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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 26

Meeting Date: May 9, 2006

Subject/Title: Adopt a resolution accepting the second annual report on the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) 2006-07 Strategic Plan, approving City involvement and continuing the seven-year Community Investment Grant to the VCRC.

Prepared by: Brian Kelleher, Accountant II

Submitted by: Pamela Ehler, Director of Finance and Information Systems

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a resolution accepting the second annual report on the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) 2006-07 Strategic Plan, approving City involvement and continuing the seven-year Community Investment Grant to the VCRC.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On July 27, 2004, by Resolution No. 2004-191, City Council approved a seven-year community investment grant of $801,133.92 to the Village Community Resource Center.

On April 12, 2005, Ike Montanez, Chair member for VCRC, presented City Council with the VCRC annual report. The acceptance of a resolution is necessary for the continuation of the seven-year Community Investment Grant to the VCRC.

On April 26, 2005, by Resolution No. 2005-85, City Council approved the first annual report on the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) 2005 Strategic Plan, approving City involvement and continuing the seven-year Community Investment Grant to the VCRC.

BACKGROUND
Village Community Resource Center is a family resource center that offers a variety of essential services for underprivileged children and their families, such as social, health, educational and recreational programs. The target population is mostly underprivileged families that are often isolated due to cultural differences, language, geographic and economics. VCRC services are focused on empowering families to improve their health, children’s education and quality of life in our community and throughout East Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties.

In 1995, the tragic death of a 15-year-old boy brought the Village Drive community together to address the problems of that neighborhood. Everyone, including community agencies and City officials, agreed that the solutions lie within the community.

After two years of planning and funding development, the Village Drive Resource Center opened its doors in 1997. Using funding from grants and with the City’s support, the Center was maintained and operated by Delta 2000, in partnership with the City. In December 2000, Delta 2000 lost their matching grant funds. At that time, there was no specific funding budgeted by the City for services for Village Drive. City staff, however, provided services in-kind, on-going support and assistance in grant writing.

In order to preserve the programs and activities provided at Village Drive until a more permanent solution could be found, on November 14, 2000, City Council approved moving the Village Drive Program Coordinator into the City to become a full-time City employee in the Parks and Recreation Department, effective December 1, 2000. The intent of the original City support was to assist as the Village Drive Board worked to develop a strategic plan and become a self-supportive 501(c) non-profit organization. While the VCRC has applied and received some grant funding, and the City was originally only requested to provide staff costs, the majority of funding to support the program has come from the City of Brentwood. The approved 2003/04 Village Resource Center budget totaling $136,022, which was funded through the General Fund, covered:

• Payment of salary and benefits of one full-time staff member (Recreation Coordinator)
• Money for office expenses, computers, communication equipment, postage, publications and dues
• Payment of rent, maintenance, insurance, alarm system and utilities
• $12,500 for program supplies and equipment
• Money for advertising and promotions
• Money for travel, lodging, meals, training and conferences

The program and members have outgrown the current center site. As a result, the Village Drive residents approached City Council in June of 2001 to consider expanding the Center on City property. A staff recommendation to hold an option for expansion of the center on the City-owned 2-acre property at Sycamore Avenue and Sycamore Court was approved by Council in October 2002. This Council action allowed the VCRC Board to begin a strategic plan to pursue private and public funding to build a larger center on this property.

At this time, there was no specific plan on how to move the organization toward becoming a self-sufficient, non-profit organization. Since that time, the VCRC has obtained their non-profit status from the State (January 24, 2003) and from the IRS (February 11, 2003). The VCRC had also developed a strategic plan with a consultant in 2002 for 2003-2005.

In July of 2004, a Community Investment Grant was developed that would provide a long term City commitment toward helping VCRC become and stay a self-supportive non-profit provider. This agreement will provide VCRC continued financial assistance for a minimum of seven years. Highlights of the agreement are as follows:

• Provides for a seven-year financial commitment of $801,133.92 for staffing, operations and maintenance
• Provides an opportunity for consideration of renewal of funding after the seven-year agreement
• Allows the VCRC to hire an Executive Director and other staff as needed as employees of VCRC
• Commits to matching $500,000 in funds for development of a social service center
• Commits up to $100,000 for future landscaping of the 2-acre site as an expansion of Windsor Way Park
• Provides for a City staff liaison to VCRC

A stipulation of this agreement is that the VCRC has to provide an annual report, brought to City Council each March for approval. This is necessary in order to continue the seven-year Community Investment Grant.


