Destination: Home becomes a Supporting Organization – A letter from Jennifer Loving

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I’m writing to share some exciting news for Destination: Home. As you know, we have been a program of The Health Trust for the past seven years, and during that time we accomplished a lot together.

We started in 2011 with our community’s successful Housing 1000 campaign which has evolved over time into the county-wide Supportive Housing system. The findings from our cost of homelessness study Home Not Found put a price tag on homelessness, which led to the creation of an algorithm called The Silicon Valley Triage Tool that allows for the prioritization of high cost users in public safety net systems. And together, we led the county-wide adoption and implementation of the Community Plan to End Homelessness and saw the creation of the Office of Supportive Housing and the passage of Measure A. During this time we’ve seen 811 veterans find homes through the All The Way Home Campaign. Most recently, we’ve funded a $3.5M Homelessness Prevention System and have been forging living wage pathways for men and women in our Rapid Rehousing system.

Over the past year our board has been exploring options for us to become a more independent entity. After careful evaluation we are excited to share that our board voted unanimously to move from being ‘a program of The Health Trust’ to a legal entity called a ‘Supporting Organization’.  A Supporting Organization is a legal IRS category with 501(c)3 status. Supporting Organizations are “supported” by another entity which provides audit, financial and HR services. In Destination: Home’s case, we’ve chosen to establish this new status in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

We are excited to do this for several reasons, including our board’s intent for more autonomy and our desire to more deeply engage the private sector in our efforts to end homelessness. In the words of The Health Trust Interim CEO Charlie Bullock “Helping our County’s most vulnerable communities has always been a priority of The Health Trust. That is why seven years ago we welcomed Destination: Home as a program of The Health Trust, and why today, we completely support their transition to a Supporting Organization. We believe this is the right time for them to make this transition and that doing so will enhance their efforts towards ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.”

We are grateful to The Health Trust for giving us such a wonderful home for the past seven years and we remain committed as ever to working together. In fact, our offices are staying put!

We are looking forward to the next chapter of our work – with a continued singular focus of making homelessness rare, brief and non recurring in Santa Clara County – and while building new partnerships to help further our collective work.  Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation says it best: “Destination: Home has become Silicon Valley’s leading voice on ending homelessness, and it is poised to bring its expertise to an even wider stage in the years ahead. SVCF is proud that Destination: Home has become a supporting organization and we look forward to assisting the organization’s team in their crucial work to get people out of homelessness and into homes.”

We have a list of FAQs on our website that we hope will answer any questions you may have. For us, we are excited for this next chapter and look forward to continuing our work every single day – which is doing everything we can to make sure that no one in Santa Clara County has to live outside.

Before you go, check out the latest from our Community Plan To End Homelessness. We are happy to share a mid-year update reflecting our collective progress, including our community’s work to permanently house 3,708 people since August 2015.

You can see more about our community’s progress here.

With Gratitude,

Jennifer Loving
Chief Executive Officer
Destination: Home

Santa Clara County Getting to Zero Initiative Awards Second Round of Mini-Grants: Four local organizations receive funding for HIV prevention and care

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2017
The Health Trust Contact: Candelario Franco, candelariof@healthtrust.org or (408) 513-8736

San Jose, CA, October 5, 2017 –The Santa Clara County Getting to Zero Initiative today announced grants totaling $71,489 to four local organizations working for the health and wellness of County residents affected by HIV. Another $28,511 is expected to be awarded later this year, totaling $100,000.

A collaboration between the County of Santa Clara and community partners, including The Health Trust, the Getting to Zero Initiative aims to build a Santa Clara County with “zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma related to HIV.” Santa Clara County provides the funding from which the grants are awarded.

“Last year’s grantees did an amazing job creating engaging outreach campaigns and services for at-risk communities,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. “Getting to Zero will require leveraging the combined strength of our community organizations. I look forward to seeing what this year’s awardees will do.”

The Getting to Zero Initiative awards grants each year to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to HIV prevention needs. These grants are being awarded each year from 2016 through 2020. This is the second year of the awards. As in previous years, this year, community-based organizations, public agencies, clinics, schools and other groups competed for these grants to support the Getting to Zero campaign in one or more of four priority areas:

  1. Access to HIV Pre-Exposure and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PeP)
  2. Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing
  3. Initiation of Care and Retention in Care for HIV
  4. Reduction of Stigma

This year’s grant recipients are:

Caminar – $19,550 – Goal: To reduce stigma. Project: LGBTQ Youth Space GTZ Peer Advocacy

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Inc – $11,939 – Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Access and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: HIV Prevention Education and Outreach

Roots Community Health Center – $20,000 – Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Access and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: PrEP/PEP Outreach.

San Jose State University Research Foundation – $20,000 – Goal: To reduce stigma and promote PrEP and PEP access, and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: SJSU To Zero – HIV Prevention and Stigma Reduction at San Jose State University

“The innovative projects funded by these grants will be a vital addition to the work going on across the County to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people living with HIV,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, STD/HIV Controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

As of 2016, there were 2,648 people living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County, with 134 new cases in 2016. An additional estimated 9% of persons with HIV in the State of California are unaware of their infection. The progress made thus far to decrease the number of new infections and improve the health of those living with HIV has relied on a wide range of health and community providers working together in innovative ways. Read more about HIV prevention in Santa Clara County.

