Del Campo Junior Cougars

Story and photos by Andrea Hatch  |  2018-10-04

Team, Community, Family

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Who are the Del Campo Junior Cougars (DCJC)? They are a team, a community, and a family. They are a nonprofit supported by businesses throughout the community and have been around since 2006. The Del Campo Junior Cougars are made up of 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U teams for football and cheer and each team consists of approximately 160 football players and 40 cheerleaders. In 2017 all four football teams made it to the playoffs and three of the four made it to the championships. The 10U Del Campo cheer team took first place at the USA cheer nationals, which is outstanding.

DCJC has an executive board of six, additional committee board of 10, 50 coaches, and the parent volunteers that make the dream work for these kids. The team enforces academic and behavioral contracts to ensure that the kids are taking their school seriously and representing themselves in a respectful manner, on and off of the field. The executive board does not just work during the season, they work year round to be sure there are sponsors to make each season successful. There are several teams throughout the Sacramento area, but as you can see from the numbers of players in this organization, many people choose this team due to the feeling of family and community that is present in this organization.

As you may have recently seen, this team made a boy’s dream come true by bringing him onto the field and having him score their touchdown. For that boy, that was one of the best moments, and a lifelong memory, that may not have been possible without the love, support, and dedication of the Del Campo Junior Cougars.  

Recently, Avante Washington, one of the DCJC players, was in a car accident that caused serious injuries. Avante and his mom were both injured, and Avante had to learn how to walk, again, due to a spinal injury that has caused the loss of movement to his right side. This incident showed the true community that DCJC is made of. Several team members, the DCJC President, and other members of the DCJC family rallied around Avante physically and spiritually.

Avante is now home and was able to be there for the most recent game and DCJC will continue to provide support and help in any way they can because Avante, and all DCJC players are not just football players, they are DCJC family. No player is left behind.

On Saturday, September 29, Del Campo Junior Cougars played Placer. 8U won their game 36-0 and went into a controlled scrimmage, 10U won 38-0 and went into a controlled scrimmage, 12U won 18-16, and 14U had their first loss of the season with a final score of 10-8. Even with 14U’s loss they remain in first place in their division.

The Junior Cougars, win or lose, maintain a positive attitude and continue to build their players up. DCJC know the importance of showing good sportsmanship, no matter the situation. The season is not quite over, so all we can say is “Go Cougars!”

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“Teacher Night” a First at Aerospace Museum

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-10-05

From preschool to high school, teachers inside and outside of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields came together to learn what the museum has to offer their students and discover new ways to integrate STEM learning in the classroom.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - After a full day of teaching school, instructors came from as far away as El Dorado Hills to attend the Aerospace Museum of California’s first Teacher Night on September 27. From preschool to high school, teachers inside and outside of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields came together to learn what the museum has to offer their students and discover new ways to integrate STEM learning in the classroom. Refreshments and a sneak peek at the museum’s new exhibit, “Our Solar System: an interactive journey,” including a teacher’s exhibit guide, were part of the evening’s curriculum.

The museum is located on McClellan Air Force base where it began in 1986 as McClellan Aviation Museum. Director Tom Jones, who has held the position since March, says that the museum is committed to STEM education for students of all ages and to becoming the best on the West Coast. As a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum affiliate, exhibits like the 2018 “Art of the Airport Tower” and 2017 “DaVinci Inventions” can be brought to Sacramento.

On the main floor, nestled between airplanes, an SR71 jet propulsion engine, and a history of space exploration, were activities for children of all ages, and the teachers took full advantage by seeing how parachutes function or engineering with marbles. Others learned why the moon turns blue and viewed photos of nebulae on one of the many monitors that will accompany the exhibit. Each visitor was treated to a docent led tour of the museum and its grounds.

Upstairs, at the far end, tucked in a hallway, teachers made their way to the Flyers Flight Zone to experience simulated flying on one of the six high-end gaming machines. Museum volunteers, led by Flyers Flight Zone Director Warren Searls, educated the educators and allowed each some hands-on flight time.

“There is a huge shortage of pilots worldwide,” Searls said, adding that the Flight Zone is a way to interest fifth through twelfth grade students in flight and perhaps becoming pilots. In 2017, 10,000 students visited the Flight Zone, and many from Title 1 schools received scholarships for the flight simulations. He wants teachers to encourage students to remain in school and consider taking those STEM classes.