FISCAL IMPACT
The City’s past, present and forecasted contributions are shown below. In fiscal year 2006/07, the City will contribute $128,348.25 that is budgeted for in the Operations Budget.

Fiscal Year 2004/05 $153,899.60*
Fiscal Year 2005/06 $146,599.94
Fiscal Year 2006/07 $128,348.25
Fiscal Year 2007/08 $112,368.89
Fiscal Year 2008/09 $ 98,378.97
Fiscal Year 2009/10 $ 86,130.78
Fiscal Year 2010/11 $ 75,407.49
Total 7-Year Grant $801,133.92

*Payment was for 11 months, not including July 2004.

Attachments
Resolution
Acknowledgement Letter from VCRC
Strategic Plan 2006-2007 - Village Community Resource Center

RESOLUTION NO. _______

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO ACCEPT THE ANNUAL REPORT ON THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER (VCRC) 2006-07 STRATEGIC PLAN, APPROVING CITY INVOLVEMENT AND CONTINUING THE SEVEN-YEAR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT GRANT TO THE VCRC.

WHEREAS, on July 27, 2004, by Resolution No. 2004-191, City Council approved a seven-year community investment grant of $801,133.92 to the Village Community Resource Center; and

WHEREAS, Village Community Resource Center is a family resource center that offers a variety of essential services for underprivileged children and their families, such as social, health, educational and recreational programs. The target population is mostly underprivileged families that are often isolated due to cultural differences, language, geographic and economics. VCRC services are focused on empowering families to improve their health, children’s education and quality of life in our community and throughout East Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties; and

WHEREAS, in order to preserve the programs and activities provided at Village Drive until a more permanent solution could be found, on November 14, 2000, City Council approved moving the Village Drive Program Coordinator into the City to become a full-time City employee in the Parks and Recreation Department, effective December 1, 2000. The intent of the original City support was to assist as the Village Drive Board worked to develop a strategic plan and become a self-supportive 501(c) non-profit organization. While the VCRC has applied and received some grant funding, and the City was originally only requested to provide staff costs, the majority of funding to support the program has come from the City of Brentwood; and

WHEREAS, the program and members have outgrown the current center site. As a result, the Village Drive residents approached City Council in June of 2001 to consider expanding the Center on City property. A staff recommendation to hold an option for expansion of the center on the City-owned 2-acre property at Sycamore Avenue and Sycamore Court was approved by Council in October 2002. This Council action allowed the VCRC Board to begin a strategic plan to pursue private and public funding to build a larger center on this property; and

WHEREAS, a Community Investment Grant was developed that would provide a long term City commitment toward helping VCRC become and stay a self-supportive non-profit provider; and

WHEREAS, a stipulation of this Grant is that the VCRC has to provide an annual report, brought to City Council each March for approval. This is necessary in order to continue the seven-year Community Investment Grant.

WHEREAS, on April 26, 2005, City Council approved Resolution No. 2005-85 accepting the first annual report on the Village Community Resource center (VCRC) 2005 Strategic Plan, approving the City involvement and continuing the seven-year Community Investment Grant to VCRC.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby accepts the annual report on the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) 2006-07 Strategic Plan, approving City involvement and continuing the seven-year Community Investment Grant to the VCRC.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan

2006-2007

Village Community Resource Center
633 Village Drive ● Brentwood, CA 94513
Telephone: (925) 513-3107 ● Fax: (925) 513-3125
www.communityresourcecenter.homestead.com

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Table of Contents

Background Page 3

Components Page 4-5

Principles Page 6

Our Partners Page 7

Educational Objectives Page 8-9

Health Objectives Page 10

Human and Social Services Objectives Page 11

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan

Background

The Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) is a community-based program that serves Latino families. Our mission is to provide information, support, and coordination of resources to empower and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged children and their families in a culturally sensitive environment. VCRC works with families to take on challenges that teach our community to be responsible for our choices, to live with integrity and honesty, and to become proactive citizens.

VCRC offers a variety of supportive services and activities for children, youth, and families in a safe and nurturing environment. Services are prevention-focused, family-friendly, and available in English and Spanish. VCRC provides access to resources and improves neighborhood and community conditions by implementing the educational, social services, and health components.

