Juanita Nicolas, youth aid, Youth Investment Center

Eat, Pray, Survive

One woman's journey through foster care

After 19 years of struggling to belong, Juanita Nicolas found the students at Wilson Riles Middle School. As a youth aid, the teenager tutored 40 students, many in the foster care system just as she had been before emancipation a year earlier.

Oct 1, 2010 JT Long
Terry Myrrdin, chief of facilities oversight, office of the Secretary of State.

Difference in the Making

Local women reach out to foster youth

Sometimes small things can make big differences. Whether it’s a dry towel, a warm hat or advice on how to create a budget, a little bit of time can have a positive impact on one of Sacramento County’s 4,000 foster youth, many of whom don’t have anyone to provide these basics.

Oct 1, 2010 JT Long

Housing the Homeless

Donate, volunteer and support

The face of homelessness in our region is changing. Yes, we still see the typical street people: the disabled man asking for quarters outside our favorite coffee shop, the elderly lady pushing a grocery cart and the sleeping figures huddled under blankets in doorways. These are the chronically homeless — the most vulnerable, change-resistant and expensive in terms of taxpayer dollars spent on shelters, medical care, addiction rehab and law enforcement.

May 3, 2010 Winnie Comstock-Carlson