenges as a part of this initiative include:

  • Alameda County
  • Riverside County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Stanislaus County

This first cohort, which launched in May, 2020, during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, will largely be focused on ensuring that the most vulnerable populations sheltered during this time will exit into permanent housing. Priority will be given to Project Roomkey participants. This first-in-nation initiative to secure hotel and motel rooms for those experiencing homelessness has proven an essential solution to sheltering many unsheltered residents.

Stanislaus County has launched an ambitious 100-Day Challenge goal:

In 100 days, 100 Individuals experiencing homelessness that are 65 and older and/or individuals experiencing homelessness with underlying medical conditions will successfully exit Project Roomkey into safe and stable housing (which can include Permanent Supportive Housing) and landlord engaged units with a focus on veterans, individuals dealing with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorder, and individuals with disabilities.

Individuals, organizations and communities interested in following the 100-Day Challenge progress can follow Stanislaus Partners in Housing on Facebook and search for challenge posts using the hashtag #ChangeIn100Days on social media.

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