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STEAC’s holiday program kicks off

Special to The Enterprise, October 27, 2021

As the 2021 holiday season approaches, the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have unprecedented, widespread impacts on households across America. While every person is being affected, the pain is not spread evenly and people of color, lower income households, and seniors are being disproportionately impacted across the country, and right here in Davis too.

The primary mission of the STEAC Holiday Program is to provide food and gifts for low-income Davis families and individuals during the December holiday season. “For families experiencing poverty, it can be a challenge to provide the basics like food, heat, clothing, and shelter to loved ones, and therefore, special holiday meals and gifts can simply feel out of reach,” said program chair, Kelly Coleman.

This will be the 54th year for the Holiday Program, a time-honored tradition in Davis that is embraced annually by local families, workplaces, and organizations. Each year, our community has been able to make the holidays brighter for over 400 local Davis families, residents, and seniors who are struggling to make ends meet. “This holiday tradition is particularly special because it really is neighbor-helping-neighbor, bringing the Davis community together to care for and support each other,” said Coleman.

Low-income Davis residents can apply for a holiday box starting October 25 through Nov. 14 using an online form offered in English and Spanish that can be found on our website at www.steac.org. This low-touch method is the fastest way to get the application completed. For those not able to apply online, there will be a few in-person days where for interviews on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructions for applying, including specific dates, times and what documentation to bring, are available at various locations around town including Davis Community Meals (1101 H St.), and on our website at www.steac.org. Residents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as there is limited availability and slots fill up quickly.

STEAC also seeks individuals, families, businesses, groups, clubs, churches, and schools to adopt individuals and families of varying sizes. Holiday Program adopters are provided a checklist of food and a wish list of gifts specific to their adopted families. The cost of adopting ranges from $100 to $500-plus, depending on the size of the family.

After the adopter buys and packages the food and gifts on the list, they must be delivered between Dec. 7 and 9 to the program headquarters at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd. in Davis. To adopt a family, go to www.steac.org and fill in the form.

And finally, STEAC needs volunteers to conduct qualification call-backs and interviews from Nov. 1 to 17, as well as for the collection and distribution activities happening Dec. 6-11. We have implemented practices and procedures to safeguard health and safety during all of our volunteer shifts. If you are interested, go to our website at www.steac.org to fill out a volunteer form and let us know you would like to help with the Holiday Program.

The STEAC Holiday Program not only provides support to local families in need during the holidays, but also serves as an important fundraiser for STEAC’s other programs and services. Many people are inspired to give during the holidays, but the need to help struggling Yolo County families exists all year long.

Financial donations to STEAC’s Holiday Program will support struggling low-income county residents with basic necessities like rent, utilities, and food during this difficult time for so many in our community. Cash donations can be sent to the STEAC office at 1712 Picasso Ave Unit D, Davis, CA 95618, or made directly through STEAC’s website at www.steac.org.

Link to online article in The Enterprise




Letter: STEAC Thankful for Grant

Letter to the Editor

October 5, 2021

STEAC is excited to announce we recently received funding to help local residents stay housed during these difficult times. Through a $25,000 grant, STEAC’s Rental Assistance Program is being supported in part by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Health program.

Funds will be used to prevent evictions or help homeless families and individuals get into permanent housing. With the hardships of the pandemic affecting so many vulnerable people in our community, this support will not only prevent homelessness, it will also improve the economic security, health and nutrition of program recipients.

STEAC is honored to continue its collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Northern California to improve the lives of so many who are struggling during this unprecedented crisis.

Liane Moody Executive director, STEAC



Letter: STEAC thankful for grant

Letter to the Editor

September 29, 2021

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, is very grateful for recently receiving a philanthropic charitable grant from Genentech, a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.

This grant will support STEAC’s Feeding the Hungry Program which distributed over 160,000 pounds of food last year to families and individuals, many of whom endured the hardships of the pandemic, often struggling to put food on the table. With food insecurity continuing to rise in Yolo County, Genentech’s grant definitely serves an important role in supporting the community.

STEAC sincerely appreciates Genentech’s generous support.