VCRC primarily serves Latino families (but does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, residential status, veteran states, sexual orientation or disability) in Far East Contra Costa County who are isolated by culture, language, geography, and class.

The families served by VCRC have multiple risk factors such as poverty, single parent head-of-household, crowded living conditions, parent(s) with no education above the elementary level, mono-lingual parent(s) head of household (Spanish-speaking only), farm workers, unemployed, seasonally employed, receiving public assistance, lacking health insurance. When these vulnerable families are clustered together in isolated groups, they become disconnected from the opportunities, resources, and networks that parents and caregivers need to offer their children the best possible opportunity for success in life.

Today, we have implemented a successful After School Academy Program that provides children and their families with the personal attention and support they need to enhance their self-esteem, improve their academic skills, find family stability, and recognize their potential as community leaders.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan

Components

The VCRC’s Board of Directors and its partners have been building together futures for our children, youth and their families since 1997. Our mission, then and now is to provide information, support, and coordination of resources to empower and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged children and their families in a culturally and sensitive environment. Our vision is to help shape its community’s children into successful and productive citizens who will achieve economic and family stability through our components of education, health, and social services.

Education:
Early Learning
• The experiences and relationships that occur in the first five years of children’s lives have a lasting impact on their present and human development. Readiness programs through fun activities for children and parents are essential for this early brain development.

After School Programs
• School success includes preparation for academic achievement through a solid partnership between the Brentwood Unified School District, family involvement, and year-round after school activities that provide a variety of educational youth activities to help students raise their academic performance and build a solid foundation for life after high school. In addition, the activities need to revolve around the adolescent’s fears and concerns to help prepare them for mature decision making and steer them away from drugs and trouble.
Parenting Literacy
• A family environment with nurturing adults who love, care, and protect for their children contribute to the well-being of a healthy family. Through parenting education literacy activities, families are able to create a safe haven at all times from violence and abuse. Participation in educational opportunities provide parents the opportunity to empower and improve the quality of life by living with dignity and unity, addressing individual families and community needs, leading to active involvement in civic and cultural affairs, and approaching to services and activities.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Components

Health:
• Adults and children who feel well, physically and mentally, are better prepared to work, play, and learn. Access to health resources along with prevention health education are key factors for keeping a healthy community. Enrollment to health care programs provide a peace of mind to families and increases family health stability.

Social Services:
• Coordination of resources creates a community of people committed to the well-being of their citizens. Supportive services provide an array of social and human services to help families with early intervention programs for those children and their families for whom prior efforts have not been enough. Vulnerable families must receive benefits and access to available human and social service resources to keep them from falling apart.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan

Principles

The Board of Directors has found that it is not enough to help a family develop resources and skills if the environment in which they function is “socially toxic”. VCRC is working towards creating environments that help increase positive factors, such as developing community connections, improving access to resources, reducing social isolation, improving social skills and empowering families by using the Principles of Family Support.

1. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.

2. Staff enhance families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members- infants, children, youth, and adults.

3. Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities.

4. Programs affirm and strengthen families’ cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.

5. Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.

6. Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.

7. Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.

8. Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.

9. Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including planning, governance, and administration.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan

Our Partners

VCRC is fortunate to rely on an organizational structure that creates strong partnership with the public sector. You will learn how each partnership contributes to the success of our programs and services we provide to our community

City of Brentwood
The City of Brentwood provides partial funded support through a 7-year Investment Decreasing Grant. The City of Brentwood ability to finance our operating expenses enables VCRC to focus on service delivery to the children and families of our community. The City of Brentwood continued investment has ripped many benefits. Children and youth are making educational gains, crime has reduced markedly, families are improving their properties, and families feel empowered and their overall quality of life is improving.

School District
The partnership between VCRC and the School District allows us to raise student’s academic performance, improve parent’s school involvement, and access to resources and support for children and their families. The established Memorandum of Understanding stands as evidence that Brentwood Union School District and VCRC work together to provide maximum available educational assistance to youth and families.

Community
As a grass-roots, community-based non-profit organization VCRC strives to provide maximum resources and services that create a community of people committed to the well-being of their children and their families. The best mechanism for incorporating the resident’s input has been through a community board, which over sees VCRC as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. The members of the board represent various organizations that benefit residents and community recipients. In addition, VCRC educates the community to value their strengths and identify their assets to create a healthy community.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Educational Objectives

Education
Goal: To provide educational support for children and their parents.
Program Identify Needs Objectives Outcomes
Early Learning Children are not fully prepared when entering to kindergarten. To implement readiness programs for children 0-5.

