Governor’s Budget Proposal Impacts HRA Programs & Consumers
HRA Mission Statement
On January 10th, Governor Schwarzenegger released the state’s proposed
spending plan for FY 2005/06. While the state’s fiscal problems call for
We Strive to strengthen
families by assuring safety, difficult choices and spending cuts to bring expenditures in line with
promoting self-sufficiency, revenue received, the administration’s proposal seeks to solve the budget
eliminating poverty, and gap with disproportionate cuts to social services. Included in the budget are significant
improving the quality of life reductions for health and human services and major program reforms for CalWORKs and
in our community. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
CalWORKs The governor has recommended $650 million in cuts to CalWORKs grants
We Serve children, youth, and services. The budget calls for a 6.5% reduction in cash assistance grants for families
families and individuals who and seeks to permanently eliminate the annual cost-of-living adjustment for CalWORKs
may be job seekers, recipients, amounting to a loss of $47 for a family of three. The budget also includes a
veterans, disabled, $62.1 million reduction to CalWORKs related employment services, including job training
medically uninsured, abused and childcare. CalWORKs eligibility requirements would also be tightened by reducing
or neglected, frail or the amount of earnings families may exclude from their income in determining eligibility
vulnerable, or in need of for CalWORKs cash assistance. Currently, families are allowed to deduct $225 plus 50%
of their remaining earned income. The governor’s proposal would reduce these levels to
We Value . . . $200 and 40%. This would mean that a family of three would become ineligible for
CalWORKs cash assistance if the family’s income exceeds $1310 per month.
We are motivated by the CalWORKs Child Care The budget proposal also seeks to change how eligibility for
recognition that each subsidized child care is determined. Currently, families are eligible if their incomes are at
person we assist is an or below 75% of the state median income. Under current rules, a family of three with an
individual with worth and income of $35,100 would be eligible. The proposed changes could reduce the number of
families eligible for the state’s subsidized child care programs over the long term. The
budget would also reduce the amount of time families can receive child care services.
Partnership In-Home Supportive Services The Administration proposes a number of changes to
We join with public and the IHSS program to reduce spending including eliminating the state’s participation in
private partners to provide IHSS wages above the state’s minimum wage of $6.75/hour. Currently, the state pays a
leadership for and support to share of cost for IHSS provider wages up to $10.10/hour. In Santa Cruz County, IHSS
the wider human services provider wages are $9.50/hour, plus $.60/hour for health benefits. The proposed budget
movement, and facilitate would result in reduced wages for providers or require the county to greatly increased its
workforce preparation and
contribution to maintain existing wage levels.
These program reforms and budget reductions would have a significant impact on people
most in need in Santa Cruz County. The reduction in IHSS wages would impact 1400
Excellence IHSS providers serving 1600 frail elderly and disabled individuals of all ages. CalWORKs
We value quality service, program reforms would affect up to 2000 families struggling to survive at far below the
professionalism, integrity federal poverty level in our county. These reforms would take away supportive services
and mutual respect.
and resources that help families move off aid and into the local workforce. While these
We are committed to
proposals may help balance the budget in the short term, they are not without long term
continuous learning, and
consequences. They would cut deeper into programs that serve our County’s most
promote teamwork and
creativity. vulnerable citizens—the frail elderly, the disabled, and the poor—further eroding the
safety net for those most in need, and promoting the cycle of poverty in our community.
With the release of the Governor’s FY 2005/06 spending plan in January, we are
facing the fourth consecutive year of significant budget reductions to health and
human service programs. As you know from previous years, the Governor’s
budget proposal is a starting point for negotiations which will continue over the
next several months. Between now and when a final budget is passed, many
things can change. While I hope the Governor and legislature will do the right
thing and restore funding to the social service programs targeted for budget
reductions, it appears that we will face yet another year of challenges with less
funding to support HRA programs and services. Despite difficult times, HRA will
continue to be proactive and will look for creative strategies to maintain services
and provide support for our consumers, and we will work with our community
partners to preserve the safety net for those most in need.
