Community Services Division

Community Services

The Community Services Division is responsible for service projects and programs which help to build the assets of individuals and organizations, maintain and increase community's assets, and establish household or individual self-sufficiency.

Community Services works to build the assets of our community's citizens by identifying needs or problems and working toward resolving issues effectively.

TOOTH Program

To assure, promote, and protect the oral health of Humboldt County’s children by increasing their oral health awareness, knowledge, and self-responsibility by developing positive, life-long oral health behaviors.

Teaching Oral Optimism throughout Humboldt County, (TOOTH) is an oral health program of the Redwood Community Action Agency, directed at providing education and preventive services in daycare and preschool settings, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades students and their families throughout the community.

TOOTH originated from RCAA's Cesar Chavez Healthy Communities Project in 2001. Since 2002, TOOTH has served the preschool and K-6th grade population of Humboldt County children with the support of First 5 Humboldt and Circle of Smiles.

After hosting the program for seven years, the California Conservation Corps transitioned the program to RCAA in 2009.  Currently, the TOOTH Program is funded by Department of Health and Human Services’ CalFRESH Program, First 5 Humboldt, Humboldt County Office of Education, North Coast Grantmaking Partnership, Union Labor Health Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration. 

ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

DAYCARE SETTINGS

Oral Health Educators will provide two lessons to any family daycare or facility in Humboldt County.  Daycare curriculum will focus on the following topics, throughout the two lessons:

  • Proper tooth brushing techniques, using small circles
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentist and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your cough & sharing toothbrushes)


PRESCHOOL

Oral Health Educators will provide 11 lessons to every preschool in Humboldt County. Preschool curriculum will focus on the following topics, throughout various lessons:

  • Proper tooth brushing techniques, using small circles
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentist and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your cough & sharing toothbrushes)
  • Nutrition (food pyramid, everyday foods & special treats, health beverages
  • Exercise & sleep
 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Oral Health lessons will be provided to kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students in all elementary schools throughout Humboldt County. The lessons will focus on the following topics.

  • Proper tooth brushing & flossing techniques
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentists and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your couth & sharing toothbrushes)
  • Nutrition/exercise (importance to teeth, food pyramid, need for exercise/water)
  • Tobacco/drug use: gum disease, bone loss & oral cancer (5th grade only)

COMMUNITY EDUCATION


TOOTH will provide oral health education, dental disease prevention workshops, and dental supplies to caregivers and parents in Humboldt County. This goal will  be accomplished by providing workshops at playgroups, school parent night and community health fairs.

Adult and Family Services

The Adult and Family Services programs within the Community Services Division of Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) provide diverse and comprehensive services to clients who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, disabled, and are of low to moderate income.

A list of ongoing donation needs is listed underneath the program descriptions.



PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN TRANSITION (PACT)


The PACT program serves homeless families with children (single moms, single dads or two parent families), pregnant women and families who are in reunification with their children.

This is a confidential, 3 month program with intense focus on finding permanent housing in Humboldt County. Staff provide case management, rehabilitative and support services for the entire family and community integration activities. Aftercare can also be provided for 3-6 months after permanent housing has been established.

Referrals for this program can be obtained through the Healthy Moms Program, Healthy Dads Program, Humboldt County Alcohol and Other Drugs Program and Child Welfare Services.   


DONATIONS NEEDED:

Our programs are currently in need of the following donated items:
  • Combs and Hairbrushes
  • Pillows and Pillow Cases
  • Blankets (twin size) - Good condition only please
  • Men's shirts (sizes L, XL, XXL, or larger) - Good condition only please
  • Men's and Women's belts of various sizes
  • Collapsible cloth laundry hampers
  • New men and women's socks - various sizes
  • New men and women's underwear - various sizes
  • Sweatpants - men's and women's various sizes
  • Gently used or new jackets
  • Gently used or new hat, scarves and gloves
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products (menstrual pads and tampons)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, razors, shaving cream, body wash, etc.)
  • Crock pots (new or gently used)
  • Kitchen Items (To be given to Occupants upon exit from program) New or gently used: cups, plates, bowls, silverware, kitchen utensils, pots, pans, dish towels, etc.
If you would like to make a donation to any of our Adult & Families programs, please call (707) 269-2013 to make arrangements for a drop off time and location.
 

AFACTR AmeriCorps

The mission of the AFACTR (Assisting Families to Access Change Through Resources) AmeriCorps program is to strengthen Humboldt County communities and families through collaborative work with Family Resource Centers and Child Welfare Services. By providing families with basic case management, parenting lessons and increasing the awareness of local resources members are helping to: reduce family isolation, create healthy families and improve outcomes of children and families who are in need and/or at risk for child abuse.  The primary purpose of the program is to help prevent child abuse in Humboldt County.

AFACTR AmeriCorps Members will:
*Provide families with preventative case management
*Make referrals for families to needed local resources
*Support positive family and community connections for children
*Teach Nurturing Parenting Lessons
*Participate in national service days
  

 

How do RCAA's programs impact you?

  • Natural Resouces Services (NRS) works directly with Humboldt County community leaders, schools and parents to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. NRS helps coordinate both the Greater Eureka and Humboldt County Safe Routes to School Task Forces.
  • Teaching preschoolers oral health care is a result of the TOOTH program.
  • Natural Resources Services works with community members, civic groups and local jurisdictions to enhance neighborhood street tree planting and support the development of community forests for public access and watershed protection.