To promote early childhood learning and growth. Participants will establish healthy experiences and relationships within the first five years of their life.
After School Academy
National research has shown that Hispanic and African-American students, low-income students, students with limited English proficiency have gaps in academic achievement when compared with their counterparts. To continue providing after school academy support activities for children K-12 through a solid partnership between the Brentwood Unified School District, family, involvement, and year-round educational programs.
Students will raise academic performance, school attachment, and build a solid foundation for life after high school.
Reading/Math Circles
National research has shown that Hispanic and African-American students continue to struggle to increase math and reading proficiency advancement. To continue providing reading and match circles on a weekly basis. Students will increase math speed and reading comprehension.
Arts and Craft Circles
High risk behaviors contribute to isolated children that lack extra-curriculum activities for lack of funding. To promote fun arts and crafts extra-curriculum activities for children of all ages. Students will build motor skills development, creativity, and social interaction.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Educational Objectives

Education
Goal: To provide educational support for children and their parents.
Program Identify Needs Objectives Outcomes
Girls Scouts
High risk behaviors contribute to isolated children that lack extra-curriculum activities for lack of funding. Hispanics Girls are often isolated and lack assistance with coping with risky behaviors. To continue the Girl Scout Association in the East Contra Costa County. Girls will learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal setting, the spirit of team work, and the thrill of accomplishment.
Parenting Literacy Parents are mono-lingual (Spanish-speaking only). Language barriers limit parent’s participating in school activities.

Parents lack participation in school activities

Parents need parenting skills and parent attachment classes to create a positive family environment.

To implement an E.S.L. class to teach parents the knowledge, understanding, ability, and skills necessary to speak English.

To identify and address issues that are preventing parents from attending meetings and increase parent’s involvement in children’s academic life

To offer a variety of workshops to educate parents to be nurturing adults who love, care, and protect their children. Increase in linguistic proficiency.

A higher participation in school activities.

Participants will learn to create healthy and safe home environments.

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Health Objectives

Health
Goal: To increase access to health services and prevention health education.
Program Identify Needs Objectives Outcomes
Health Mobile Clinics Lack of health-care insurance.
To continue our partnership with the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System to offer services to local residents who do not have insurance. Residents will receive primary and non-emergency care, information and referral to other services.
Health Care Enrollment 60 percent of eligible children (of any age) are not insured. Through county, state and federal resources, health insurance coverage for low-income families is available. To enroll families to “Healthy Families”, Medi-Cal, and other health insurance programs. Healthy children tend to do better at school. Families will have stable access to health-care programs.
Health Education Low-income families lack access to disease prevention health education. To increase health awareness through disease prevention workshops on community’s top health concerns that are crucial among our community. Participants will apply knowledge to better manage family health issues.
Youth Prevention Circles for Boys and Girls National research shows that rate of births among Hispanics adolescents (60.3) continues to be far higher than whites. Recent national research found that while often committed to abstinence, adolescents are more sexually active as they age. To maintain a weekly Youth Prevention Circle for Boys and Girls to prevent teen pregnancy.

To prepare mature people for mature decision making as adults. To increase participants knowledge around abstinence, sexual pressure, violence prevention; preventing date and acquaintance rape, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and drugs

Village Community Resource Center
Strategic Plan
Human and Social Services Objectives

Human and Social Services
Goal: To enable families to build upon their own strengths and capacities.
Program Needs Objectives Outcomes
Human and Social Services 100% of VCRC clients are below 135% poverty level and lack knowledge about available services.
Help children and families obtain health care, housing, income support, and other necessary services and supports to achieve family stability.

Provide information, support, and coordination of resources. Families are empowered when they have access to information and other resources and take action to improve the well-being of children, families, and their communities.

Families will empower and improve their quality of life.
Neighborhood Watch To increase positive factors to eliminate “socially toxic” environments. To continue the Neighborhood Watch committed established in 2005 to identify and address neighborhood issues. Residents will gain knowledge and leadership to improve their neighborhoods.

Respectfully submitted by:
Claudia Lomeli
Executive Director
Village Community Resource Center

Telephone: (925) 513-3107
Fax: (925) 513-3125
E-mail: clomelivcrc@sbcglobal.net
www.communityresourcecenter.homestead.com
 

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