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About Getting to Zero
In February 2016, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors acted on a recommendation from the Public Health Department and allocated over $500,000 of County General Fund annually for four years to support the Getting to Zero Initiative. The recommendations included a collective impact planning process with a preliminary assessment, as well as a best practice review and engagement of a wide range of stakeholders in order to identify and develop goals, objectives, and strategies. The Health Trust was awarded a competitive contract to serve as the backbone agency for the initiative, convening stakeholders and driving the action of County and community collaborators to achieve our joint goals of “zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma related to HIV.” For more information, visit www.gettingtozeroscc.org.

About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is a nonprofit organization building health equity in Silicon Valley. It ensures that health related grants, policies and services exist to support Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable communities. For more information, visit healthtrust.org.

 

The Health Trust Makes Health Partnership Grants Totaling Over $79,000

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2017
The Health Trust Contact: Maria Garcia, mariag@healthtrust.org or (408) 513-8729

San Jose, CA, September 28, 2017 – On September 27, 2017, The Health Trust Board of Trustees approved two Health Partnership grants totaling $79,200 to support The Health Trust’s mission of building health equity in SIlicon Valley. Specifically, the awarded grants will help provide vision screenings and prescription glasses to low-income families and children and ensure that countywide public policies support older adult needs in the areas of food security, access to care, and housing

Breakdown of Grants

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
Throughout the years, advocacy has proven to be an effective way to inform and create change on a number of issues, including issues that impact our most vulnerable older adults. The Health Trust plans to build on the efficacy of advocacy and remain a committed and unwavering ally of our county’s most vulnerable older adults.  Over the next 12 months and through a $69,200 grant, SVCN will ensure that countywide public policies support older adult needs in the areas of food security, access to care, and housing.

See The Lord
In Santa Clara County, although 98% of children and 58% of adults from low-income families have health care coverage, this coverage excludes basic vision care for both adults and children. In an effort to address this critical health service gap and with the support of a $10,000 grant, See the Lord plans to prevent eye diseases and improve the vision of uninsured and underinsured children and adults by providing free vision exams and prescription glasses during this year’s Open Air Health Fair.

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About The Health Trust

The Health Trust is a nonprofit foundation building health equity in Silicon Valley. It ensures that health related grants, policies and services exist to support Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable communities. With regard to grants, The Health Trust prioritizes projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Bolsters health promotion and primary prevention efforts
  • Includes a system, policy, practice, or environmental change that can have an impact beyond the grant period
  • Includes a feasible sustainability plan
  • Follows promising and best practices

For more information, visit healthtrust.org.

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The Health Trust Hires Michele Lew as Chief Executive Officer

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2017
The Health Trust Contact: Gustavo Caraveo, gustavoc@healthtrust.org or (408) 513-8740

San Jose, CA, September 19, 2017 – The Health Trust is excited to announce the hiring of Michele Lew as Chief Executive Officer. After a thorough 9 month executive search, that started with 90 really well qualified candidates, The Health Trust is confident that we hired the right person for the job.

“Michele without a doubt meets all of the criteria we were looking for in a CEO. From her demonstrated commitment to serving the most vulnerable people in our community, to her experience navigating the local political landscape, the Board of Trustees and I are more than certain that Michele will successfully lead The Health Trust and advance the health outcomes of our clients for many years to come,” said Interim CEO and Board Chair Charlie Bullock.

Currently serving as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care, Michele previously served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members. It is her experience at AACI that most appealed to The Health Trust, for this is where she garnered the respect and reputation as one of Silicon Valley’s most transformative nonprofit leaders.

According to Patricia Gardner, CEO of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, “Michele Lew is an exceptional choice to lead The Health Trust into the future. She has a solid track record and commitment to improving health care for children, seniors, low income, disenfranchised and ethnic communities. Michele will immediately be able to lead efforts to build upon the great work of The Health Trust through innovation, collaboration and respect for the diversity of our community.”

The Health Trust has a long standing reputation as a change maker in this valley. Tackling issues such as aging, homelessness, food insecurity, chronic disease management, fluoridation and serving as one of the largest AIDS Services providers in the bay area, The Health Trust has never shied away from critical health issues plaguing our valley’s most vulnerable people. This factor played a part in Michele’s decision to take on the role as the next CEO of The Health Trust.

“Through direct services, policy advocacy, and grantmaking, The Health Trust is uniquely positioned to improve the health of everyone in our community,” said Michele. “I am thrilled to join The Health Trust team and I’m ready to take on the challenge of building health equity in Silicon Valley.”

As excited as both parties are about the prospects of this union, it will have to wait for January 2018. Out of respect for her current employer, Michele asked that she be allotted time to complete some of her current projects and responsibilities. This is a request that The Health Trust was more than happy to grant.