Miss Naomi Endsley, from Orangevale’s Almondale Academy, was one of the first teachers to try the simulator.

“I didn’t crash,” she said, a sentiment echoed by other teachers who took turns at flying to New Zealand, Switzerland, and San Francisco.

Endlsey teaches second and third grades and said that she definitely picked up new ideas for her students. Like many others that evening, she had never been to the museum. She said that she’ll bring her students and let them have the chance to see a piece of history and what technology really is. She engaged in conversation with Karen Jones, the museum’s development director and Tom Jones, museum director, about what technology holds in store for the future.

Twin Rivers Unified School District teachers agreed that they would definitely bring their students, one of several school districts the museum currently facilitates STEM, history, and art learning opportunities with. San Juan Unified School District, UC Davis, Sacramento State University, American River College, University of the Pacific, and charter schools are others.

Director Jones said that the museum has a formal mentorship program with the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Sacramento State undergraduate history students are conducting research on the museum’s airplanes and will create videos that may be accessed with QR codes to enhance the static exhibits. At least one Sacramento State graduate student is working on his master’s thesis by building an upcoming exhibit about Bob Hoover who, among other things, was a revolutionary in aerobatic flying. Sacramento City College owns the Fed Ex jet parked in the outside exhibition area and uses it as its classroom.

Even the youngest students can benefit from STEM learning as Kimberly Dillon, preschool teacher at Discovery Learning Center in Fair Oaks, said. She has brought her students to the museum for several trips and said that they really enjoy climbing the planes. Her guest that evening was her son, Anthony.

“Very cool for kids,” was the phrase most often heard from teachers.

For additional information, visit www.aerospaceca.org. If you go: 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA.

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Appeals Case Impacts Illegal Camping Ordinance

SacCounty Release  |  2018-10-04

Since January 2018, Sacramento County rangers have issued 1,834 citations for unlawful camping under the County ordinance, and 224 citations for unlawful camping under the City of Sacramento ordinance. Photo courtesy SacCounty News

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A federal court decision has ruled that illegal camping ordinances are unconstitutional and that local governments cannot cite or arrest anyone sleeping on public property.

On September 4, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the case Robert Martin v. City of Boise, stating that enforcing anti-camping ordinances when adequate shelter beds are unavailable is unconstitutional.

Because of that ruling, the Sacramento County Department of Parks stopped enforcing the City of Sacramento’s anti-camping ordinance and the County ordinance prohibiting camping without a permit.

Since January 2018, Sacramento County rangers have issued 1,834 citations for unlawful camping under the County ordinance, and 224 citations for unlawful camping under the City of Sacramento ordinance.

The County is currently evaluating enforcement options under existing laws and regulations and will provide information to the Board on next steps. 

Sacramento County Rangers will continue to enforce ordinances including but not limited to campfires, littering, dogs off leash, possession of a shopping cart and environmental degradation. 

“As soon as I found out about the ruling, I suggested our board meet to discuss its implications, especially for my constituents who rightfully demand a clean and safe Parkway,” said First District Supervisor Phil Serna, who represents the lower reach of the American River Parkway. 

“I have many questions, including why County Counsel advised that park rangers not enforce the illegal camping ordinance without notifying or coordinating with board members,” he continued.

Source: SacCounty News

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - In November, Fair Oaks residents will be asked to vote on Measure J, a $26.9 million general obligation bond program, which, if approved, would give the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District the funds needed to upgrade and renovate the grounds and facilities of existing parks and acquire and develop land for new parks.

The District’s current budget only covers the cost of ongoing maintenance and small repairs. They are proposing the bond because many of Fair Oaks’ parks and recreation facilities are outdated and declining at a rapid rate. The majority of the parks and facilities were built in the 1920s through 1950s. Although the District has worked hard to maintain them, general maintenance and upkeep is no longer enough for some of the oldest parks.

The general obligation bond will be repaid to investors over the course of 30 years from a tax increase on all taxable property within the boundaries of the District. The cost of Measure J for Fair Oaks residents will be based on property owners’ annual assessed valuation. The District estimates that the tax rate per property owner would be $19 per $100,000 of annual assessed valuation, based on the County’s value assessment. The market value of the property would not be relevant; the tax rate would be based on only the assessed valuation, which is generally lower than market value. So if your property tax statement lists your current assessed valuation at $300,000, then your annual share of the bond repayment would be $57.