Liane Moody Executive director, STEAC



Letter: Sutter helps STEAC’s mission

Letter to the Editor

September 6, 2021

This last year, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee has witnessed the ravages of COVID-19 and the hardship it has inflicted on hundreds of struggling families and individuals. The pandemic has robbed hard-working families of their jobs and tragically, in some cases, their lives. All of this has resulted in an unprecedented demand for STEAC’s Eviction Prevention Program, with service levels at more than double what they were a year ago.

In continued collaboration with STEAC to help prevent homelessness, Sutter Health recently awarded STEAC a Community Health Investment Award. We are truly honored to continue working with Sutter Health to keep families and individuals housed, especially during these difficult times. With their support, STEAC expects to help nearly 240 families through the year-end, allowing us to continue to meet a growing demand. We feel fortunate to team up with Sutter Health to support local families in need.

Liane Moody STEAC executive director



STEAC receives $10K grant from Bayer Fund

Special to The Enterprise

June 25, 2021

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, announced today it received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to support STEAC’s Feeding the Hungry Program.

“With the pandemic-related hardships facing so many families at this time who need food and other resources, we are very appreciative to receive this support from the Bayer Fund,” stated STEAC executive director Liane Moody.

In this past year, STEAC had to completely reconfigure, streamline and expand its Feeding the Hungry Program in response to COVID-19 issues. In particular, STEAC reached out to help vulnerable seniors and children by expanding its Food Packs for Kids and Senior Food Delivery Programs. This took considerable time and resources. The Bayer Fund will provide funds to support these efforts and pay for food for this essential program that provides the equivalent of over 80,000 meals per year.

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”

In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to over 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $80 million.

To learn more about STEAC visit www.steac.org.

To learn more about Bayer Fund visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.



Scouts have food drive for STEAC

Special to The Enterprise

March 5, 2021

Local Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturing Crew, and Girl Scout Troop 385 are hosting a food drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee’s food programs this Saturday, March 13. Flyers will be distributed this week by troops and their families to many homes in Davis.

Anyone who receives a flyer can help STEAC by leaving a food donation out by the curb by 9 a.m. Saturday, March 13. Scouts will come by between 9:30 a.m. and noon that day. If a resident does not receive a flyer, they may live in an area the Scouts cannot cover, but residents can still participate by bringing donations to STEAC’s regular donation window at 642 Hawthorn Lane between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday.

Although all shelf-stable, unexpired and unopened foods are appreciated, STEAC especially needs small bottles of oil, kids’ individual fruit cups, and small, low-sugar jellies and jams.

STEAC distributes approximately 100,000 pounds of food annually providing over 80,000 meals to those in need. STEAC has several food programs targeting low-income school children, seniors, and rural families, and runs the local food pantry in Davis.

Davis Scouting for Food is one of only a few major food drives that STEAC relies on for food donations. During the pandemic, the organizations have altered procedures to keep the Scouts and volunteers socially distanced and safe.

Check out all STEAC’s programs to provide Yolo County residents with basic necessities at www.steac.org. Residents also can sign up to make regular food donations to STEAC. Information is available at steacfoodproject.org.



STEAC’s holiday program hosts drive-through distribution day

Special to The Enterprise

December 16, 2020

STEAC volunteers work Saturday at First Baptist Church to get donated gifts and food to needy families as part of the annual Holiday Program. Courtesy photo

Even amid the challenges of the pandemic, STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, brought the spirit of the season to more than 425 individuals and families through its 53rd annual holiday program.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, prequalified recipients lined up in their cars for a drive-through distribution of hand-selected food and gifts donated by Davis families, groups, and individuals who “adopted” them for the holidays.

While 2020 has had an impact on everyone’s lives and livelihoods, for some, this year has deepened hardships they were already facing, while others are struggling with new challenges or experiencing poverty for the first time. STEAC is thankful to the local adopters who donated food, gifts and money to make the holidays special for each low-income family who applied and were accepted into the program.

STEAC is grateful to the staff and congregation of the First Baptist Church of Davis, which donated its facilities and grounds for an entire week to host STEAC Holiday Program volunteers as they collected and then distributed food and gifts.

