“The Good Stuff” with Julie

The San Dimas Cares Project provides food for seniors 60 and over who live in San Dimas. Donations are collected weekly at the Senior Citizen/Community Center on Bonita Avenue. Photo: Phil Ebiner

By Julie Salazar

Through the dedication and hard work of Ann Garcia, senior administrative analyst for the city of San Dimas, community members can access the City of San Dimas Residential and Family Resource Guide. This guide is a comprehensive directory that includes information about programs such as the San Dimas Homeless Prevention and Diversion Grant Program and the San Dimas Cares Project. It also includes resources for citizens in need of financial, medical, utilities, educational support and much more. 

Here are some highlights from the Residential and Family Resource Guide:

San Dimas Homeless Prevention and Diversion Grant Program
• For income-eligible households experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
• Provides emergency assistance grants to qualified households to assist with rent, utilities or groceries in order to prevent homelessness
• May also provide mortgage forbearance, a temporary pause or reduction of payments, for property owners
• Application is available online at sandimasca.gov/san-dimas-homeless-prevention-diversion-grant-program
• Contact Ann Garcia at 909-394-6282 or agarcia@sandimasca.gov for more information

Utilities Resources
Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Golden State Water Company, and Spectrum all have programs for customers in need of assistance with their utilities bills. Contact the company below for more information or to apply
• Southern California Edison: https://www.sce.com/residential/assistance
• Southern California Gas Company: https://www.socalgas.com/save-money-and-energy/assistance-programs
• Golden State Water Company: https://www.gswater.com/carw or 866-360-2279
• Spectrum Internet Assist Program: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html
• Spectrum COVID-19 Remote Education Credit Program: https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer

Stay Housed LA
• Provides free legal assistance and support for tenants at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Offers virtual “Know Your Rights” workshops
• Connects tenants at risk of eviction with legal representation
• Visit https://stayhousedla.org for more information

The full resource guide is available at San Dimas City Hall or the San Dimas Public Library.

Collaboration between Garcia and Monique Campos, Crime Prevention Community Relations Officer at the San Dimas Sheriff Station, ensures that our deputies have valuable resources to share with citizens while in the field.

Additionally, Campos coordinates community projects and resources for the sheriff’s station, including:
• Linking Deputy Explorer Program youth volunteers  to community events and goods drives
• Crime prevention programs such as Neighborhood Watch
• Community Action Team that provides support for transient and homeless individuals

For more information about these programs through the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station, contact Monique Campos at 909-450-2763.

Below is a list of ongoing services in and around San Dimas.

San Dimas Cares Project
201 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773
• For seniors 60 and over who live in San Dimas
• Offers food packages on a first-come first-serve basis, delivered or available for pick-up on Thursdays
• