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Encompass Community Services

Organization Mission

Encompass Community Services delivers critical safety-net services to community members who need it most for 50 years! We offer behavioral health, early childhood education, and housing support services, while serving our neighbors with dignity.

The Big Idea 2024:
Healing Garden

Our project serves current and former foster, probation, and homeless youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills-building, subsidized supportive housing, and a drop-in resource center, the Thrive Hive.

We have an outdoor area at the Thrive Hive we would like to convert into a multi-functional space. Youth can grow fresh produce for cooking classes, have a dedicated meditation space, and a gathering place to visit and build a stronger sense of community. We need garden boxes, outdoor furniture, plants, gardening equipment, lights, and paint to create a serene and beautiful place that our youth deserve!

Please help empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood with our Transition Age Youth Programs (TAY).

Greetings and great days to all who are reading. I am a 26-year-old Native American, a local of Santa Cruz County for nearly 17 years. TAY has helped secure my confidence to overcome any hardship in my path. As a youth I needed consistant humans to show up for me, so that I can show up for myself. TAY gave me good examples of good humans who care and loved.

Ooli Strongheart, Santa Cruz