Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Antioch’s Flowing Motion partners with Feet First Foundation to fight human trafficking in East Bay

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Antioch based Flowing Motion, owned by Roy Sorvari and family operated, a fully integrated martial arts school and health and wellness center committed to improving the quality of life, announced recently, that they have partnered with Feet First Foundation, a non-profit, whose objective is to provide trauma recovery for youth in crisis and reduce the incidence of human trafficking and child exploitation. 

  •  According to Feet First Foundation statistics human trafficking is currently tied with illegal firearms for the second largest criminal industry in the world behind drugs. 
  • California, New York, Texas, and Oklahoma have the largest concentration of human trafficking survivors in the US. 
  • According to the US Attorneys General’s office, from 2010 -2014, California identified 1,277 victims and arrested 1,798 individuals.  
  • In addition, the FBI identified San Francisco as one of the worst areas in the country for commercial sex exploitation of children. In 2015 alone, there were 499 human trafficking cases identified.

According to the FBI website, 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI, a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from October 12-15, 2017. The youngest victim recovered during the operation was 3 months old, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old.

Contra Costa County has experienced a steady increase in human trafficking over the last 10 years. In 2015 Contra Costa County identified 108 human trafficking victims. It is important to note that, according to county agencies, the true number is most likely significantly higher because of un-reporting due to the highly secretive nature of the crime.

Since 2017 Feet First Foundation has had phenomenal success helping participants overcome trauma, depression, anger, and anxiety. Statistically, the program has seen 75% reduction in depression, anger, and anxiety and 100% reduction in suicidal thoughts among participants.

With the great success of the Feet First Foundation program in the Martinez area, it’s only natural to want to bring these results to others.  The Feet First Foundation is opening another location in Antioch through Flowing Motion, located at 3158 Contra Loma Blvd.  

This program is endorsed by Kinder’s BBQ, In-N-Out Burger, the City of Martinez, the Mount Diablo School District, Love Never Fails, Pillars of Hope, the Contra Costa County District Attorney, local law enforcement, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, Fightcore Gym, Shield Corps Security, A Step Forward, Red Sand Project, the Contra Costa 211 Hotline, and Slave2Nothing Foundation. 

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Family Violence Prevention Forum Thursday, Oct. 25 in Antioch

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

On October 25, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office along with our justice partners, is hosting a community forum and resource fair which will address what family violence looks like in Contra Costa County, what Contra Costa County’s response is to family violence and how law enforcement responds to family violence. Victims may feel conflicted about reporting violence in the home or may not be aware of the wide range of resources in our community that can respond to, intervene in and work to prevent these issues and keep our families safe.

32.9 percent of California women and 27.3 percent of California men experience physical violence, sexual violence and/or stalking in their lifetimes. In 2016, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received over 28,000 calls from California and nearly one-third of these had children in the home. Research has shown that only 4 percent of domestic violence murder victims nationwide had ever availed themselves of domestic violence program services. Our goal is to increase that number by letting our community members know how to get help right here in Contra Costa County.

The event will occur in Antioch at the Antioch Water Park (4701 Lone Tree Way) starting at 5:00 p.m. with the resource fair. Community members will receive a “passport” to use when visiting providers at the resource fair and will be eligible for prizes if they collect a “stamp” from each provider. A blue ribbon panel of experts from many levels of our County’s family violence response system will address the audience at 6:00 p.m. and be available for questions. After the panelists finish, the resources fair will be continue until 8:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided.

 Victims of family violence can get help by reporting the conduct to the police, by calling the STAND! for Families Free of Violence 24-hour toll free crisis line at 1-888-215-5555 or contacting the Family Justice Centers in Richmond (256 24th St.) or Concord (2151 Salvio St., Suite 201). In any life-threatening emergency, victims should always call 911. In 2019, a new Family Justice Center location will open in Antioch to serve East County residents.

The entire program will be moderated by KTVU’s Candice Nguyen. Panelists will include:

·         Dana Filkowski, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

·         Rhonda James, STAND! For Families Free of Violence

·         Devorah Levine, Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse

·         Kevin McAllister, Rainbow Community Center

·         Nicole Riddick, Pittsburg Police Department

·         Jason Vanderpool, Antioch Police Department

The participating agencies are as follows: 

·         Antioch Council for the Teens

·         Antioch Police Department

·         Bay Area Rapid Transit

·         Brentwood Police Department

·         Brentwood Union School District

·         Catholic Charities of the East Bay

·         Community Violence Solutions

·         Contra Costa Family Justice Centers

·         Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

·         Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department

·         Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

·         International Rescue Committee

·         Mexican Consulate

·         Oakley Police Department

·         Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Inc.

·         Opportunity Junction

·         Pittsburg Police Department

·         Planned Parenthood

·         Rainbow Community Center

·         Rubicon Programs

·         Ruby’s Place

·         STAND! For Families Free of Violence

·         Tourette Association of America

·         Village Community Resource Center

 October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

 

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Fontana Youth Foundation team Trivia Night fundraiser returns Nov. 3

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Bus Service Goes to the Dogs – Guide Dog Training on Tri Delta Transit

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The Eastern Contra Costa County Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit) recently gave rides to more than a dozen furry-footed passengers learning to ride the bus. One by one, a procession of soon-to-be Guide Dogs boarded a 40-foot long Tri Delta Transit bus, to acclimate to a new surrounding. With tails eagerly wagging, they boarded ready for a new adventure. By the end of the trip, a valuable lesson was learned.

For several years, Tri Delta Transit CEO, Jeanne Krieg has opened her bus doors to assist Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. “For years, this is a relationship we’ve fostered and something all of our staff embrace,” said Krieg. “Our drivers enthusiastically volunteer to drive the bus for this event and we usually have staff stick around to watch the dogs in action. We look forward to assisting Guide Dogs for the Blind for a long time to come.”

Getting used to the sights and sounds of the real world is a key part in Guide Dogs’ training. Inexperienced dogs might be intimidated by the size, noises and smell of the bus. However, acclimating the dogs to buses and trains is important because the blind depend so heavily on public transportation.

To train a Guide Dog, volunteers spend about 18 weeks teaching everything from obedience to acquainting them with the human world. From there it’s back to the Guide Dogs campus where professionals take over for another five to nine months, training the dogs to see for someone else. “These are truly amazing animals,” continued Ms. Krieg. “If we can play a small part in fulfilling their mission, we will continue to offer our vehicles and service for years to come.”

Tri Delta Transit provides over 3,000,000 trips each year to a population of over 250,000 residents in the 225 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County. They currently operate 15 local bus routes Monday – Friday, 4 local bus routes on weekends, door-to-door bus service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and shuttle services to community events.

For additional information about Tri Delta Transit, please visit www.trideltatransit.com.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Antioch Woman’s Club hosts Personal Safety Event Nov. 14

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

MAACO Car Show in Antioch Saturday, Oct. 20

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Lumpy’s 10th Annual Car Show in Antioch Saturday, Oct. 13

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Delta Kiwanis to hold Pride of the Delta Restaurant Tour fundraiser Oct. 21

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter