Nonprofit Organization Spotlight
Founded in 1968, the Emergency Food Bank (EFB) is the largest provider of packaged emergency food in San Joaquin County. Their mission is “to build a stronger community by providing a safety net of healthy food, nutrition education, and hope to residents of San Joaquin County who find themselves in need.” The Emergency Food Bank Main Pantry serves approximately 257 households per day. Open from 9am-12pm Monday through Friday, the Main Pantry provides emergency food assistance to San Joaquin County residents once a month.
Located in Stockton, the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (or CCBVI for short) works to assist the blind or visually impaired of all ages in living independent lives. Their vision is to, “provide the information, tools, and resources that will empower and inspire people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their full potential.” The CCBVI has served those in the San Joaquin community for over 68 years, and have both youth and adult programs.
The LOEL Senior Center, as their website states, is “dedicated to offering free and low cost programs and services that help seniors remain independent, healthy, active, and fulfilled in their daily lives.” These programs and services work to combat feelings of helplessness and loneliness that the elderly are susceptible to facing.
The Lord’s Gym City Center, although equipped with various exercising equipment, is much more than just a gym. Located in Stockton, CA, the Lord’s Gym City Center aims to foster a safe, fun and hopeful environment for members in the community of all ages- especially the youth. Teens’ memberships are sponsored by members and community partners of the City Center and funded through various donations, so that youth aged 13-17 are welcome to join the gym free of charge.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) of San Joaquin is an organization that focuses on providing the necessary tools for children and families in the community to combat verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. CAPC’s mission is to “eliminate child abuse and neglect throughout San Joaquin County through prevention, intervention and education.” They work to protect children by spreading awareness in the community along with providing access to various services.
The Agape Villages Foster Family Agency is committed to placing foster children who often have experienced trauma, neglect, and grief into safe and supportive families with fully qualified foster parents. Agape Villages serves 23 counties in Northern California including San Joaquin and Sacramento, and have offices in Manteca, San Ramon, and San Leandro.
H.O.P.E. Family Shelters, also known as Hope Ministries Inc., is located in Manteca, CA. Their objective is to reduce homelessness in the community by providing the homeless with food, shelter, as well as various programs and services to aid them in becoming occupationally and residentially independent. Hope Ministries Inc. are currently housing homeless women, children, as well as single fathers with children.