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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alzheimers Disease, Health, Human Services, Job Training, Rehabilitative Care, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs, Vocational Counseling

Mission: Provide rehabilitation services for physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Programs: Adult day health care and community based adult services are health and social services provided in a congregate setting to provide therapeutic activities, exercise, nutrition and nurturing to the adult population who are frail and have disabilities. The day programming includes therapies provided by a registered nurse, social worker, physical speech and occupational therapists, activity coordinator and direct care staff. These programs are offered in antioch and pleasant hill monday through friday from 9:30am - 3:00pm. The pleasant hill location provides these services in english, farsi, and russian and has a special program called the alzheimer's day care resource center for people in the mid-to-late stages of alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The pleasant hill location additionally has social day programming in the same setting which provides supervised activities without the skilled health interventions. The multipurpose senior services program (mssp) provides mobile care management to contra costa's frailest and lowest income residents. People who are 65 years of age or older, are on medi-cal, and are eligible to be living in a skilled nursing institution due to their chronic multiple health conditions are cared for by their own team of a social worker and registered nurse who manage their care and assist them to remain living in the community. Mssp car management teams help patients get to their medical appointments, get necessary in-home care, work with them to best manage their medications, build ramps to help make their homes accessible as they age and so much more. California community transitions project (cct) helps people who are on medi-cal and have been living ina skilled nursing institution for longer than 3 months and want to transition out of the facility and back in the community. The team of transition coordinators work to find housing, arrange for in-home care, set up medical appointments, provide adaptations to homes and vehicles, and link them to programs that will help ensure their independence in community living.

vocational services are provided to youth who have barriers to employment. Employment specialists work with at-risk youth to help identify jobs, work with the on their soft skills and help place them in permanent employment.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working with the Oldies

I choose to work in the nonprofit world with the aging population because they inspire me to be my absolute best! When I show up for work and walk into the congregate setting where frail elders are engaged in activities it makes my heart soar! I have learned to write grants, advocate, testify in senate and assembly hearings, write compelling letters of support, run an agency and so much more.

I give back because they gave to me. I often think of how this society turns its back on elders and it seems so sad. We always invest in our youth because they 'are the future.' Well, we were once 'the future' and were invested in by our grandparents and parents and now we are sweeping them under the rug - as a society.

I am inspired to change this each and every time I see a senior who without nonprofit programs would be in an institution. It is the smile that keeps me giving!

I volunteer my evenings and weekends to support other nonprofits, like the Food Bank and Adult Day Health programs because not everyone was born equal and those that have should give.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saving Adult Day Health Care at 12 Years Old.

When I was 12 years old, I went to Sacramento and testified in a Senate Budget Committee hearing about saving Adult Day Health Care. I took the day off school and my teacher was so supportive of me. When I got to the hearing room, I felt nervous because it was so big and the Senators were up high above the audience and I had to speak in a microphone for the first time. I also noticed it was being filmed for television and I got butterflies in my stomach and was sweating bullets. But I did it! I got up and spoke and I felt like they listened. I made them think. I told them I hated to think what would happen to my grandmother ,who has always supported me, if they took away adult day health care and she would go to an institution. I felt like they heard me, understood my passion on the issue and I made a difference.

Additionally, I enjoy volunteering at the adult day health center because when I work with the seniors, I can see the smiles in their eyes. Making them happy is super heart warming and I love it because they deserve that happiness. There is no greater feeling than knowing you caused someones day to be even a tad bit brighter.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Are Seniors Sexy?
Sounds like a shocking question but let me explain. I work for a non-profit that has been struggling for years. We are located in Pleasant Hill, California and are a part of the very diverse Bay Area. Here at Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, we work with the frail and disabled and provide day programs for them to participate in. These day care programs help to keep these elders from being sent to a skilled nursing facility and allows them to remain in the comfort of their own home, with their dignity and independence, all while giving their caregivers respite. We have been around since 1949, and are still very unknown to our community. And this is where I answer the question above: No, seniors are not sexy. They are not an appealing demographic for the public to donate to or even pay attention to, hence the struggle to stay open and relevant.
No one wants to age, and no one thinks about what is going to happen to them when they age, but we do. We fight for rights for seniors, to ensure they are treated by our government with respect, and are able to keep their livelihood.
I will end with this question: who thinks of themselves aging, and then thinks of being sent to a nursing home?

Review from #MyGivingStory