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Meeting This Moment

Here’s what keeps me up at night In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was still somewhat new, I woke up at 4 a.m. with the realization that we needed to do something to engage and empower the African ancestry community to fight this disease. It seemed like every news outlet in America was talking about…

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Dear George Floyd

  June 8, 2020 Dear George Floyd: Words cannot express the deep pain in my bones as my heart aches with sorrow for what happened to you at the hands of those who took an oath to protect and serve. I can only pray that your soul is at rest as you sit at the…

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Tiptoeing in the right direction

In mid-May, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to give a small number of youths transitioning out of foster care a basic income. Under the pilot program, the County will provide approximately 72 eligible current and former foster youths $1,000 per month for one year beginning in June. I am grateful that Santa…

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Building the future we want

How can we build the future that we want and a community that works for us all if we don’t know each other, our history, and what we are going through today? I believe that we can’t; that’s why I am committed to hearing others’ experiences and sharing my own. In that spirit, I recently…

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Systemic racism worsens homelessness for people of color

As we’ve long known, people of color are much more likely to experience homelessness than their White neighbors, and at rates that are disproportionate to their makeup of the general population. Now, a new report on Race & Homelessness by Destination: Home and SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) looks at the causes and potential…

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Join us in changing the world!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 91 this month. Today, more than 50 years after King was assassinated, his words — like this thought from his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” — still ring with truth: “… we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in…

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Important Agency Updates From the CEO

Tomorrow, as we celebrate 26 years to the day we accepted our very first foster youth, I am delighted to share good news! I know that as a friend to Unity Care, you will be pleased to hear about these exciting new developments in our work. Recently, we took an enormous step toward positioning for…

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Summer of Learning Keeps Youth Active

Think back to all the fun memories you had as a child during the summertime—playing and learning about the outdoors, going on adventures, and spending time with family and friends. While many of us have positive childhood memories, there are youth in our community who have traumatic memories stemming from abuse and neglect. Neglect is…

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Happy 25th Birthday, Unity Care!

On this day, August 14th, 25 years ago, we opened our doors and accepted our first youth into House 1; his name was George. Our journey has been an amazing one, filled with so many stories of joy, challenges, tribulation and success! From the beginning, we have never wavered from the path that God put us…

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The Importance of Mental Health

A few weeks ago, I contributed to an article published on the front page of The Mercury News. It’s subject; a recent report on SJPD ‘use of force’ and the steps they have taken to improve interactions between police officers and the community. As part-two of a story released in January 2018, the article highlights…