Between now and January 2018, Board Chair, Charlie Bullock, will continue to serve as Interim CEO, while keeping Michele apprised of all Health Trust related matters.

The Health Trust’s mission is to build health equity in Silicon Valley. With Michele Lew leading the charge, The Health Trust staff and Board of Trustees are supremely confident in its ability to accomplish this goal in the near and foreseeable future.

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About Michele Lew
Michele Lew currently serves as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members.

Michele also served as the district director for former California State Senator/State Assemblymember Joe Simitian. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and UCLA on education issues. Michele has served as board chair for the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the Community Health Partnership, and served as the community member on the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.

A Santa Clara County native, Michele holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a master in public policy degree from Harvard University.

About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is a nonprofit organization building health equity in Silicon Valley. It ensures that health related grants, policies and services exist to support Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable communities. For more information, visit healthtrust.org.

Download a PDF version of this press release.

Meet Michele Lew, New CEO of The Health Trust

Michele Lew currently serves as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members.

Michele also served as the district director for former California State Senator/State Assemblymember Joe Simitian. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and UCLA on education issues. Michele has served as board chair for the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the Community Health Partnership, and served as the community member on the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.

A Santa Clara County native, Michele holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a master in public policy degree from Harvard University.

Meet Our Front Desk Receptionists from Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study Program

We are officially in the 4th year of our partnership with the Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study Program! And with a new year comes new faces. We are extremely excited to have Priscylla A. (Freshman),  Moses G. (Sophomore), and Ahtziry V. (Junior) join Alana P. (Senior, who’s been with us from the beginning) as our front desk receptionists.

To get to know them better, we had each student answer a few questions. Check out their responses:

Priscylla A.
Q. What is your favorite subject in school?
A. My favorite subject is English.

Q. What do you like to do with your free time?
A. During my free time I like to go to the park with my dog.

Q. My favorite vegetable is…
A. My favorite vegetable is potatoes.

Q. When I exercise, I like to…
A. When I exercise I like to listen to music. 

Q. If you could pick one super hero power to have, what would it be and why?
A. If I had to pick a super power it would be to fly because then I could get to places faster and I don’t have to deal with traffic. 

Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
A. When I grow up I would like to become an FBI agent because my dad worked as one and he inspired me. 

Moses G.
Q. What is your favorite subject in school?
A. Favorite subject in school is Health and Wellness 2 (P.E).

Q. What do you like to do with your free time?
A. In my free time I like to spend good quality time with my family.

Q. My favorite vegetable is…
A. My favorite vegetable is spinach.

Q. When I exercise, I like to…
A. When I exercise, I like to hear music and left weights and do body weight exercises.

Q. If you could pick one super hero power to have, what would it be and why?
A. One super hero power I would choose is The Flash’s power because I would be able to travel the world at the blink of an eye.

Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
A.  When I grow up I aspire to be someone prosperous and happy that is able to give and help other people in need.

Ahtziry V.
Q. What is your favorite subject in school?
A. My favorite subject in school is math.

Q. What do you like to do with your free time?
A. During my free time, I like to draw while listening to music and play basketball.

Q. My favorite vegetable is…
A. My favorite vegetable is broccoli.

Q. When I exercise, I like to…
A. When I exercise, I like to listen to music.

Q. If you could pick one super hero power to have, what would it be and why?
A. A super hero power I would want to have is invisibility because then I would prank and scare people.

Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
A. I aspire to be a fashion designer.

Alana P.
Q. What is your favorite subject in school?
A. My favorite subject in school is Psychology because I love learning about the why people think.

Q. What do you like to do with your free time?
A. I like to hang out with family and go swimming.

Q. My favorite vegetable is…
A. My favorite vegetable is a cucumber.

Q. When I exercise, I like to…
A. When I exercise I like to listen to music because it helps me stay motivated.

Q. If you could pick one super hero power to have, what would it be and why?
A. If I could have one superpower, it would be to alter time so that I can live moments over again.

Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
A. I aspire to be a midwife nurse someday so that I can help mothers feel safe and supported.

Health Trust Board of Trustees Changes: Sonya Arriola and Eva Terrazas are Moving On

We would like to thank Sonya Arriola and Eva Terrazas for serving as Board of Trustees members and helping us navigate the strategic direction of  The Health Trust.

According to Sonya, “Helping to further the mission of The Heath Trust this past year has been a rewarding experience. The vision of creating ‘a healthier Silicon Valley for everyone’ continues to inspire me as I know The Health Trust stands in service to all residents. From food equity to housing, and everything in-between, The Health Trust is committed to tackling the health related issues plaguing the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community. Although personal obligations are regretfully driving me to step back from Board service across several organizations, I leave The Health Trust with confidence in its future knowing that the Board, Leadership and staff are all working together to strengthen the organization while improving health outcomes for everyone. I wish The Health Trust continued success!”

The Health Trust Board of Trustees is currently recruiting new members and looks forward to filling the vacancies left by Sonya and Eva with candidates that will further strengthen and diversify our Board.