With budget cuts eroding safety net services, now more than ever it is important
that we look for ways to join forces with our community partners to ensure that
the needs of our county’s most vulnerable and at-risk individuals are met. No
single agency can solve the many complex problems faced by individuals and Cecilia Espinola, Director
Human Resources Agency
families burdened by poverty. By partnering with other agencies we can maximize
our resources, better serve our clients, and respond more effectively to local
community needs. This issue of the H Files highlights some of HRA’s partnerships with the community. You will
read how we are working with community partners to reduce hunger, improve outcomes for children, and create
better paying job opportunities. You will also read how our community partners help us respond to the needs of
our consumers in times of crisis and when new needs emerge. But even as we partner with other agencies, it is
important to remember that services are delivered by people. Effective community partnerships are built upon the
dedicated efforts of committed individuals who are passionate about the work they do. Every day, in every division
of our agency, staff continue to build on relationships with our community partners by working collaboratively to
protect, support and serve our county’s most vulnerable citizens. I want you all to know that, just as I value our
partners in the community, I value your individual efforts to meet the needs of our consumers. As we continue to
weather these tough fiscal times, we are fortunate to have partners in the community who share our commitment
and support our agency’s efforts to preserve the safety net for children, the elderly and disabled, and individuals
and families living in poverty.
Inside This Issue …
Community Partnerships ....................................................................Page 3
Administration ..............................................................................Page 4
CareerWorks .................................................................................Page 5
Family & Children’s Services .......................................................... Page 5
Adult & Long Term Care ................................................................Page 6
Benefit Services ............................................................................Page 6
Staff News .............................................................................. Pages 7 & 8
Kudos Corner ...................................................................................Page 9
Credits For This Issue:
Contributing Authors: Linda Kerner, Community Partnerships; Gary McNeil, Administration; Don Allegri, Family &
Children’s Services; Jeanette Renee, Adult and Long Term Care; Ken Burke, Benefit Services.
Photo Credits: Gary McNeil, Human Services Commission; Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz County Sentinel, Adult and
Long Term Care; Jody Frommherz, Christmas Project. Linda Kerner, Editor; LeAnne Raphael, Publishing.
Editor’s Notes: A big thank you to all the contributing authors, Rick Allemandi, and LeAnne Raphael for their
ongoing assistance in bringing these issues of the H-Files to you!
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Community Partners Work To Stamp Out Hunger
In 2003, the Community Assessment Project (CAP) of Santa Cruz County USDA Food Stamp
reported some disturbing statistics about poverty and hunger in the county. Outreach Project
According to the CAP, nearly one in five individuals surveyed reported going Community Partners
without basic necessities—a 92% increase since 1999, and 46% of people
lacking basic needs said they went without food. The CAP also reported that Second Harvest
Latinos were more than twice as likely as Caucasians to say they had to do
without basic needs, including food.
In an effort to respond to the problem of hunger in our county, several
community agencies joined forces to collaborate on the USDA Food Stamp
Outreach Grant Project. The project’s goal was to reduce hunger by increasing
food stamp participation for all eligible low-income families, with strategic
outreach efforts targeting Latino and immigrant families. Community partners
developed strategies to address identified barriers to food stamp participation Familia Center
which included a lack of knowledge among Latinos about the application
process and immigrant families’ fears that participation would affect their
Project activities included direct outreach to potential food stamp recipients,
eligibility screening using software developed by Los Angeles Regional Food Salud Para La Gente
Bank, food stamp application assistance, and public education. Second
Harvest Food Bank spearheaded the project providing key staff, including the
Project Manager and Lead Outreach Worker. HRA was involved in the project
planning stages and provided outreach worker training, food stamp application
tracking, project coordination and outcome data. La Manzana Community
Resources, Salud Para La Gente and Familia Center each dedicated a staff
member to work half-time as an outreach worker and to provide case Community Bridges
management services for applicants they assisted. Applied Survey Research La Manzana
helped with data analysis, preparation of reports and project evaluation. Community Resources
The greatest success of the project was in educating the legal immigrant
population about food stamps and increasing food stamp participation among
the Latino population. Fifty-six percent of the project’s applications were for
Latino applicants and 72% were from clients whose primary language was
Spanish. The most effective outreach strategy was the direct contact made by
outreach workers with potential food stamp recipients, totalling 31,663 during Applied Survey
the two-year duration of the project! Research
A Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced by the project was successful in
promoting food stamp awareness amongst the project’s target population.