Funds from Measure J can only be spent within the District on physical improvements to the parks. None of the money will go to increase District salaries. A local independent citizens’ oversight committee will be established to oversee the expenditure of the funds, which the District will use to renovate and modernize aging recreation facilities. The District would repair or replace outdated restrooms, upgrade electrical systems that are no longer up to standards, and improve safety and security measures. Funds would also be used on new projects to accommodate growth in the Fair Oaks community. The improvements would increase the aesthetic value of the parks and would provide new recreational opportunities local families.

The District has prepared a Facilities Needs Analysis, which specifies some of the major renovation projects they plan to undertake with Measure J funds: provide additional sports fields for youth recreation at Phoenix Park; update the recreational facilities at Village Park, Plaza Park, and the Community Clubhouse; and create additional recreation space for senior citizen, teen, and youth programs by replacing the McMillan Center in Fair Oaks Park.

For Justin Drake, Campaign Chairman for Measure J, replacing the McMillan Center is a top priority. Because the center is a rental facility, it provides revenue for the District. He said the center could attract a lot more revenue if it were larger and more visually appealing; “People pass over Fair Oaks for places with better amenities.” Drake said, “Parks are evolving from a place you look at and sit in the grass, to places where you are active and involved,” he said. With improvements to the parks, Drake hopes to see more activities to engage the community: corn-hole tournaments, painting in the park, musical entertainment, beer tasting, etc. 

“When people consider moving to Fair Oaks, but they find our public facilities to be second rate, they won’t want to buy here,” said Ralph Carhart, Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District board member. Improving the parks gives Fair Oaks the opportunity to compete with neighboring communities to attract new people to the area. He said, “Investing in the parks is a way to reinvest in the community.”

Drake stated that although no one likes tax increases, the bond proposal has a lot of support in the community and no one has formed an opposition group. The measure has received endorsements from many community members, including Honorary Mayor of Fair Oaks Keith Wright and former California Assemblyman Roger Niello. In his support of the bond, Niello has said, “Measure J makes good sense. It will contribute to Fair Oaks’ high quality of life by upgrading and renovating our parks and recreational facilities. That, in turn will help maintain our property values.”

The park improvements that would be made possible with the passage of Measure J will also have larger positive implications for Fair Oaks. The District would be able to acquire and develop additional park land, which would protect natural open spaces in the area while also giving the community expanded recreational opportunities. Improving the parks, and adding more parks, increases the likelihood that local families will spend time outdoors, which will improve the overall health of the community. Improving the parks in the district will increase property values, attract more people to the area, and create a deeper sense of community engagement for local residents.

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Car Crashes into Historical Society

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-10-04

On September 15, 2018, a car crashed into the Fair Oaks Historical Society. The driver was pulling into a parking space in front of the Historical Society and inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brake. Photo by Jim Pearce.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On the morning of September 15, 2018, as community members in Fair Oaks Village were busy preparing for the annual Chicken Festival, a car crashed through one of the front walls of the Fair Oaks Historical Society. The driver of the 2013 Honda Accord was a 78-year-old woman from Sacramento. She explained that she was attempting to park and as she pulled into a space in front of the Historical Society she inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brake, causing her vehicle to crash into the building.

The Historical Society is located at 10340 Fair Oaks Blvd. Because roads in the Village were blocked off to vehicle traffic for the Chicken Festival, Fair Oaks Blvd. was the only open thoroughfare at that time. According to Ralph Carhart, Fair Oaks Historical Society newsletter editor and Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District board member, the driver was trying to find parking and made a U-turn to avoid the festival blockade.

The Historical Society is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they were planning to operate during their usual hours on the day of the festival. Due to this incident, they were not able to open to the public, but Carhart joked, “We were having an ‘open house’ with true indoor parking.”

Jim Pearce, president of Fair Oaks Historical Society, said, “By the time I got there, about 15 or 20 minutes after it happened, the Chamber of Commerce, the Parks Department, the Water Department, the Fire Department, and the Highway Patrol were all already out front.”