Adopted families in the STEAC Holiday Program also benefitted from the generous donations of gift cards from St. James Church parishioners and from the Salvation Army of Davis to be used for perishable groceries.

STEAC also thanked DJUSD and the city of Davis for allowing them to stage drive-through qualification interviews in the Davis High School parking lot and the Veteran’s Memorial Center on a rainy day.

Extra-special donations this year were more than 400 hand-made blankets donated by the blanketeers of the Project Linus of Yolo County Chapter, led by Diane McGee, and the special “Santa Kitties” that were donated by Davis resident Jeanette Lamar.

A big thank you also goes out to The Davis Enterprise for being so responsive, publishing articles and supporting STEAC throughout the year.

Individuals, families, groups and organizations banded together to support STEAC or adopt the 427 low-income individuals and families. In addition to the adopters, 125-plus volunteers distributed flyers, interviewed clients, set up and cleaned up the church, collected food and gift donations, prepared for distribution day, and then worked to distribute all the food and gifts.

After the flurry of the holidays settles down, the STEAC office reaches out to hundreds of Yolo County residents, providing help with rental and utility assistance, food, work and interview outfits, books for low-income community college students, job training and more. For information about STEAC, go to www.steac.org.



Project Linus donates 417 blankets to STEAC

Special to The Enterprise

November 23, 2020

Project Linus of Yolo County blanketeers have been busy making blankets, despite not having in-person monthly meetings since March. During the past nine months, the chapter has made and donated 1,383 blankets to numerous Yolo County groups, including 417 blankets to STEAC for its December drive-by giveaway. If anyone would like to donate handmade blankets or would like more information about blanket drop-offs, email chapter coordinator Diane McGee at dmmyolo@gmail.com. Monetary donations, along with donations of yarn and fabric, are always welcome.



STEAC’s Holiday Program makes changes amid COVID

Special to The Enterprise

October 26, 2020

Volunteers are needed to deliver food and gifts for STEAC’s annual Holiday Program, as well as help interview potential recipients. Those interested can sign up on the website. Courtesy photo

With the holiday season fast approaching, volunteers for the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) have been working hard to re-imagine the Holiday Program for 2020 amid coronavirus restrictions.

Their primary mission remains to provide food and gifts for low-income families and individuals in Davis during the December holiday season, but they also focused on the health and safety of everyone involved — staff, volunteers and clients.

“The Holiday Program is a time-honored tradition in Davis, and, of all of STEAC’s programs, it is by far the most widely recognized and embraced by local families and organizations,” said Kelly Coleman, program chair. “This holiday tradition is particularly special because it really is neighbor-helping-neighbor, bringing the Davis community together to care for and support each other.”

The needs are bigger than ever in 2020. For some, this year has deepened hardships they were already facing, while others are struggling with new challenges or experiencing poverty for the first time. The program will remain much the same as previous years, but there will be changes to the way the volunteers qualify clients, collect donations and deliver food and gifts on Distribution Day in December.

Low-income residents can apply for a holiday box through Nov. 15 using a new online form at www.steac.org. There also will be a few drive-up days where volunteers can interview residents on a first-come, first-served basis from their cars. Instructions for applying, including specific dates, times and what documentation to bring, are available at various locations around town including Davis Community Meals (1111 H St.), and at www.steac.org. Residents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible since there is limited availability and slots fill up quickly.

STEAC is also looking for individuals, families, businesses, groups, clubs, churches and schools to adopt individuals and families of varying sizes. Holiday Program adopters are provided a checklist of food and a wish list of gifts specific to their adopted families. The cost of adopting ranges from $100 to $500-plus, depending on the size of the family. After the adopter buys and packages the food and gifts on the list, they must be delivered between Dec. 8 and 10 to the program headquarters at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd. in Davis. To adopt a family, go to www.steac.org and fill in the form.

And finally, STEAC needs volunteers to conduct qualification call-backs and interviews from Nov. 2 to 18, as well as for the collection and distribution activities happening Dec. 7 to 12. There will be new practices and procedures to safeguard health and safety during all of the volunteer shifts. Visit the website to fill out a volunteer form.