Food Stamp Hotline calls increased from a monthly average of 140 calls to 235
calls during TV PSA runs. The California Nutrition Network plans to distribute
the PSA to agencies throughout California to promote food stamp utilization
state-wide. A short video answering commonly asked questions about Food
Hunger Heroes Award
Stamps, narrated by Assemblyman Simon Salinas, was also produced and will
soon be available for nationwide distribution.
for a long standing commitment to
The Food Stamp Outreach Project’s final report concluded that the partnership increase food stamp program
of agencies working together to solve a community problem greatly contributed participation for eligible individuals
to the project’s success. The greatest success, however, is measured by the
fact that 457 individuals and families whose lives were touched by the project The Hunger Heroes Award is a
national award of the USDA,
are no longer burdened by hunger and going without food!
Food and Nutrition Services.
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The Human Services Commission: HRA’s Citizen Advisory Partner
The Human Services Commission is a citizen advisory committee established by the Board of Supervisors in 1991,
to help “ensure the highest quality and maximum effectiveness of human services provided for the benefit of the
citizens of Santa Cruz County.” The Commission’s role is to provide advice and counsel to HRA on best practices
in the operation of the agency’s services.
There are currently nine members on the ten-seat commission, two appointed by each County Supervisor. We
are very fortunate to have dedicated and talented Commissioners who represent the diversity of our community.
The following is a list of these committed volunteers with a brief summary of their community experience:
♦ Phyllis Wasserstrom is a retired social worker, and a 2003
United Way Community Hero for her extensive volunteer
work. Phyllis has served as Chair of the Commission for a
number of years.
♦ Marilyn Moore is a founding member of the Commission
and Director for Community Bridges’ three pre-school
centers. Marilyn currently serves as Commission Chair.
♦ Laura Grossman manages a dental practice and volunteers
for numerous community services.
♦ Maria Stolz is a 34-year resident and artist, and also serves
on the Area Agency on Aging for San Benito and Santa Cruz Human Services Commissioners
Counties. Left to right: Joe Griffin, Marilyn Moore, Maria
♦ Mary Carlon has been involved in the South County Stolz, Nancy Pringle, Laura Grossman, Mary
Carlon and Stephanie Camacho. Not pictured:
community for many years, addressing youth, education,
Phyllis Wasserstrom and Judi Sherman.
disabled, senior, housing, and numerous women’s issues,
and ensuring access to resources and services.
♦ Judi Sherman is a former Associate Director of the Mountain Community Resources and currently works
with a statewide agency that builds capacity in family resource centers and family support agencies. Judi
also serves as Vice Chair of the Commission.
♦ Joe Griffin recently retired from a career with the California Conservation Corps and serves on the Board
of Directors of Mountain Community Resources.
♦ Nancy Pringle is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked with children and youth through
probation and child welfare services.
♦ Stephanie Camacho grew up in Santa Cruz County and serves as an aid to Supervisor Ellen Pirie.
Clearly this group of volunteer citizens has the experience and skills to be an effective partner in helping HRA
guide long range human service planning. Their collective experience is a great asset given the wide range of
issues the Commissioners address in their six meetings a year. The group regularly reviews legislation that may
impact local human services, receives reports on Community Programs, and comments on new initiatives and
programs under Development by HRA Divisions, such as CalWIN and the Child Welfare Services Self-Assessment.
The Commission is currently in the process of reviewing funding priorities for the Child Care Developer Fee Loan
Program to determine if new priorities should be established to meet the needs of our community.
