ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY
The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) is an organization that was born to support and build leadership within our community and in particular our farmworkers and their families. As such, we have worked side by side with them to help improve their living conditions, advocating to have more affordable housing and access to health services and resources.
MEET OUR HEROES
The Community Advocacy Center awards the 2011 Ben Heller Award for Leadership and Courage to the Salinas Valley Health Clinic (Clinic) and its General Director, Dr. Maximiliano Cuevas.
Clínica has been providing low-cost health services to families in the Salinas and Pájaro valleys since 1981, when a group of community volunteers and volunteer physicians came together to design a program to bring health services to agricultural workers.
OUR HOUSING PROGRAM
We help farmworkers organize housing-site committees for the purpose of improving substandard conditions in the housing units that they occupy. CCA also helps farmworkers to mobilize members from the various housing committees to advocate for the construction of new, quality, affordable housing for farmworkers and other low-income working families.
If you think you would like to establish a neighborhood committee to help you resolve your housing or health issues, contact CCA for assistance. We will make every effort to assist you or refer you to the appropriate individual or agency!
BE THE GOOD YOU WANT TO SEE
CCA is able to “help farmworkers help themselves” because of the generous support of our local community, foundations and private donors. If you would like to support the work of the CCA, please contact our office or make a tax-deductible donation.
YOUTH FOR CHANGE
Youth For Change: Young people discover their collective power through organizing together.
These youth are interested and inspired to go to university, but they don’t know, and their parents don’t know what the pathway is, so they are building their own pathway plan.
In collaboration with various programs in Salinas, the idea is to construct a simple resource that any student and parent can use to plan options.
Please welcome the Recipients of our Ben Heller Award for Leadership and Courage and our Sam Karas Farmworker Leadership Awardees. We look to recognize these people for their tireless efforts to promote the CCA’s mission and values through contributions of their time and talent.
CCA’s Strong Families Program strives to reduce violence and other forms of abusive behavior by teaching strategies that strengthen family relationships. CCA trains neighborhood leaders to help their peers incorporate certain strategies into their familial relationships.
CCA trains neighborhood leaders to act as promotores comunitarios, or health promoters. After being trained, the promotores deliver, to their peers, preventative health information/ interventions in the following areas: chronic diseases, behavioral health and youth violence prevention.
HOW WE HELP
CCA serves farmworkers and other low-income working families in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. We give preference to families or groups residing in substandard housing sites. Our services are provided free of charge.
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