Get Inspired with Great Summer Camp

A group of kids in lime green t-shirts smile at the camera.

The Grass Valley Police Department, NEO, and PARTNERS Family Resource Center are teaming up this summer to host the Great Summer Youth Academy for local 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

This super fun week-long day camp brings students together to build their leadership skills. The camp is led by uniformed Police officers and NEO staff. Activities include skits, games, and field trips. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Session 1, for 6th graders, is July 8-12.
Session 2, for 7th and 8th graders, is July 15-19.

Tuition is $125. Scholarships are available (write a note on your form if you are interested in a scholarship). The deadline to apply is May 22nd.

Check out the NEO website or call 530-470-3869 for more information.

To Apply

Download the application here.

Drop off your application and reference letter at the Family Resource Center located at 235 South Auburn Street (next to GV Charter School) or at the NEO Youth Center located at 139 Joerschke Drive.

SSI Recipients Eligible for CalFresh Benefits

Informational flyer on CalFresh and SSI
Click on the above image to open a PDF of the flyer.

As of June 1, 2019 people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for CalFresh benefits.

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) provides financial support to people with low income. CalFresh benefits can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The program previously excluded seniors and people with disabilities who received SSI benefits.

This change will increase access to healthy food for many low income families in our community.

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size, countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards. (Learn more about using your EBT card at local farmers’ markets here). 

How does this affect specific customers?

• SSI income amounts will not be reduced or eliminated.

• Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) income amounts will increase by $10 per person to align the rates with SSI rates.

• Single persons receiving SSI will be able to apply for benefits starting June 1, 2019. 

• SSI recipients who are included in active CalFresh households will automatically be added to the household’s case when their next report or renewal is due. They do not need to apply.

The State has created a flyer with more information about changes to CalFresh for SSI recipients. In English. En Español.

Learn more about applying for CalFresh benefits here.

Carnival Highlights Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety

Carnival flyerBring the whole family out to the Rood Center on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for the Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival.
 
The day will include free activities, events, giveaways, and food. Meet your local first responders, watch a helicopter demo, or saddle up for a bike rodeo. And grab a free carseat and helmet while supplies last.
 
There’s something for everyone!
 
This year’s event is sponsored by the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and Gold Country Kiwanis.
 
Go to MyNevadaCounty.com/SafetyCarnival for more information.

Details

What: Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival
When: Saturday, May 4th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

Hospice to Host Medical Cannabis Talk

Flyer for the Hospice event
Join Hospice of the Foothills for a talk on the science and application of medical cannabis. Researcher, activist, and cultivator Wade Laughter will cover uses of medical cannabis. Learn how cannabis can impact symptoms like pain, nausea, glaucoma, and appetite loss.
 
Seating is limited. RSVP to 530-274-5161.

Details

What: Presentation on cannabis workshop flyer the Science and Application of Medical Cannabis
When: Thursday, April 25, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Where: Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley
Cost: Free

Walk-In Clinic for Drug & Alcohol Assessment

Flyer for the Walk-in assessment clinicBeginning March 18th, the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department will offer a free walk-in assessment clinic for drug and alcohol treatment. The clinic is open to all Nevada County residents covered by Medi-Cal (or who may qualify for Medi-Cal) who are interested in residential treatment.

A variety of treatment options are available, depending on the level of need. Treatment priority will be given to certain populations, including pregnant/parenting people who are using substances and those using IV drugs.

The “first come first served” clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon at 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley. Staff recommends arriving at 9:00 am. Clinic participants should bring their Medi-Cal ID card, if possible.

For more information about drug and alcohol treatment resources, please call 530-265-1437.

Details

What: Walk-In Assessment Clinic for Drug & Alcohol Treatment
When: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, beginning March 18th
Where: Nevada County Behavioral Health, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley
Cost: Free

Upcoming Trainings Focus on Youth Mental Health

Flyer with details of the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainingWhat’s Up! Wellness is hosting two upcoming trainings for adults interested in learning about adolescent mental health. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives participants information on how to provide initial support and resources to youth in need. The two-day class covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help a teen in crisis.

Participants who complete the full eight hour class will be certified for three years.

For more information, call 530-268-5854 or email wellnesscheckups@gmail.com.

Details

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
March 28 and 29, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Where: FREED, 435 Sutton Way in Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
 April 4 and 5, 9:00 am-1:15 pm
Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

Free Screening of Angst, a Film Exploring Youth Anxiety

Black and white image of a young person wearing a swim cap in a pool. The Text reads: "Angst. Anxiety disorders are real, common, and treatable...let's talk about it!