California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Tommy Riggin confirmed that the crash was not alcohol related, but was simply an accident. No charges were filed, and the driver did not even receive a ticket since the incident occurred on private property.

Even though the members of the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District were busy with the Chicken Festival, they brought over plywood to board up the damage to the Historical Society. The Fair Oaks Water District provided a saw, drill, and screws to put up the boards and then they disposed of the debris. Pearce said, “Everyone really responded. That’s what I love about Fair Oaks; everyone really helps out.”

The vehicle crashed through a front wall of the Historical Society, but luckily missed the arbor in the front, and avoided the expensive doors and window sign. Only one display case inside was destroyed. Since the car did not damage the main structure, the Historical Society remains open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays. The damaged area is easily roped off and does not interfere with viewing the displays.

Pearce explained that there was a lot of potential danger, with possible injury to the driver, or a possible fire or gas explosion from the crash, but luckily no one was hurt and the damage is relatively minimal. He said of all the businesses in the area that the driver could have crashed into, the Historical Society was really the best spot it could have happened. He is especially thankful that the incident did not occur at the business next door, EJ’s Little People Hair Salon, since there were children in that building at the time.

The Historical Society is in the process of dealing with the insurance company and scheduling the work with a contractor. Pearce expects that the repairs will be completed approximately one month from now.

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Creativity Gone Wild

By Elise Spleiss  |  2018-10-04

Local Nonprofits Help Young Authors’ Dreams Come True

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - How many children do you know who have written illustrated, and published their own book?  In Citrus Heights, 125 students, 1st through 5th grade, at the Mariposa Avenue Elementary School have added “author” to their resume, which will follow them through high school and beyond.

This unique program called “Creativity Gone Wild” is taught by members of the Mariposa Literary Academy in Citrus Heights and is designed to inspire students to stretch their minds and use their imaginations in new ways.
               
The program was the brainchild of Karen Szakacs, a kindergarten teacher at Mariposa in 2014, and Marsha Robinson, a local author of children’s books.  Together with Cherelyn Martello, the three women launched the first academy in 2014.
               
The spark that ignited the idea for the student authored books came when a kindergarten boy at Mariposa heard Robinson read her book “Rescuing Humphrey” to the class and afterwards raised his hand. He asked her to write another book about Humphrey. She answered by suggesting he write it. He replied, “I don’t know how,” and the Mariposa Literary Academy was born.
              
Since January, 2014 the Academy has taught 11 after-school academies (two per year) with 125 young authors to-date proudly producing their own hard cover fiction books at the end of the 16-session academy.  A maximum of 12 students are chosen by their teacher to participate in each academy.
               
The entire book is the work of the student author. They come up with their own fictional story, with a beginning, middle and conclusion, along with illustrations. They begin with a normal life experience such as a camping trip in the woods with their family.  They are told to enhance it using their imagination, such as being transported to another planet by space aliens. The results have truly been mind-boggling.               
              
To help teach the authors how to illustrate their own books, Peter Blueberry, alias Lance Pyle - a children's book author and illustrator, volunteers his time explaining the art of illustration and helping students with their own work.
               
Shutterfly, an American internet-based publishing service, prints the books for about $15 each. Each student receives a hardcover book for themselves, a hardcover book to sign for the school library and the Academy receives a paper copy of each student’s book. They have become the most popular books checked out by students.
               
While instruction and the printed books are free to participants, actual cost per pupil averages $50. In addition to the cost of publishing, funds are used for items such as paper and art supplies, snacks, and photography.
              
Financially, the Literary Academy, Creativity Gone Wild, is managing to stay solvent with the help of two philanthropic organizations and other donations.

Through word of mouth the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights and Soroptimist International of Citrus Heights immediately stepped up and have continued to provide the largest portion of the over $6,000 needed to fund the program for the last five years. The Optimist Club of Citrus Heights and Mariposa Parent Faculty Organization have also provided funds. 
        
Robinson stated in an email, “I would like to show my thanks to the organizations that have supported this program, to the volunteers that help us run the program, and to the school itself for allowing us to use their campus.” 
               
She would also like to invite other schools to look at the “possibilities that an academy like this can provide students” in their schools. The Mariposa Literary Academy would love to share their experiences with local elementary school teachers.

