Dear Friends,

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 health crisis is changing rapidly.

To do our part to prevent virus transmission, we've implemented several changes, including temporary store closures and patient health screening.

Please note the following:

HERS Program Stores - Temporary Closures

San Leandro and Pleasanton Locations:

Our San Leandro (Kaiser Permanente) and Pleasanton (Stanford Health Care ValleyCare) locations are temporarily closed as of today, March 16, 2020.

We anticipate re-opening by mid-April but this will depend on the recommendations of health authorities. We're keeping a close watch on developments and will provide updates as needed.

Fremont Location:

We've just learned that Alameda County is one of six Bay Area counties that have called for a shelter-in-place effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 am.

Health care providers are exempt from this order. Therefore, our Fremont Program will continue to see current medical patients with urgent needs, by appointment.

There is no change to our weekday Fremont location hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. We are closed 1-2 pm for lunch daily.

However, we have temporarily suspended Saturday hours at our Fremont location until further notice.

Patients should allow an extra 10-15 minutes for check-in since we are conducting health screenings on arrival.

Please refer to our website for further info and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on HERS news.

Health & Safety Measures

We care deeply about our patients, our team, and our communities. We have increased our already vigilant protocols for hygiene, including frequent hand washing and surface cleaning, especially high-touch areas.

We're also closely monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 county, state, and federal health agency updates, and following their guidelines.

PEOPLE with Purpose Gala -- NEW DATE!

Our spring fundraiser, People With Purpose Gala, has a new date -- Saturday, August 22, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you in August at Castlewood Country Club where we'll enjoy entertainment, silent and live auctions, our HERS Awards presentations, dinner, and more.

Tickets and tables are on sale now and new sponsors and in-kind donations are always welcome. Contact (510) 790-1911.

For current sponsors and those who have already purchased tickets and tables, your tickets and benefits will be honored on Saturday, August 22nd. If you have questions, please call (510) 790-1911 or email Executive Director Tina Fernandez Steckler at

2020 5k/10k Walk/Run & Community Expo

Our annual Walk/Run event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Quarry Lakes in Fremont, California.

Should it be necessary to reschedule this event, we will provide updates as soon as possible.

Staying Strong

Our thoughts are with our friends, family, patients, and our communities at this challenging time.

The health crisis is changing daily and sometimes hour by hour. We encourage you to heed the advice of your local and state health authorities, and federal resources . Let's all do our part to prevent transmission and stay safe.

From our family to yours, we send you all best wishes for good health and spirits.


Tina Fernandez Steckler
Executive Director