The Nevada Joint Union High School District is proud to present two free screenings of the award-winning film Angst. Angst explores anxiety, its causes, its effects, and what we can do about it. The film features interviews with kids and young adults who have or have had anxiety and what they’ve learned about it along the way. Viewers will learn more about the causes of anxiety and resources and tools available for those living with anxiety.

Both free screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts. Guardians, caregivers, and other caring adults are invited to attend. The film is appropriate for students 12+ as well. 

Check out a preview of Angst or see the Angst website for more information about the film.

Details

What: Free Screening of Angst
When & Where: March 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, Don Baggett Theater, Nevada Union High School
                              March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bear River High School
Cost: Free

USDA Offers Home Repair Loans & Grants for Homeowners with Low Income

California’s housing crisis has put a strain on many individuals and families with low income. It’s critically important that homeowners with low income, particularly seniors, be able to make 

Click on the image above to open a PDF of the flyer.

necessary repairs to stay safely in their own homes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to meet this community need.

The USDA’s Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers qualifying rural homeowners low-interest loans or grants to repair roofing, siding, flooring, insulation, electrical, and other health and safety hazards. The program provides grants of up to $7,500 for individuals aged 62 and over and loans of to $20,000 (with interest as low as 1%) for qualifying low-income homeowners of any age.

In Nevada County, annual income limits are $38,350 for a household of one to four people and $50,650 for a household of five to eight people (see table below).

To qualify you must:

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
  • Have a family income below 50% of the area’s median income
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

Nevada County Income Limits:

 Household Size 1-4 People 5-8 People
 Maximum Annual Income $38,350 $50,650

To get your application started, contact Program Specialist Robert Canepa by phone at 530-217-6252 or by email at robert.canepa@usda.gov. USDA Rural Development’s nearest service center is located at 11661 Blocker Drive, Suite 120 in Auburn.To learn more about the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program’s requirements, check out the USDA website or download the flyer for more information.

School Safety Summits

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office is hosting two upcoming Safety Summits for parents and guardians of local students. Learn how the Superintendent’s Office collaborates with first responders to prepare for and respond to crises in our schools.

This engaging presentation will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire services, and the California Highway Patrol. The panel will address issues such as wildfires, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place procedures.

Summit Dates:

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Nevada Union High School
11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bear River High School
11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley

For more information, contact Safety and School Climate Coordinator Chris Espedal by phone at 530-478-6400 ext. 2047 or by email at cespedal@nevco.org.

Judges Needed for Directing Change Film Contest

Each year, the Directing Change Program and Film Contest invites youth throughout California to submit 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. The goal of the program is to engage young people in learning about these critical health topics through the medium of film. The films are then used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts in schools and communities.

Directing Change is currently seeking judges to help select this year’s winning films. Do you have expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health?  Become a judge today! 

The process is simple. Judges must:

  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in February.
  • Review up to 12 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each. The judging period will take place in mid-March 2019.

The entire judging process will take less than 2 hours of your time and can be done online from home. Judges are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program.

Learn more at the Directing Change website or complete the online application here.

The winning teams and their associated schools will win prizes, receive prevention programs and other resources for their schools, and attend the award ceremony at the end of the school year. See past submissions here.

Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Cal ABLE Provides Gateway to Financial Security

In California, many people with disabilities and their families rely on a variety of public benefits provided by state and federal governments to make ends meet. They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), MediCal, CalFresh, and other state health insurance programs.

These programs provide critically important services to people with disabilities but often do not allow individuals to save more than a total of $2,000, or earn more than $680 a month.

These restrictions are a disincentive for people with disabilities and their families to save for long-term needs, leaving them vulnerable to changes in health, living arrangements, unexpected emergencies, or to pay for the cost of care.

The new CalABLE Program opens up life-improving opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. CalABLE allows individuals with disabilities to contribute to tax-free savings and investment accounts without losing their benefits. Eligible individuals can contribute $15,000 a year into an ABLE account and maintain benefits like Medi-Cal and CalFresh.

Contributions to an ABLE account can be made by family, friends, or the beneficiary themselves. The account’s earnings are allowed to accumulate tax-free, and the withdrawals, provided they are applied to qualifying disability expenses, are tax-free.

