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The monthly E Newsletter from 
Bay Area Community Services (BACS)  
BACS & the Oakland A's
To celebrate the beginning of summer, and  continue to build community for our participants who struggle with mental health issues and homelessness, staff and participants went to an A's game! 
Our team of staff and participants rooted for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers. The A's won 7-0, with an amazing 6 home runs in the 8th inning. 


Happy summer, and go A's!


We Move for Health 
BACS staff and participants had an amazing time at the annual 10x10 Wellness We Move for Health event! This 5k around Lake Merritt included dancing, drumming, and even a farmer's market. Participants from BACS and other organizations shared stories about their road to health. 2015 was great, and we are already looking forward to 2016!

Employer Spotlight

BACS would like to acknowledge Patrice Porter, Manager of Days Inn Hayward, for partnering with our Supported Employment Program, a program that helps people living with mental health issues find and maintain competitive employment. She is making a difference in the community by helping people maintain meaningful employment. 


Patrice has been instrumental in the wellness of BACS Participant & Days Inn employee Anna Monzon. Patrice is always willing to discuss needs that could help Anna perform her best while on the job, and w orks with BACS Employment Coordinator Malcolm Wallace to highlight Anna's strengths, identify challenge areas, and develop good follow-along plans that support and encourage Anna.  

Thank you Patrice and Days Inn Hayward for your much valued partnership!


On Saturday, May 30, 2015, our South County Wellness Center represented BACS at the annual NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk in San Francisco. Our team captain, Charleen Stearns, Lead Peer Counselor, worked hard to put this group together! She and the team raised more than $700 to go towards NAMI's efforts in improving the lives of people with mental illness. Great job, Charlene and team!

New Board Member 

Justas Geringson is an intellectual property attorney specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and antitrust law.  He has over a decade of experience that has been mainly focused on legal issues facing high technology companies in the Bay Area, ranging from large multinational fortune 100 corporations to small and venture-funded startups. 


Currently, Justas is working for a software company located in Palo Alto and he is very excited to join the board of BACS. He is looking forward to learning from everyone involved and contributing to the efforts of advancing the mission of the organization.


Welcome, Justas!


Employee of the Month

BACS has an All-Star staff! Below, we honor our Employee of the Month for June.


Charleen Stearns, Lead Peer Counselor:

Charleen demonstrates exemplary leadership every day, bringing her enthusiasm and energy to the staff and the participants. She recently took initiative by leading a group for the NAMI walk, organizing and fundraising. She is passionate about  client's wellness and recovery, ensuring that each client reaches their full potential. Her work with the BACS clients is meaningful and noteworthy. 

Charleen has been creative and innovative towards creating changes at the Wellness Center that benefits all clients. She comes to work each day optimistic, with a smile that creates a welcoming environment for clients and staff.

Congratulations, Charleen!
Get Involved!

Do you love the work that BACS does? Do you want to help keep adults connected to their communities in Alameda County? If so, we would love to have you as part of our family! Here are some ideas on how you can participate:


Join an Adult Day Care Team to assist older adults with socialization events and recreational activities. 


Donate gently used blankets, coats, and other items to our winter shelter and housing programs. 


Donate time and materials for construction projects at one of our many Alameda County sites. 


Too busy to join us in person, but want to help financially? Financial donations go a long way in supporting our work!


Learn more on our website or by calling 510.613.0330. 


Get Connected, Get Involved, Give BACS
BACS has many ways in which you can help seniors and adults with mental illness
You can volunteer by contacting bacs@bayareacs.org
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