Fabiola Fabian remembers the moment with razor sharp clarity. Standing behind her front door, out of sight, but still able to hear the thoughtless comment from her neighbor as she spoke to Fabiola’s mom, “Your daughter might as well not work so hard to get good grades, she’ll just end up working at McDonald’s anyway.” […]
Kids get stomach aches. They get upset tummies for so many reasons: the first day of school, the first day of vacation, pretty much the first day of anything new and sometimes because they ate too many gummy bears before dinner. When *Patricia’s daughter, Emily, 9, complained her stomach hurt for four days in a […]
There is nothing more basic to our humanity than the need for food. When the results from a recent LifeSTEPS resident survey showed over 50% of our seniors were food insecure here in the Sacramento area, we knew something had to be done. Experiences working with older adults has shown there are multiple reasons a […]
The future of health care is unclear and news is flying fast and furious… but we do know that older adults are particularly vulnerable. These services, like in-home supportive services (IHSS), provide critical care that helps people like the thousands of older adults we serve across California thrive in place. We have tracked this […]
Editor’s note: This story is about resilience. All of us at some point in our lives have faced adversity–this special family from the heart of California was determined not to let it hold them back. Eva firmly taped the box closed and stacked it on top of several others against her living room wall. She […]
Gabriel* came home from the LifeSTEPS After School Program (ASP) talking a mile a minute! He dropped his backpack by the door, exclaimed all his homework was done in his loudest “inside” voice, and hurried to the kitchen to share the highlights of his day with his mom and grandma. His words were mostly in […]
For older adults, learning computer skills can be like learning a foreign language. It’s not their native tongue and at first all those tech phrases, like mousepad, cut/paste, and “right click,” seem like nonsensical babble. That’s what Don thought the first time he came to a LifeSTEPS computer class. Don, unlike many older adults living […]
In October 2016, Mobile Beacon, a unique internet provider focused on nonprofits and educational organizations, awarded LifeSTEPS with a grant for a pilot digital inclusion program, which included 25 laptops and one year of internet access. The results so far have been outstanding, and we have been able to use these laptops in over 80 properties to date. […]
On average, students in the United States lose up to two months of reading skill level each summer, requiring teachers to spend 4-6 weeks of class time at the beginning of each school year to help children catch up. Teachers refer to this as “the summer learning slide,” and unfortunately, the learning loss is cumulative […]
Danielle Martin was a new Partnership for HOPE scholar in 2016. Her path toward becoming a PFH scholar took many detours before Danielle was able to find stability in her life and in her education. Growing up in foster care and moving house to house, school to school was not conducive to educational success and […]
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