One of the largest benefits afforded by the ABLE Act is the ability to exclude certain assets from federal means-tested programs. As an example, in order for an individual to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the countable resources must be worth not more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. Savings held in an ABLE account, up to a $100,000 limit, are not counted against the $2,000 limit on personal assets for individuals to qualify for SSI and other public benefits.

In essence, the ABLE Act has increased the cap for countable assets from $2,000 to $100,000 for people with disabilities seeking eligibility for SSI.

See the CalABLE fact sheet for more information or go to the CalABLE website to learn more about this important new program.

Habitat for Humanity to Host Information Meetings

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity is holding two application information meetings this month for potential new homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity homes are for families with low income who need better housing and are willing to partner with Habitat. Habitat homes are built by volunteers and are sold to homeowners at no profit, with a 0% interest mortgage.

Application information meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. For more information, check out the flyer or call 530-274-1951.

Childcare will be available by request. Please call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot.

Details

What: Habitat for Humanity Application Information meeting

When: Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm or Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 236 S. Church Street, Grass Valley

Cost: Free. Call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Forums Focus on Community Needs

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission is seeking community input on the needs of people with very low income in Nevada County.

The commission is holding two Community Forums to learn more about community needs related to the broad issues of poverty, unemployment, education, health, nutrition, housing, homelessness, crime, transportation, delinquency, obstacles to self-sufficiency, and economic opportunity.

Individual community members and representatives of local organizations are invited to share their views and experiences. In Eastern Nevada County, the forum will be held on Thursday, December 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue. In Western Nevada County, the forum will be held on Friday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. Each speaker will be given five minutes to present. A sign-up sheet for speakers will be provided at the door.

If you are unable to attend a Community Forum, you can still make your voice heard by completing a short survey online. There is a survey for individual community members and one for community organizations. If you would like a written form, contact Suzi Kochems by phone at 530-228-7811 or by email at suzi@silkconsultinggroup.com.

The mission of the Adult & Family Services Commission is to represent the community to the Board of Supervisors on issues regarding health and human services and family interests of all residents of Nevada County.  The information gathered at the upcoming Community Forums will contribute to the needs assessment process required as a part of the 2020/21 Community Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is part of the application process for ongoing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for supportive service programs.

Details

What: Community Forums on the Needs of People with Low Income

When & Where:

Thursday, December 6th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue, Truckee

Friday, December 7th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City

Become a Confident Dementia Caregiver

Caregiver

Connecting Point is offering a free two day class for those who provide care for folks with dementia. The Confident Dementia Caregiver, taught by local gerontologist Renee Chevraux, will help caregivers feel comfortable and knowledgeable when assisting someone with dementia. Participants will learn about the causes of various types of dementia, appropriate tools for redirection, and how to work with common behaviors of those experiencing memory loss. The class will explore realistic approaches to repetitive, agitated, or combative behavior.

The two day Confident Dementia Caregiver class will be held on November 7th and 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cedar Park Community Room on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The class is free and open to the public.

Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.

Details

What: The Confident Dementia Caregiver

When: November 7 & 8, 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Cedar Park Community Room, 210 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free

Share Your Ideas for Future Sidewalks and Bike Lanes

Bike Lane

The Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) wants your input on local sidewalks, bicycle paths, and trails.

The NCTC is working with the County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, and Town of Truckee to create an Active Transportation Plan for Nevada County. The Plan will evaluate pedestrian and bicycle needs and prioritize recommendations.

NCTC is seeking input from Nevada County residents using an online mapping tool. Users can add their own suggestions or comments for sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails or vote and comment on the suggestions of others. Online comments will be accepted through October 7th.

Additionally, NCTC will host public workshops on October 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Truckee Town Hall Council Chambers and on October 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the council chambers at Grass Valley City Hall.

If you’ve ever wished for a sidewalk, bicycle lane, or trail in your community, this is your chance to share your ideas.

Get Your Free Flu Shot at Drive-Thru Clinic

Fight Flu

The Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley on Tuesday, October 9th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm (or while supplies last).

The drive-thru clinic is for adults and children three years of age and older. (If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the next month, please see your primary care or prenatal care provider to get your annual flu vaccination).

The clinic will be held in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway. Participants will only be able to access the parking lot using the westbound lane off of Rough and Ready Highway; no eastbound access will be allowed due to safety concerns. This is a drive-thru only event; all participants will be required to stay in their vehicles. Due to safety concerns, walkups and bicycles will not be permitted.