HRA is indeed fortunate to be able to partner with the dedicated volunteers on the Human
Services Commission to plan for better ways to serve and respond to emerging needs for
low income individuals and families, disabled, seniors, and children in our the community!
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Allied Health X-Ray Technician Training Project
With The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) was recently awarded $270,000 by the
Community Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative to create a program to train and
Agencies place incumbent Medical Assistants in X-Ray Technician positions. The Bay Area
Workforce Funding Collaborative is a groundbreaking funding partnership that
Workforce includes the State of California Employment Development Department and the
Investment Board philanthropic community led by the San Francisco Foundation.
CareerWorks Planning for the project began in March when the Santa Cruz WIB submitted a
Cabrillo College concept paper responding to the Collaborative’s inaugural funding announcement
seeking proposals to address shortages in Allied Health along with strategies for
Fast Track To Work
helping low wage health care workers advance to family sustaining jobs. The WIB
Health Services met with representatives of the Health Career Partnership and reviewed local labor
Agency market data to determine areas of greatest need in the job market. The WIB will
Local Employers partner with Cabrillo College, CareerWorks and local employers including the Health
Services Agency to develop and pilot a short-term limited permit X-Ray Technician
Responding to Local Assistant curriculum. The project will increase the skills and wages of 22 incumbent
Community Needs low-income Medical Assistants and advance them to the level of X-Ray Technician.
Family & Children’s Services
FCS Receives $100,000 Grant For Dependency Drug Court
The Family & Children’s Services (FCS) Division, in conjunction with Health Services
Agency's Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services, applied for grant funds to develop a Improving Outcomes
Dependency Drug Court to provide intensive services to parents of children ages 0-3 For Children
in out of home placement. Since substance abuse is involved in almost 80% of FCS
cases, having a drug court provides an effective strategy to help these families.
The State recently notified our county that we will receive a grant for 2005 for over
$99,000 to develop a Dependency Drug Court. The plan is to provide services to at least
30 parents with a goal of either expediting reunification or termination of parental rights
so that a permanent plan can occur for a child.
The Dependency Drug Court will use an “integrated” model, with a single judge hearing
dependency issues and monitoring treatment progress. This process is similar to the ∗ Juvenile Court Judge
Adult Drug Court already in place. Besides FCS and Alcohol & Drug’s participation, other ∗ County Counsel
key partners include the Juvenile Court Judge, County Counsel, and attorneys for minor
and parents. Additionally, close collaboration will occur with various other programs like ∗ Attorneys
(for child & parent)
CalWORKS, Homeless Persons Health Project, Mental Health, and Probation.
This new component will significantly improve the service capacity for substance abuse Other
treatment. Having only one designated position, and related funding restrictions, has Collaborative Partners
limited our ability to help these families (even with Briana’s dedicated services!). With ∗ CalWORKs
this model we are expecting improvements in key areas, such as reduced length of stay
∗ Homeless Persons
in foster care and compliance to stay alcohol / drug free over designated periods of time.
The actual implementation for the Dependency Drug Court is March 1, 2005 so major
planning is occurring around program components and reporting/evaluation systems. ∗ Mental Health
We are only one of 9 counties to receive this grant, so it’s an exciting opportunity to ∗ Probation
improve our substance abuse services for parents / children!
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Adult & Long Term Care
Watsonville Fire Displaces Adult Services Clients
The devastating fire that destroyed the Wall Street Inn on January 4th had a
far-reaching impact on many Adult Services clients. One-quarter of the residents of
the burned out building were recipients of Adult Services programs. Forced to
Lee Yamada, Red Cross (left) & Nancy
vacate under emergency conditions, many left the building wearing nightclothes Ramirez, HRA (right) visit former hotel
and leaving all personal belongings behind. residents at National 9 Motel.