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Superheroes Descend Upon Sacramento

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-09-28

Wonder Woman poses with three-year-olds Roxy (left) and Isla (right).

DC Wonder Woman Run Series Brings Out the Hero in Everyone

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento was overrun by superheroes on Saturday, September 22 when the DC Wonder Woman Run Series hosted its inaugural event with a 5K and 10K run through Capitol Mall. Sacramento was the first city in the United States to participate in this race.

The event was produced by SON Events in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Sarah Ratzlaff, director of marketing for SON Events, said, “The race has a strong overall theme of women’s empowerment. Wonder Woman embodies strength, bravery, and power. The goal of the event is to show that there’s a Wonder Woman in all of us. That’s why we’re using the hashtag #IAmWonderWoman.”

The festival area was decorated with giant balloons and lined with an array of fluttering Wonder Woman flags. Area streets were blocked off by police cars, flashing their red and blue lights. Approximately 1,300 people participated in the 5K and 10K runs. The first-place finishers were Sandra Khounvichai with a time of 20:26 in the 5K and Stephen Harms with a time of 48:43 in the 10K.

The DC Wonder Woman Run Series is designed to empower the Superhero in everyone, so runners and walkers of all ability levels were encouraged to participate, regardless of their athletic abilities. Many participants had never run or walked in a 5K before this event. After completing the course, each participant was given a Wonder Woman medal. The festivities continued after the race, with a celebration featuring food trucks, a beer tent, face painting, official Wonder Woman merchandise, and a main stage with live musical entertainment.

Race participant Christie Pierce said he was persuaded to join the race just the evening before: “I decided to tag along. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll wear a skirt, I’ll do it.’ But more importantly, I decided to do it because I support strong, independent women.”

Theresa Ivaldi, Karli Cisneros, and Christina Mundy entered the race together. They thought it would be more fun to run together in a group of friends. This was Ivaldi’s first run, and she thought the Wonder Woman run was a fun way to start. Cisneros said, “I love running and love spending time with my friends, so I figured why not combine the two.” Mundy said, “What better way to run a 5K with friends and family than a Wonder Woman run that represents women’s power?” Mundy’s kids, Isabella (10) and Jackson (8), and their friend Sophie Carr (10), all love Wonder Woman. They enjoyed the race and especially loved getting a shiny medal to commemorate their accomplishment of crossing the finish line.

The DC Wonder Woman Run Series will be hosted in Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles this fall. The Los Angeles run, as the flagship run, will be the largest in the series with 7,000 – 8,000 participants expected. If you would like to participate in one of the upcoming runs, or for more information on the DC Wonder Woman Run Series, please visit the website at www.dcwonderwomanrun.com.

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Sacramento CERT Needs You

Story by Trina L. Drotar; Photos courtesy Sacramento CERT  |  2018-09-28

The Basic CERT course, Level 3, is sanctioned by FEMA and was developed by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) after the Mexico City and Kobe earthquakes.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s California Emergency Response Team’s (CERT’s) graduation drill took place on Saturday, September 1 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Northern California Regional Public Safety Academy in McClellan Park. The community participated and explored their inner actors as volunteer victims with broken arms or legs or other injuries for the day’s free event.

The drills tested the program’s graduates on practical skills including sizing up a building to determine if it is safe to enter; search and rescue; transport; and triage and treatment. They assessed situations simulating burning buildings and locating victims in dense smoke and at night. Graduates radioed transport crews, practiced victim transport before another group assessed injuries, bandaged, and prepared victims for transport to a medical facility said Robert Ross, Chief, Operations, Sacramento CERT, CERT 22.

“Watching, you don’t get to see as much,” he said, adding that the role of victim teaches more to the community who wants to understand what happens during an emergency such as a fire.

Ross explained that most people see only the end result.

“It’s a good way to see them in action and experience it without being in a collapsed building,” he said.

The Basic CERT course, Level 3, is sanctioned by FEMA and was developed by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) after the Mexico City and Kobe earthquakes. The course, Ross explained, is for everyday citizens with no previous training or particular skills who want to learn how to prepare for a disaster and is offered at no charge.

“Civilians will be on their own for the first 72 hours,” said Ross, and will learn about disaster psychology and how to prepare bags with the necessities to assist in their immediate neighborhoods. Ross said that people don’t often think about bringing items like pet toys when they need to evacuate. Trained civilians can put out small fires and even triage in their neighborhoods if the need arises, but they need to practice, and that’s where the graduation drill comes in.