The STEAC Holiday Program not only provides support to local families in need during the holidays but also serves as an important fundraiser for STEAC’s other programs and services. Financial donations will support struggling low-income county residents with basic necessities like rent, utilities and food. Cash donations can be sent to the STEAC office at 1712 Picasso Ave., Unit D, Davis, CA 95618, or made directly through STEAC’s website at www.steac.org.



STEAC Tribute to Lynne Rumery

Special to The Enterprise

July 21, 2020

It is not often that someone of extraordinary character, compassion and kindness enters your life — someone who is an unquestionably good person, who would drop everything to care for you or a stranger in need. Someone who embraces everyone unconditionally without judgement.

The Short Term Emergency Aid Committee was fortunate enough to have such a person. Lynne Rumery joined the STEAC family over 15 years ago. When we first met Lynne, we were struck by what a kind and caring person she was. Whether speaking to office staff or to a family struggling to put food on the table, Lynne would drop everything and give them her undivided attention. When you talked to Lynne, you felt like she would do anything to help you and the truth is, she would and did.

While Lynne was a volunteer, she felt more like staff. She was dedicated to STEAC. For a solid three weeks during the holidays, when most people are out shopping and taking time off, Lynne would literally block out all of her time to devote to the Holiday Program, making sure that each adoptee family was matched perfectly with their adopter family.

When office staff would go on vacation, Lynne would clear her calendar and cover the office. Or she would take care of their dog so they could get away to see an ailing parent. If someone had surgery and needed help going to and from their appointments, Lynne would gladly lend a helping hand making sure they were well cared for.

For almost two decades, she cheerfully trained office staff and referral agencies, registered students for STEAC’s Education Program, festively ran the children’s book distribution at the Holiday Program, and helped thousands of local families find food and shelter. Through all the years Lynne has been a consistent, compassionate and respectful representative of STEAC.

Lynne wasn’t one to seek attention or notoriety for her thoughtful gestures. In fact, she probably would not like us writing these kind words about her. Conversely, she was very generous with her own compliments and admiration which often felt underserved but somehow we felt we should live up to her praise — she made us all be better human beings.

We always knew when Lynne was coming into the office. We would hear her bound up the path with her dog Lucy, in tow, who would ultimately howl in delight to see everyone. We will always remember her cheerful hellos in the morning as she made sure to greet each person individually, generously sharing her warm smile and gracious spirit.

While Lynne’s sudden passing makes it hard for us to believe we will never see her again, we all hold her deeply and sweetly in our hearts, carrying her with us always in the way we reach out to struggling families, the way we treat each other, and the way we stop and truly listen to one another. We feel blessed and fortunate to have had her in our lives, and know it is rare to have such an extraordinary person grace the short time we all have together. Thank you, Thank you, Lynne Rumery. We love you always.

Katy Zane on behalf of the STEAC family



Letter: STEAC thanks Genentech

Letter to the Editor

July 10, 2020

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee recently received a $15,000 Philanthropic Charitable Grant from Genentech, a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.

This grant will support STEAC’s Feeding the Hungry Program that provides enough food for close to 85,000 meals a year through STEAC’sFood Closet. In addition, STEAC was chosen to be the recipient of Genentech’s2020 Gives Back Week, which will provide close to $21,000 to support all of STEAC’s programs.

With the COVID-19 crisis, STEAC has had to spend considerable time and resources to reconfigure its operations, expecting demand for food and rental assistance to increase significantly for months to come. The generosity of Genentech will go a long ways toward helping local residentsput food on the table, remain housed, find employment, and more during these difficult times. STEAC is sincerely grateful for the support from Genentech.

Liane Moody Executive director, STEAC



Letter: STEAC thankful for relief fund

Special to The Enterprise

July 2, 2020

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee recently received a $10,000 grant award from the Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund at the Yolo Community Foundation (YCF).

The Yolo COVID-19 Relief Fund is a partnership between Yolo County, the Cities of Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento, and Davis, and the YCF. The grant funds will be used for STEAC’s general operations to support STEAC’s response to COVID-19. These funds will serve a critical need as STEAC has had to reconfigure much of its operations to ensure a safe work environment during the current health crisis.