Adult Services social workers were quick to respond. Candace Leverenz, South
County IHSS Supervisor, made the initial contacts with the Red Cross and quickly identified all of the IHSS clients
who were residents at the Wall Street Inn. Leticia Garcia, Nancy Ramirez and Monica Gomez (IHSS) made sure
that displaced clients’ needs were met and that they all found new housing. Ophelia Alba helped coordinate
information for IHSS providers. Cindy James helped find new housing for the displaced clients making many trips
to Watsonville to help clients with forms and applications, transport them to new quarters and help them obtain
basic necessities. Gail Alderman (MSSP) assisted with client relocation and organized community members to
donate clothes and bedding to replace belongings lost in the fire.
Joan Grewohl and Nancy Dybdahl, PHNs, responded immediately to the medical needs of the displaced clients.
They worked with the Red Cross RN to make sure all medications and medical supplies that were lost in the fire
were replaced as soon as possible. They also helped clients with visits to their physicians. Marta Hirsch and Linda
Howe, Adult Protective Services (APS) social workers, gave emotional support to displaced clients, including two
developmentally challenged young men with no family to turn to and a mentally impaired woman who they were
able to place temporarily in a nursing home. Francie Newfield was in daily contact with all emergency response
agencies and organizations. Her persistence and support was a key factor in maintaining needed temporary
shelter until the clients were able to find more permanent housing.
Adding to the challenge of responding to the needs of displaced clients, Adult Services staff housed at 12 West
Beach Street were forced to vacate their offices and relocate to 1400 Emeline - so displaced clients were being
served by displaced social workers! Despite difficult circumstances, Adult Services staff went above and beyond
the call of duty during this crisis to ensure that the needs of their clients left homeless by the fire were met.
Benefit Services If you know someone
returning from the
Veterans Services See Influx of Returning Iraqi War Veterans military, have them
Veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began returning home in May and contact CVSO for a
June of 2004. The County Veterans Services Office (CVSO) has seen the numbers of benefits review.
returning veterans more than double recently, with many Reservists and National Guard CVSO Office Locations:
members ending their military careers with multiple disabilities from their service. In
addition to the physical disabilities sustained in combat and support operations, up to a Santa Cruz
third of these returning veterans face difficulty in readjusting to civilian life due to Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Watsonville
Surprisingly, many of these young men and women returning are as unaware of the
benefits they are entitled to as were previous generations of veterans. The Santa Cruz Coming Soon
CVSO, established by the County Board of Supervisors, exists to insure that these Veterans
soldier-citizens who have given so much receive that which was promised them by the Newsletter
nation they served. The Office provides advocacy and assistance with securing the full
With items of
range of federal, state and local benefits, including compensation, pension, health care, interest to veterans
education, insurance, and VA and Cal-Vet home loans. The office also works in tandem and their dependents.
with the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Capitola, which provides Accessible on-line at
readjustment, grief and PTSD counseling. Together, our offices ensure that returning www.santacruzvets.com
veterans who have endured trauma receive both treatment and claims assistance. (Available in late February)
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2004 HRA Employee Recognition Awards
Ann Woody, Supervising Clerk III
Ann supervises the Services and Supplies Unit that includes the mail room, copier repairs, office
supplies, records retention, month-end mailings, business cards, duplicating orders, calendar
orders, maintenance of all copy and fax machines and their supplies of toner, operating all
mailroom equipment and keeping them in working order, and provides back-up for staff who are
on leave or on vacation. She has a strong work ethic and pays attention to detail. She carries out
her duties utilizing strong organizational and time management skills. Ann also carries out “other
duties as necessary” with out fail, including clearing paper jams on a copy machines, personally
delivering rush supply orders to any one of HRA’s many locations, magically appearing with a
toner cartridge in the nick of time, allowing HRA staff to meet critical deadlines. She consistently
demonstrates dedication to her duties, extraordinary endurance, and an unfailing willingness to
assist anyone who asks for her help.