Graduates learn about fire behavior, which has been especially bad in California this summer, identification of hazardous materials, including those being transported, and terrorism. Upon graduation, CERT trained civilians can assist locally and can transfer their CERT training to other cities or states if they move. Since the Sacramento region is prone to flooding, this would also be covered in local training.

This level is required in order to continue with advanced courses to be certified as a Disaster Service Worker or a First Responder. Additionally, graduates may pursue training to join one of the special teams – Urban Search & Rescue, Animal Response, or Radio Communications.

“During a disaster cell phones won’t work, satellite phones are few and far between,” said Ross. “Ham operators during Hurricane Katrina passed messages. We can talk to Japan if we need to,” he said.

One legally blind team member who used a motorized wheelchair ran the ham radio and was one of the best in Sacramento.

“There are no limitations on who can participate. There are many ways to be involved, with a job for everyone.”

For additional information, visit www.sfdcert.org. Look for them at many local public events. The next academy will be held in spring of 2019.

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Memorial Service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department Release  |  2018-09-28

Deputy Mark Stasyuk

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The memorial service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville.  A multi-agency fly-over will take place at the conclusion of the memorial service. All other law enforcement honors will be performed at a private graveside service.

Stasyuk was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 17 after responding to a call in Rancho Cordova. He leaves behind a wife, mother, father and sister.

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department

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CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - HOPE (Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment) is a local nonprofit organization that offers affordable counseling services to the community. They rely on fees for services as well as community donations to keep costs low for their clients. HOPE is hosting their second annual Hops for HOPE fundraiser, which will be held at River City Brewing Company on October 4, 2018. The event is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers and two drink tickets. River City Brewing Company (which is located in Milagro Center at 6241 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael) generously donates wine, beer, and staff for the event.

Community donations are especially important because HOPE’s mission is to offer affordable sessions to those in need. Darlene Davis, executive director of HOPE, explained that there is a group of people who do not qualify for Medi-Cal but also do not have access to affordable counseling through traditional insurance. The goal of HOPE is to serve this segment of the community by offering counseling on a sliding scale depending on what the client is able to pay. Typically, $40 per session is the lowest rate, but HOPE does occasionally offer sessions for $20 to those in the greatest need.  

The experienced licensed therapists of HOPE not only work with clients to improve their well-being, but they also work in a supervisory capacity to train new therapists. To become a licensed therapist, it requires a master’s degree and 3,000 hours of supervised therapy sessions. It is an extremely intensive process, and HOPE is proud to support the next generation of therapists who will serve the community.

One of the reasons HOPE is able to offer such affordable rates is because graduate students who are working toward becoming licensed therapists volunteer as trainees. As part of the training process, HOPE offers clients an eight-week counseling program known as the One-Way Mirror. During this program, trainees conduct counseling sessions in a room with a one-way mirror that allows supervising therapists and other trainees to watch the session in real time. The trainee wears an ear-piece so the supervising therapist can offer immediate feedback and suggestions. Davis explained that it is like having eight therapists at once. The cost is only $25 per session, and clients sign up for this program knowing that they are getting the help they need while also giving the trainee valuable hands-on experience.

The supervising therapists at HOPE work hard to train people with integrity who are eager to serve the community. Davis takes great pride in the work they do and in their dedicated trainees and associates. Davis said, “We all work in our communities, and it’s so important to us that we’re building healthier communities by building healthier families.”

To better serve all those in need, HOPE offers many specialized forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps people understand and address harmful thoughts and actions; Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), which offers strategies to accept, destigmatize, and live with mental illness; Active Parenting of Teens (APT), which teaches parents how to talk to their teens and to watch for signs of high-risk behavior; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which addresses how the brain accesses and reacts to traumatic memories.

Donations to HOPE help pay for standard operating costs as well as to purchase needed equipment for specialized therapeutic techniques. Davis first began operating HOPE as a nonprofit in 2008. She said, “I just wanted to give back to the community and give back to the profession, and it’s grown into what it is today.”

HOPE has offices in mid-town Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom. For more information, visit their website at www.hope-counselingcenter.org.

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