Mental Health Policy Blog: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

22 06 2015

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Below is a link to San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Blog, which is a forum for discussing policies and issues related to mental health and substance use in our area. See also their current campaign, “Be the One,” for individuals committing to fight the stigma around mental illness. Good resources for those interested in the field of mental health!

Courtesy of Jessica DiVento, NDNU Counseling Services 
Images courtesy and

Latino Board Leadership Academy Announcement

10 06 2015

Hispanic FoundationHave you ever considered serving on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit?  If yes, you need to apply for the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA).  In May, 2015, the Hispanic Foundation graduated the fifth academy and over four years has graduated over 200 fellows, 75% of whom have been appointed to various boards.

In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits; CompassPoint; Notre Dame de Namur University ; and the  University of Phoenix; our Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our first Latino Board Leadership Academy to be held in San Mateo County.

The LBLA is a comprehensive program designed to recruit, train, and assist in placing Latinos on nonprofit boards whose missions best match their personal interests.

Please click here for an application and full description of the LBLA.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (PST) Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in applying for the San Mateo County LBLA program.



TONIGHT: Art Show and Dessert Reception

9 06 2015

Bette-Maisel14-200x300“We The People,” a multimedia exploration of homelessness in the Bay Area was created and will be presented by NDNU graduate Bette Maisel.  She will be speaking, as will Monique Hunter, one of our Human Services students.  This is free; the art will be for sale and donations are welcome; they will go to the artist’s year of service in Africa and to support the women of St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 9.  7PM, at the Gellert Library.

Find the flyer here

And a more detailed description from event sponsor Jim McGarry:

We want to invite you to a special event coming up at 7pm on Tuesday evening, the 9th of June, in our Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library on the NDNU Campus.
Bette Maisel ’15, a Bonner AmeriCorps participant, Associated Student Body Vice President and well-known leader and creative presence around our campus, will be talking about her art on display in the library, which is based on her field work in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Her work will also be on sale to help support her post-grad year of international community engagement in Tanzania.
Speaking as well that night will be Monique Hunter, ’16. She will be representing our community partner, St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center. This is also an opportunity for you to support our Sr. Dorothy Scholarship Fund, which helps graduates of this spiritually-based Restorative Justice program attend NDNU and finish their studies efficiently as they rebuild their lives.
If you prefer to make donations online, you can support Bette’s work at the “Go Fund Me” site here: You can also contribute to the Sr. Dorothy Scholarship Fund for graduates of Catherine Center online through the NDNU website here (you will see “Sr. Dot Scholarship” under the “Scholarship” Drop down menu.)
We are hoping to see you on June 9th. Thanks in advance for your generosity.
Jim McGarry
Director, The Sr. Dorothy Stang Center
for Social Justice and Community Engagement

Job Opportunities

5 06 2015
Peninsula Health Care DistrictThe Peninsula Health Care District is recruiting for an Office Coordinator. Interested parties please contact the District at 650-697-6900.
Please view the attached job description: PHCD_Office Coordinator.doc
Health ConnectedHealth Connected is looking for a Health Education Specialist: The Health Education Specialist is primarily responsible for delivering our Puberty Talk and Teen Talk sexual health curricula to 5th through 12th grade students in public schools, community programs, and juvenile detention facilities. In addition, twenty percent of this position will entail coordinating office operations and procedures.  Here’s a link to the description:
rebuilding togetherRebuilding TogetherPeninsula needs a Program Manager: Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) is a safe and healthy housing organization that believes community starts at home. We provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across San Mateo County and the northern Santa Clara County communities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, & Sunnyvale. We are part of a national network of 166 affiliates across 41 states and the District of Columbia.  For information about the organization, visit
Deadline for applications: Accepted until a qualified candidate is hired. Initial phone interviews will begin the week of June 16.
Confidential Application Process: Email your cover letter (Word or PDF document) summarizing your interest, fit with qualifications, compensation requirements and experience along with a current resume to: Mr. David Cattivera, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Peninsula at Please note “Program Manager Application” in the subject field. Resumes must have a cover letter in order to be considered.
Job postings courtesy of THRIVE; images courtesy of each organization’s web site.

Community College Advising Available

3 06 2015

A2BLove the advising you get at NDNU?

Need Lower Division (Community College) units and wish you could find a counselor there who will take care of you like Judy and Vicki do?

 We have a solution!

Canada College’s A2B program has numerous resources designed, like our programs, to support you in your goal of getting a bachelor’s degree. Elisa Castro is available to you; she is helpful, knowledgeable, and wants to support your desire to graduate while minimizing the debt you incur in the process.


Contact Elisa Castro at

Job Opportunity: PT Project Coordinator at LIBRE

3 06 2015
Legal AidLIBRE is seeking a Project Coordinator. This position is half-time.
Organization: The Project Coordinator will be an employee of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (, a non-profit, law firm that has been providing free legal services to low-income and vulnerable populations in San Mateo County since 1959. Our attorneys handle cases in the areas of government benefits; housing; domestic violence/immigration; health; elder law; special education access; and disability rights.
To Apply: E-mail or fax: 1) cover letter explaining your interest and how you meet the required job qualifications, 2) your resume, and 3) a writing sample to: Hope Nakamura, Directing Attorney Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Email: Job description: LIBRE Project Coord Job_May 2015.pdf

Table of Plenty June 4

2 06 2015

table of plentyCome join the next crew for Table of Plenty, June 4th in Half Moon Bay.  I love Table of Plenty; helping and participating has always been a positive and affirming experience and I look forward to the next one.

Sr. Jeanette Braun started this all-frills meal for the homeless of Coastside and it is flourishing; Catch the magic!

Two volunteers needed from 1:30-5:00pm for prep and eight needed for serving 5-8pm

To sign up:  Contact Jim at x4120 or

Flyer:  TableofPlenty June 4, 2015


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