STEAC is extremely grateful for this support that will help STEAC continue to serve the local community, providing assistance with food, rental assistance and much more during these trying times.

Liane Moody Executive director, STEAC



STEAC receives $10,000 in grant money from Bayer Fund

Special to The Enterprise

June 30, 2020

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, announced Tuesday it received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to support STEAC’s Feeding the Hungry Program.

“We are thrilled to receive this support from Bayer Fund, especially during these trying times where so many families have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis,” stated STEAC executive director Liane Moody. “In the past three years, our Feeding the Hungry Program has almost doubled in size in terms of the number of families it serves. With the increased unemployment, our program will be stressed even further for months to come.”

The Feeding the Hungry Program provides the equivalent of over 85,000 meals a year to food insecure families in the community. Due to social distancing requirements in the last couple months, STEAC has had to cancel critical food drives that it relies on to provide food to families in need. The Bayer Fund grant will provide funds that can go toward replenishing much needed supplies, providing enough support to pay for food for roughly 20,000 meals, serving close to 2,000 individuals.

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $14 million to over 3,200 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $79 million.

To learn more about STEAC visit www.steac.org.

To learn more about Bayer Fund visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.



Letter: STEAC thanks and donation match for Big Day of Giving

Letter to the Editor

May 5, 2020

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, is extremely grateful for the generous support it has received during this COVID-19 crisis. Our community has stepped up during this time to ensure that low-income individuals and families do not have to go without basic necessities.

We are excited to announce that a generous Davis family has offered to match all Big Day of Giving donations on or before May 7 to STEAC up to $10,000. Your donations will go to helping our neighbors in need. To participate, visit www.bigdayofgiving.org/steac or mail a check to STEAC, 1712 Picasso Ave, Suite D, Davis, CA 95618 (please let us know it is for BDoG to qualify for the match).

STEAC would also like to thank Soroptimist International of Davis for their Community Grant to support STEAC’s Legal Documents Program. This program supports low-income and homeless individuals who need legal documents to get access to aid, apply for work, or get into housing. In particular, this program is important to women and children escaping an abusive environment, where it may be necessary to suddenly leave everything behind, including legal documents.

Finally, STEAC is grateful for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s grant to support STEAC’s Feeding the Hungry Program. This program provides the equivalent of over 85,000 meals a year to local residents who regularly struggle to put food on the table. With unemployment rising from the COVID-19 crisis, STEAC expects demand to increase over the next year by 10 to 20 percent. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation grant will help STEAC meet this increased demand.

With gratitude, we express our sincere appreciation. It is only through this type of support that we are able to help so many people in need.

Liane Moody STEAC executive director



Commentary: STEAC fighting food insecurity in Davis during the COVID-19 crisis

Special to The Enterprise

April 18, 2020

By Wayne Eckert Special to The Enterprise

The Short Term Emergency Aid Committee was founded more than 50 years ago to meet the basic needs of low-income families and individuals in the community during times of crisis. The current COVID-19 crisis, while difficult for everyone, will have the most serious effects on those whose low incomes make them more vulnerable to food insecurity, homelessness and other forms of financial instability.

Families in our community are struggling right now due to job loss, illness, lack of health care and many other effects of long-standing inequities made worse by the current health crisis. STEAC is committed to providing support to low-income families now and into the future as the effects of this crisis continue to impact the lives of those in need.

STEAC has a dedicated group of staff and volunteers that have been working hard over the last month to modify STEAC’s programs in order to keep both volunteers and clients healthy while continuing to provide services that are so desperately needed.

Right now, food insecurity is the issue that is most pressing. With rising unemployment, more and more families are finding it difficult to provide enough food to feed their families. STEAC’s food programs are helping to fill the gap.

Volunteers, including many UC Davis Ph.D. students like Jess Rudder and Derek Rury, pack grocery bags with shelf-stable items like canned goods, pasta, rice and oil, as well as high-need items like fresh dairy, meat and eggs. STEAC provides up to five days of groceries for each person in the family for up to 45 Davis families each week.

