Pivoting to Meet Increasing Community Need

Since the pandemic began in mid- March, CSA has had to pivot agency operations to meet increasing community need.
Overall, we have seen a 76% increase in the number of households served compared to the same period last year. That translates into over 1,000 new households who have signed up for services including groceries, rental assistance and more.

Back to School Distribution Event in the Age of Coronavirus

CSA staff are gearing up for what is expected to be the most challenging Back to School distribution event in the agency’s 63-year history. “With so many people looking to CSA for help with food and rental assistance since the COVID-19 health crisis, we are expecting a significant increase in the number of children participating in this year’s event,” says Brandi Jothimani, Homeless Prevention Services Director. “And, since school districts are still assessing what instruction will look like – virtual or otherwise – the kind of supplies we have offered in the past, especially backpacks, may need to be modified.” 

COVID Update from CSA Executive Director Tom Myers

With the shelter-in-place order now extended through May, it’s clear that we are in this for the long haul. So what does that mean for CSA and the community we serve? For starters, food insecurity is going to become an even greater concern, especially with the growing supply chain issues that we are already experiencing. CSA will need to deploy additional staff and financial resources to support this increased need. You don’t need a crystal ball to see that we are heading into an economic downturn, which means more clients and potentially fewer donors.

Congratulations Nicole Fargo Nosich – Young Athena Award Recipient

CSA’s Associate Director Nicole Fargo Nosich and attorney/civic leader Laura Blakely, were honored as Athena Award winners earlier this month by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. The Athena Award is an international honor given for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Eonis Cibrian Pelayo to Head New Community Resource Navigator Program at CSA

Eonis Cibrian Pelayo has been named Coordinator of the new Community Resource Navigator Program at CSA. This innovative program – initially conceived by Listos Mountain View and spearheaded by CSA – is designed to empower community leaders from disadvantaged communities to share resources with those who lack access to available services. Eonis is one of three…