Resources


Blossom Birth – Your Resource for Pregnancy, Birth & Parenthood

Are you a new or expectant parent? Looking for advice and support? There are lots of places in the Bay Area which provide support, classes and events for parents. We’ll highlight a few of them in the blog in the coming months. Our first spotlight will be on Blossom Birth. Blossom Birth is a non-profit education and resource center that provides parents and birth professionals with a balanced, non-judgmental view of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Through classes, workshops, support groups, and accessibility to community resources, Blossom strives to support and inform expectant and new parents to raise healthy, secure […]


Deborah’s Palm – A Community for Women

  I’ve been living here in the Peninsula for nearly two years now, and I’m still discovering new things every week. This weeks’ discovery was ‘Deborah’s Palm’. A fellow CCIS volunteer at Stanford pointed me in their direction. I met with Katie Ritchey, Founder and Executive Director, to learn more and wanted to share this great resource with all of you. Katie, born and bred in Palo Alto, retrained to be a counselor after her children had grown. As part of her final project she was tasked with researching a non-profit that she would be interested in working for upon […]

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International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.


Going Home: Surviving and Enjoying the Trip

We’re counting down now. Less than a week until we make the epic journey back to the UK, going home to visit my husband’s family for Christmas. I should be overjoyed to be going back. I lived there for 10 years, and it will be wonderful to see family, old friends, new babies, and visit some favorite places, I am, however, filled with dread rather than joy…


Giving at Christmas: The Real Festive Gift

The festive season is well and truly upon us in the Bay Area, bursting through our front door without much warning just as Thanksgiving was packing its bags. A time traditionally devoted to peace, giving, generosity, family, and community, for many of us it’s a season more accustomed to baking, buying, wrapping and sending.