Paul Bellerjeau, Program Manager
Paul has been employed by the County of Santa Cruz for over 30 years, serving as an Eligibility
Worker, Supervisor, and Program Manager. In his latest role as the CalWORKS Welfare
Information Network (CalWIN) Program Manager, he is responsible for overseeing every area
of planning and implementation of CalWIN. He ensures that staff are aware of tasks that need
to be completed and guides them through the necessary steps to successful completion. His
calm manner and extraordinary knowledge of CalWIN and HRA’s public assistance programs
have been instrumental in moving staff towards successful implementation of this new auto-
mated system. His work will ensure that HRA is ready to shift to the new system in May, while
maintaining high quality service to clients.
Emily Balli, Program Manager
Emily manages the multi-partner program, South County Workforce One-Stop Career Center with
exceptional talent. She leads by example, is resourceful and knowledgeable. She has
demonstrated decisive leadership by promoting supportive relationships, cooperative goals and
trust among multiple service partners in the Sueños Collaborative, which attained the highest
quality of education and employment services for youth residing in Watsonville. She has created
a climate in which others can do their best by recognizing people’s contributions through active
appreciation for their individual excellence, and by building a collective spirit of the community in
the workplace to celebrate shared values and victories. She recognized the need for a training
computer lab in Watsonville and immediately went to work to make arrangements for this new
facility. Her extraordinary work ethic provided the drive to have the facility up and running in less
than a week.
Lisa Harman Sandra Martinez Gail Groves
Award Kevin Fitzgerald Nancy Virostko Emma Reyes
Rosie Cordova-Camacho Cathy Groh Nancy Wilcox
Rosario Infante Donna Ratliff Kathy Stowell Sandy Skezas
Bertha Zamora-Paredez Maria Ornelas Fran Morris Candace Leverenz
Maribel Gomez Scott Cuttingham Lacie Gray Francisco Juarez-Cahue
Rocio Garcia Martha Ramirez Gail Goudreau Evelyn Hengeveld-Bidmon
Congratulations to the 2004 award winners and to all HRA Nominees.
Thank you for your outstanding contributions to our agency and the community.
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HRA Bids Farewell to…………….
Melva Simmons graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Social Work in 1968,
an event which marked the beginning of a 36-year career in social services! She worked
in Child Welfare Services for Kern County for 25 years and then moved to Adult Services
where she served as Public Guardian and supervisor for the In-Home Supportive Services
(IHSS) program. She also taught foster parent education classes at Bakersfield College
and independent living skills to teens in foster care. Later she moved to Monterey where
she worked for the county’s Mobile Outreach Services Team providing services to the
homeless. In 1997, she joined HRA’s Adult Services staff as a supervisor for IHSS and in
2002 she promoted to Public Guardian and Adult Protective Services Manager. In her
Melva & HRA Friends retirement, Melva looks forward to spending time with her daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Gail Goudreau, Melva,
Left to right: She also plans to pursue her musical interests again including playing piano and taking
Lannis Bright & Francie Newfield. guitar classes. Melva will be missed by her coworkers, but we wish her well in her
Jeanne Colbus retired from the county in December after more than 15 years of service. Jeanne was
hired as a Typist Clerk I and was later promoted to Typist Clerk II. Through the years Jeanne worked
on many data entry projects. One of the things she liked most about her job was being able to be
creative and “fix” database problems. One of her biggest challenges was CMIPS, the IHSS database
and reporting system. In her retirement, Jeanne will leave databases behind to spend time gardening,
quilting, and maybe doing some painting. In the early 1990’s Jeanne dabbled in art. Working from
photographs she took, Jeanne did watercolors which were shown at a Carmel art gallery. She loved to
photograph airplanes and never missed a Watsonville Air Show! With no HRA databases to ‘fix”, she
just might pick up her paint brushes again! Jeanne Colbus
Linda Aron’s last day of work with HRA was December 31st. Hired in 1987, Linda worked for HRA
for more than 18 years, serving in many capacities and working in a variety of programs. She was a
Sr. Case Data Clerk for QA, spent time in AFDC as a Typist Clerk II and later moved to CPS to serve
