East Bay Community Support
Many of us are lucky to have the support of family and friends when we make mistakes or disaster strikes. They encourage us, help us take the next step, remind us of our goals. For more than 3,000 people in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Rubicon is that support.
Since 1973, Rubicon has provided employment, housing, mental health, and other services to low-income residents of some of the hardest hit communities across the East Bay.
One Rubicon client, Dorothy, became homeless after depression and drug addiction got the better of her. Living under a bridge, alienated from her children, and scared for her safety every night, Dorothy lived through dark times. She tried to end her own life. Someone suggested she come to Rubicon.
Dorothy was determined to make her life whole again. She accessed the services she needed at Rubicon–customized to meet her challenges. Her depression combined with physical problems like diabetes and addiction kept her from being able to work. Rubicon’s legal support staff helped Dorothy access Social Security benefits.
“I felt people cared about me again. I felt better after coming to Rubicon.”
Bridges to Home
Rubicon’s Bridges to Home program found Dorothy a place to live in a peaceful neighborhood in Pinole–away from the violence and temptation of her Richmond life. One-on-one counseling with a caring therapist, group therapy, and home visits helped Dorothy learn how to cope with difficult feelings and overcome drug addiction. Rubicon staff gives Dorothy rides to doctor’s appointment and to Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Rubicon aims to treat clients with respect, and as whole people. To help people who have been struggling with mental illness most of their lives define what health and happiness is for them – not what we say it is. And it works. We decreased hospitalization rates for people with serious mental illness by 54% last year.
Regaining Family Members’ Trust
Dorothy regained her family members’ trust and spends time with her children and grandchildren. Her son is proud of her and picks her up for dinner each week. Without Rubicon, Dorothy says she would be homeless, not taking her medication, drinking, using drugs, and ending up in the hospital like she used to.
“I’m just happy now.”
Rubicon’s mission is to prepare very low-income people to achieve financial independence and to partner with people with mental illness on their journey of recovery. To learn more, go to: http://www.rubiconprograms.org