Although school is no longer taking place inside the usual school buildings, STEAC continues to partner with DJUSD to provide Food Packs for Kids to help families feed their children with bags of food for the weekends. Every week during this crisis, the Cooke family (Janis, Alex, Stuart and Joel) have volunteered together to fill 100 bags with meal and snack items for Davis school children to take with them for the weekends when they pick up the free lunches and breakfasts at Montgomery Elementary School in Davis.

STEAC faces challenges in our efforts to continue providing nutritious food to those in need. STEAC regularly purchases perishable items from local stores including Trader Joe’s, Food 4 Less, the Davis Food Co-op and Grocery Outlet. These commercial partners have been incredibly accommodating, assisting STEAC volunteers in making our food orders and even wheeling the groceries to vehicles.

However, the demand for food from consumers as well as disruptions in supply chains are leading to increased prices and decreasing availability of food. Additionally, STEAC relies on community food donations to provide more than 2,000 pounds of food we distribute every week. Due to the shelter in place restrictions, STEAC has had to cancel two major community food drives resulting in the loss of close to 20,000 pounds of food we would normally collect.

To meet these challenges, STEAC needs your help. We have instituted a social distancing compliant food donation drop-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the STEAC Food Closet at 642 Hawthorn Lane, in the parking lot behind St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Cash donations can also be made at www.steac.org or mailed to 1712 Picasso Ave., Suite D, Davis, CA 95618.

We are so appreciative of the many STEAC supporters who have donated food and money since this crisis began to help us continue to meet these and other basic needs including eviction prevention, utility and first month’s rent support and job interview clothing. We could not do our work without our generous community and we are sincerely grateful.

— Wayne Eckert is the president of the STEAC board of directors.



Letter: STEAC thankful for Scouting for Food Drive

Letter to the Editor

April 1, 2020

Once again STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, is extremely grateful for the Scouting for Food Drive. Despite the inclement weather and uncertain circumstances, the Scouts brought in more than 8,600 pounds of food which is especially needed for food insecure families during these trying times.

In addition to distributing thousands of fliers before the drive, Scouts of all ages were braving the elements the day of the event, collecting and sorting food. In particular, Scouts leader, Sherry Heins, played a critical role coordinating the entire event, ensuring that things went smoothly. Many STEAC volunteers/staff also pitched in with the food sort.

Finally, the Davis community was once again amazing, leaving an abundance of donations out on their sidewalks for pick-up. With the current health crisis especially impacting those less fortunate, the Scouting for Food Drive was particularly important this year, ensuring that struggling families will have food to put on their tables through these rough times. Sincere thanks from all of us here at STEAC!

Liane Moody STEAC executive director



Letter: STEAC says thanks

Letter to the Editor

February 5, 2020

STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, was fortunate to be one of two recipients of the Yolo County Association of Realtors (YAR) December CanTree fundraiser. Realtors and business affiliate members throughout the county donated over $14,000 to STEAC including a very generous donation of $1,000 from the Yolo Federal Credit Union (YFCU).

STEAC supports low income individuals throughout Yolo County with services ranging from rental/utility assistance, job readiness support programs, food closet services, and a holiday adoption program. STEAC is working hard to prevent homelessness in our community, providing rental support to 222 families last year throughout Yolo County.

It is only through generous donations such as those from YAR and YFCU that STEAC is able to provide these services, helping local families who struggle to have the basic necessities that most of us take for granted. On behalf of all of us at STEAC, we are very grateful to Yolo County Association of Realtors and the Yolo Federal Credit Union for their kindhearted support.

Liane Moody STEAC Executive Director



STEAC brings holiday joy to local families

Special to The Enterprise

December 7, 2019

By Kelly Coleman Special to The Enterprise

The rain clouds took a break on Saturday morning to spread the warmth and joy of the holiday season to some very special Davis families. In what has become a Davis holiday tradition, STEAC, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, once again brought holiday cheer to more than 400 individuals and families through its annual Holiday Program.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, recipients lined up early under unexpectedly blue skies to receive gifts and food donated by Davis families, groups, and individuals who “adopted” them for the holidays.

