Roseville Home Start began as a transitional housing corporation in 1995, but could not afford to continue its services due to the rent it owed at its location—a motel in Roseville. With the aid of donors, Home Start bought the location and renovated it. Today it’s 27 housing units and 99 beds shelter families with children who are experiencing homelessness for one-year periods. During that year, these families work with case managers to gain GEDs, learn about financial planning, acquire work, and find permanent homes. They can also attend therapy sessions to help them overcome any trauma they may have experienced. For the next year after families leave the transitional housing, Home Start maintains contact to ensure they undergo a stable transition into their new lives.
With more than 160 acres across 18 parks, the City of Woodland Community Services Department aims to better the lives of area residents through a variety of activities, facilities, and special events. Athletic adults can join up with organized sports leagues in softball, baseball, or volleyball, while kids can enjoy basketball, boxing, and even jiujitsu and fencing. A huge variety of programs for seniors are also offered, such as art classes, health and wellness sessions, and high-stakes bingo.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color––which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, grey, or another neutral color to allow give the dyes maximum visibility.
To reach a broader audience, the CBC plans to drape hangtags on bikes for sale at local retailers that feature the five steps to safe bicycling—handling, cooperation, position, responsiveness, and protection—printed in at least two languages on glossy paper. Functioning simultaneously as an educational resource and an advertisement, the hangtags will advocate the benefits of riding bicycles safely to cyclists and pedestrians alike, getting the CBC’s message out to as many potential bicycle advocates as possible. Though the CBC has allocated funds to distribute the hangtags, it still need to cover the production costs.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
The dogs, cats, pigs, and even horses living at the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Center depend on the tireless efforts of its Animal Care Technicians and volunteers. Every day, these committed individuals tend to the health and well being of each animal that comes through the door – happily performing duties such as feeding, administering medication, sanitizing bedding, and walking– all in the hopes that each animal will be matched with a loving adoptive family. Oftentimes, these animals arrive as strays or are rescued from abusive and negligent conditions, so they are in dire need of the basic socializing and medical attention that healthy domesticated animals enjoy. Furthermore, the center strives to educate pet owners on the importance of proper care, including disease prevention and spaying and neutering.
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