Familia Center is a family resource center serving low-income Latino residents of Northern Santa Cruz County. The Center was founded in 1983 as a small health clinic to address the lack of accessible health care services for low-income Latino residents of the Beach Flats and Lower Ocean areas in the City Santa Cruz. Recognizing the additional needs of the Spanish-speaking community, Familia Center, has since evolved into a multi-faceted resource center with bilingual and culturally appropriate programs.
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To empower those who struggle with poverty, exclusion and racism while assisting them to meet their basic needs.
Advocacy and Support
Advocacy is offered in the areas of employment, housing, consumer issues, and health care access.
Familia Center prescreens for eligibility and assists with the first phase of the application process.
Familia Center hosts workshops in Spanish on topics such as domestic violence, the signs of drug use, food stamps eligibility, and family values in a new culture. For information about upcoming workshops please contact Rosa Reyes at 831-423-5747 ext. 11.
Forms and Application Assistance
Staff provides help in completing job and rental applications and in creating employment resumes. We also assist with EDD online applications.
Oral translation is provided from English to Spanish for clients who come to Familia Center with English language forms. Translation is also provided via telephone with landlords, employers and government agenices.
Our nonprofit partner, the Santa Cruz Women's Health Center provides glucose, blood pressure and anemia screening once a month. Please call for exact dates and times 423-5747 ext 15.
After School Homework Club
Afternoon Home Work Club-assistance is provided for youth in grades 5th through 8th grade. Please contact Yolanda Henry at 831-423-5747 ext. 12. Volunteers may also apply.
Teen Home Work Club
Evening Home Work Club for 9th, 10th and 11th grades meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:00 pm. Volunteers welcome to call 831-423-5747 ext 18 or Yolanda Henry at 831-423-5747 ext. 12.
Familia Center provides a summer recreation program targeting youth who live in the Beach Flats and Lower Ocean Street neighborhoods. One session is for children 7-11 years old and another for youth 12-16 years old. For information on start dates please contact Yolanda Henry 831-423-5747 ext. 12. Volunteers are also needed who can provide transportation.
Bags and boxes of groceries are distributed on the Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month at 3 pm -5 pm. Clothing is also distributed during this time.
Parenting Classes in Spanish
Familia Center offers individulized parent education using the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. For more information please contact Rosa Reyes at 423-5747 ext. 11.
Volunteering opportunities are available with our youth and food distribution programs.
Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to apply, it is not necessary that you speak Spanish.
Help is needed in preparing bags for distribution on the day before the distribution and packaging rice and beans.
Please contact Edgar Landeros at email@example.com or call 831-423-5747 ext. 15 for food distribution volunteer opportunities.
After school homework club
Afternoon Home Work Club-assistance is provided for youth in grades 5th through 8th grade.
Teen Home Work Club
Evening Home Work Club for 9th, 10th and 11th grades meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:00 pm.
What Familia Center requires of volunteers for the youth program:
- be available for 3 hours, once a week, Monday-Thursday, for a minimum of 10 weeks.
- meet with staff for an orientation
- select to work from 3:30-5:30 pm with the After School Homework Club or from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the Teen Club.
- volunteers over 18 years are required to be finger printed.
- if under 18, high school or middle school volunteers do not need to be finger printed.
For volunteer opportunities with youth, please contact Yolanda Henry firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-423-5747 ext. 12.
We accept donations of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruit, tuna, and peanut butter. We also accept clean used clothing in good condition. We do not accept furniture or appliances. Donations are accepted Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 - 5 pm. If you have questions please contact Yolanda Henry or Edgar Landeros at 423-5747 or email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Familia Center's Tax ID# is 77-0071589.
California Association of Food Banks
CDPH-Network for a Health California
Central Coast Nutrition Network: USDA
City of Santa Cruz
The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Community Development Block Grant
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Granite Construction Incorporated
Human Services Department of Santa Cruz County: Community Programs
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
New Leaf Community Markets
Residents Association of Dominican Oaks
Share Our Strength: The Great American Bake Sale
Tides Foundation in collaboration with Santa Cruz Women's Health Center
831-423-5747 ext. 12
Sr. Case Manager, contact for advocacy, food stamp assistance and health insurance renewals
831-423-5747 ext. 11
Pantry Coordinator, contact for pantry assistance, volunteer opportunities. Accepts donations of clothing and small household items
831-423-5747 ext. 15
Senior Case Manager, contact for advocacy, food stamp assistance and health insurance renewals
831-423-5747 ext. 16
Administrative Assistant, supports all programs and provides information and referral to callers
831-423-5747 ext. 13