Generous adopters from the surrounding community donated food, gifts, and money to make the holidays special for each low-income family who applied and accepted into the program. The distribution day was a festive event with music and Santa Claus handing out candy canes. Families were able to select children’s books as well as warm coats and knitted hats donated by local schools, churches and caring individuals. Families with children were also given handmade blankets as well as donated stuffed animals and Santa Kitties.

There are so many organizations and individuals to thank for their contributions for what is really a community effort.

STEAC is grateful to the staff and congregations of the Davis Lutheran Church and the First Baptist Church of Davis, which donated their facilities and grounds for multiple days to host STEAC Holiday Program volunteers as they conducted screening, and collection and distribution, respectively.

Adopted families in the STEAC Holiday Program also benefitted from the generous donations of gift cards from St. James Church parishioners and from the Salvation Army of Davis to be used for perishable groceries.

Numerous groups, individuals, and schools sponsored used coat or book drives — the schools included Birch Lane, Cesar Chavez, Korematsu, Montgomery, North Davis, Patwin, Pioneer, Willett, Emerson/DaVinci, Harper, Holmes, Davis Senior High School, DPNS at Danbury, and DPNS at 8th Street. Churches who collected for STEAC included First Baptist Church, Grace Valley Church, St Martin’s Episcopal Church, and Unity Center of Davis. Organizations and Businesses to thank for their donation drives include Lyon Real Estate, PrimeLending, Right & Relevant, Ink Monkey, The Friends of the Davis Library and UC Davis Fire Department.

Food donations to keep volunteers well-nourished were provided by Woodstock’s Pizza and Dos Coyotes.

Extra-special donations this year were the more than 300 handmade blankets from the blanketeers of the Project Linus of Yolo County Chapter and the many hand-knitted hats donated by several local knitting groups and individuals. Restored stuffed animals were donated by Nancy Keltner and more than 85 “Santa Kitties” were donated by Jeannette Lamar, both Davis residents.

A big thank you to the Davis Enterprise for being so responsive, publishing articles and supporting STEAC throughout the year.

Many individuals, families, groups and organizations banded together to support STEAC or adopt our 409 qualified individuals and families, which is at the heart of this neighbor-helping-neighbor program. And, as generous adopters delivered their food boxes and gifts this last week, they also dropped off an incredible 1,245 pounds of additional food that will support the Davis community beyond just this holiday season.

STEAC is grateful to the many distribution day volunteers who manned the dollies, checked in families, and managed the distribution of gifts, blankets, books and coats to the many families who came. The STEAC Holiday Program is a huge team effort and countless volunteer and staff hours are spent in the office matching families and adopters, screening recipient families, translating materials, coordinating and receiving coat/book/food drives, receiving and organizing boxes at the church, taking boxes out to family cars, and overseeing the whole operation! There are too many to name here but the entire team deserves our deepest appreciation.

None of this is possible without the support of the Davis community and their generous commitment year after year to bringing holiday joy to those facing hardships in our community. All year long, STEAC is able to help families with basic necessities because of the support we receive from the caring and committed Davis community.

The generosity of our supporters allows STEAC to provide help with basic necessities to low-income families and individuals over 10,000 times every year. For information about STEAC and its programs, go to www.steac.org.

— Kelly Coleman is the STEAC Holiday Program chair for 2019.



STEAC recruits for holiday program

Special to The Enterprise

November 6, 2019

Volunteers for the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee have kicked off their campaign to sign up “Adopters” to provide gifts and food for struggling individuals and families living in Davis who might otherwise go without during the upcoming holiday season.

In its 52nd year, STEAC’s Holiday Program encourages individuals, families, businesses, groups, clubs, churches, and schools to adopt individuals and families of varying sizes with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.

It is a great way to directly help families in our community as program recipients must be Davis residents. “The Holiday Program is a time-honored tradition in Davis, and, of all of STEAC’s programs, it is by far the most widely recognized and embraced by local families and organizations,” said program chair Kelly Coleman. “This holiday tradition is particularly special because it really is neighbor-helping-neighbor, bringing the community together to care for and support each other.”