The Public Health Department is hoping for a large turnout, not only to protect residents from the flu, but also to learn valuable lessons and enhance response efforts in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency. Public participation is essential to making this exercise a success.

For more information or questions, call 530-470-2658 or email the Public Health Department.

Details

What: Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

When: Tuesday, October 9th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm (or while supplies last)

Where: Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley

Cost: Free

Do You Live In an Age-Friendly Community?

Survey GraphicAARP and the Agency on Aging Area 4 want your opinion. They are teaming up to ask folks what makes a community great for people of all ages. The Age-Friendly Community Survey is your chance to rate our community on a wide variety of topics, including housing, transportation, recreation, health & wellness, and employment.

Take a few minutes to complete the survey here. Your responses are anonymous and will be used only to promote age-friendly communities for people of all ages.

Tools & Support to Quit Smoking

Cigarette SmashFinding your path to a tobacco-free life is easier with the right tools. Connecting Point and the Nevada County Public Health Department are teaming up to help folks quit for good.

Tools, Strategies, & Support

Connecting Point is now offering the American Lung Association’s innovative Freedom from Smoking program free to Nevada County residents.

Freedom from Smoking is an 8-class series for folks who are ready to quit smoking.  Participants will work together to set a quit date, build a quit plan, and support each other through their first tobacco-free weeks.

The class includes strategies for identifying triggers, managing stress, and avoiding weight gain. You’ll also learn how tools like quit-smoking medications can increase your chances of quitting.

It’s all about putting a plan in place that will work best for you.

The next Freedom from Smoking workshop starts September 26th and meets weekly through November 7th. Classes are from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Glenbrook Community Room, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Participants who attend all eight classes will receive a $50 gift card. Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.

Freedom from Smoking is sponsored by the Nevada County Public Health Department.

Kits to Help You Quit

One key to quitting is changing your routines. What are those feelings or situations that make you reach for a cigarette? Finding the right substitutes–whether it’s to reduce stress, fill the time, or keep your hands busy—can help you reduce your dependence on tobacco.

The Public Health Department has put together Quit Kits with some simple tools and ideas to help you break the habit. Kits are free and delivered to you by mail. Get your free Quit Kit by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499) and asking for your Quit Kit today.

Quitting tobacco is a challenge, but millions of people have done it. So can you!

Get on the Move with Travel Training

On the Move

Access to transportation gives you better access to the world.

If you live near a bus stop, chances are you can make it to most of the places you need to go. Buses in Nevada County go to most local grocery stores. Many doctor’s offices and clinics are on bus routes. Libraries, banks, movie theatres, and parks are all accessible by bus.

Buses are a great transportation option, but many of us don’t even know where to start.

Riding the bus is easier than it might seem, especially when you know what to expect. Connecting Point’s new travel training program will help demystify the bus system and give you the tools you need to ride with confidence.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in learning to ride.

Here’s how it works:

Get Where You Want to Go

The travel training program is about getting you to YOUR destinations. Want to go to grocery shopping, meet a friend at a café, or get to an appointment? You’ll learn to find the best routes, time your trip, and recognize your stops to get you where you’re going on-time and hassle-free.

Find Tools That Work for You

Public transportation is for everyone. People of all ages and abilities ride the bus; sometimes we just need the right tools or knowledge to get where we need to go. We’ll work together to find the tools, technology, and techniques to make the bus system work for you.

Take a Bus Buddy

It’s always nice to have a partner when you’re learning something new. Our travel trainer will be with you every step of the way. You’ll plan together, ride together, and review your trip together. We’re in this together until you feel confident to ride alone.

Getting started is easy. Contact Travel Trainer Daniela Fernandez by email at danielaf@connectingpoint.org or by phone at 530-274-5601 to learn more about the program and schedule your first appointment. We’re excited to help you get on the move!

Get Engaged with Falls Prevention Event

The Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting their 11th annual community event on Wednesday, September 12th. The theme this year is Fall Prevention “Beyond the Throw Rug,” with presentations focused on decision-making, planning, and resources to help you stay safe, strong, active, and engaged.

The agenda for the day includes morning coffee and pastries, a resource fair with local organizations, and a buffet lunch. Music will be provided by the Forever Young Senior Chorus.

This fun, free event will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Register by September 7th by calling 530-477-9700.

Details Falls Prevention Flyer

What: Falls Prevention Coalition Community Event

When: Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Where: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174 near Union Hill School)

Cost: Free! Call 530-477-9700 to register.