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County of Santa Clara and Grace Center to Host Special Event for Homeless and Mental Health Clients in Need of Services

Second Annual Summer BBQ to Provide Free Food,Health and Dental Screenings, Services
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Probation Department’s Mental Health Unit and Grace Community Center are hosting their Second Annual Summer BBQ for homeless and mental health clients. It is anticipated that hundreds of clients may benefit from this special event providing food, games, music and entertainment. Most importantly, participants will have access to free health and dental screenings, personal care items and information about specialized support services that address mental health and homeless needs.
 
WHO:
Santa Clara County Adult Probation Department – Mental Health Unit
Grace Community Center
Homeless and Mental Health Clients  
 
WHEN:
Thursday, August 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
City of San Jose Grace Community Center
484 E. San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95122
 
WHY: 
At the Santa Clara County Probation Department, the Adult Mental Health Unit works with and provides services to mentally ill defendants and facilitates peer support groups.  All groups/meetings are held at the San Jose Grace Community Center “Blue House” site.  Groups include Family of Friends, a Women’s and Men’s Group, Thinking Errors, and Three Principles.  These groups are based on a Cognitive Therapeutic Model, (CBT) that evidence has shown to reduce recidivism.  In total, six different probation facilitated groups are held on a weekly basis. Approximately 60 to 70 people attend the various groups. Grace Community Center is one of the largest providers of vital services to the City’s homeless population, many of whom also suffer mental illness. 
 
The BBQ is the result of a successful collaboration between the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose to promote acceptance and encouragement to those who are facing tremendous hardships in their lives. The goal of the BBQ is to provide a brief exposure to essential services and create pathways to ongoing community connections.
 
For more information, contact Maureen Hartinger Wheatley, Supervising Deputy Probation Officer,
Adult Mental Health Unit at (408) 435-2230. 
 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Nick Birchard, Probation Manager Adult Division (408) 435-2149
Posted: August 13, 2014