STEAC volunteers have started recruiting adopters through STEAC’s website, letters, e-mails and phone calls. Adopters will be needed to fill the high demand for the program, leading up to the Nov. 27 deadline to adopt a family.

Holiday Program adopters are provided a checklist of food and a wish list of gifts specific to their adopted families. “We are doing something new this year. In an attempt to better match our community’s needs, we are excited to be offering a choice of ethnically-inspired food lists to our adopted families,” said Coleman.

The cost of adopting ranges from $100 to $500+, depending on the size of the family. After the adopter buys and packages the food and gifts on the list, they must be delivered between Dec. 3-5 to the program headquarters at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis.

“We are also expanding our reach from prior years, and are expecting to provide food and gifts to nearly 450 Davis households this season,” explained Coleman. STEAC is in particular need for large families to be adopted — often times book clubs, offices, or scout troops come together to help larger families. As well, there are an increased number of singles seeking assistance – including people who are elderly, disabled, and/or homeless in our community.

“Not only does the Holiday Program provide support during the holidays, it also is a major fundraiser for STEAC’s other programs and services,” stated STEAC director, Liane Moody. “Many people in the community are inspired to give during the holidays, but the need to help struggling Yolo County families extends far into the year, long after the holiday season ends.”

STEAC provides a host of programs to support struggling low-income county residents. Services range from eviction prevention and first month’s rent, to job readiness programs such as work and interview clothing and money for textbooks, to weekend bags of food for school children, to free food through STEAC’s food closet which distributes almost 130,000 pounds of food a year.

“Our goal is to keep struggling families and individuals from becoming homeless and to help them become self-sufficient. With public grant funding becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, STEAC relies more and more on private donations to serve local families and individuals who struggle each day with basic necessities,” Moody explained.

Cash donations can be sent to the STEAC office at 1712 Picasso Ave Unit D, Davis, CA 95618, or made directly through STEAC’s website at www.steac.org.

Low-income residents can apply for a holiday box starting November 2 through November 16 at the Davis Lutheran Church, which is located at 317 E 8th St., in Davis. Instructions for applying, including specific dates and times and what documentation to bring with you, are available at the Yolo County Library, City of Davis Parks and Recreation Department, Davis Community Meals (1111 H St.), and on our website at www.steac.org. Residents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as there is limited availability and slots fill up quickly.

For information about adopting, receiving holiday gifts, volunteering, or donating, call 530-758-8435, or send an e-mail to holidayprogram@steac.org. More information on the Holiday Program can be found on the STEAC web page at www.steac.org.



Junior Girl Scouts help STEAC families and individuals

Special to The Enterprise

June 19, 2019

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When the Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 915 of Davis thought about how they could improve their community and earn a Girl Scout bronze award, they immediately thought about helping people who struggle to afford basic needs like food and toiletries.

They invited Katy Zane, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee program consultant to speak at a troop meeting to get more information about how to help.

“They had a lot of questions about our homeless neighbors,” said troop leader Maggie Memmott.

After thinking it over, the girls decided they wanted to create “Blessing Bags,” full of useful items geared toward these neighbors. Zane explained that in addition to basic toiletries, items such as sewing kits, ponchos and socks are also in great need.

Troop 915 solicited donations from family, friends and members at Get Fit Sport gym.

Then they teamed up with two Brownie troops to write and illustrate notes full of positive messages like “A Girl Scout is sending you a smile” and “Have a Great Day!” to include in every bag.

The girls, Aine Walsh, Maddie Shull, Mimi Abbker, Bea Taormino and Yoriko Campero-Shiraishi, assisted by troop leaders Liz Colenzo and Maggie Memmott, made 50 bags, stuffed full of useful items.

Last week the girls delivered 25 bags, customized for men and women, to STEAC, and will deliver the other 25 directly to people on the street.

“STEAC is so impressed with the thoughtfulness and leadership that these Junior Girl Scouts demonstrated through this project,” Zane said, adding, “The families and individuals we serve will be touched by their kindness.”

For information about STEAC visit www.steac.org.




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