for 3 years in Emergency Response. As a Licensing Clerk for Day Care and Foster Care, Linda was
among the first employees to move into the 1400 building. She left HRA to work in the Elections
Department for four years as a Clerk III Voter Outreach Coordinator and in May 2001 she returned
to HRA Fiscal to serve as a Sr. Account Clerk, the position she held until her retirement. Linda is
looking forward to spending time with her children and four grandchildren. She also plans to do
Linda Aron some traveling, including a trip to London with her husband in January to celebrate their 25th
Dora Jean Bemis retired from HRA in December after more than 13 years of service. Her last
position was in HRA Fiscal working as a Sr. Account Clerk processing child care claims and filing
child care program reports. Before coming to HRA, Jean worked as an Accounting Clerk for County
Mental Health from 1988 to 1991 and as part-time staff for the Elections Department from 1985 to
1988. One of her biggest challenges was when Stage One child care came along bringing a huge
influx of new people. But Jean said she loved her job because she loved accounting and working
with numbers. She paid attention to details always checking for mid-month rate changes or other
changes in cases to make sure claims were accurate when submitted for payment. When she
retires Jean is looking forward to having more time to spend with her children and grandchildren. Dora Jean Bemis
Eugenie Luna retired from HRA in October 2004, after 30 years of service to the agency. When she
started working for HRA she was a Typist Clerk in the south county Eligibility Unit. During her years
with HRA, she worked for Adult Services in the In-Home Support Services Program and for Family &
Children’s Services Licensing and Foster Care. In September 2001 she accepted a position working in
the fiscal department processing IHSS claims. Although she enjoyed working for the agency, in her re-
tirement she is looking forward to having more time to spend with her granddaughter. Rumor has it,
Eugenie has also been quite busy spending time with friends, going shopping and out to the movies.
Eugenie Luna She may miss her coworkers at HRA, but Eugenie has had no difficulty adjusting to retirement living!
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In The Spirit of Giving……
Christmas Angel Project Second Harvest Food Drive
In December, HRA employees HRA Top County Department Contributor!
opened their hearts and their
pocketbooks to bring joy to HRA employees donated 1,356 pounds of
children and families living in food and $2,223 in cash to the 2004 Second
local migrant labor camps. Harvest Food Drive. With $1 equaling 3
pounds of food, HRA’s contributions totaled
This year the Christmas Angel 8,025 pounds of food!
Project provided gifts to children
Cheryl Bentley, Mary Ellen from 273 families at 5 migrant
Ambriz & Gladys Anderson labor camps and 2 low-income
load up gifts from HRA staff housing projects
A big thank you to everyone who donated gifts for this annual
holiday project. Your generosity brightened the holidays for
many children and families. National Foster Care Month - May 2004
Special Thanks to HRA’s Foster Parents for opening their hearts and homes to
children in need in Santa Cruz County.
Eligibility Professional Recognition Week
January 24—28, 2005
A big thank you to HRA’s Eligibility Workers for their dedicated efforts to support
the basic needs of children, families and individuals in our community.
HRA Staff Respond Quickly to South County Fire
HRA Service Pins
Kudos to all HRA employees who were impacted by the
relocation of programs from 18 West Beach Street offices,
including workers forced to move to temporary office locations,
as well as staff who made accommodations to squeeze
displaced workers into already crowded offices and work
November stations. Working under less than ideal conditions, you have all
Sylvia Soto shown remarkable resilience, and gone the extra mile to make
Gloria Galvan sure your displaced co-workers felt welcomed. And most
importantly, you have demonstrated your commitment to
our clients by providing services without skipping a beat!
Rosie L. Cordova-Camacho Kudos to Kevin Fitzgerald and George Wiltshire for their efforts
Carol Grams to relocate HRA staff housed in the 18 West Beach Street
building. In less than 4 hours, close to 90 workers
were moved to temporary work locations in other
HRA facilities and nearby community offices. Special
January thanks also go to HRA’s MIS and IT staff for
Candace Leverenz setting up phones and getting computers
up and running so displaced staff could
get to work at their “new” work stations.
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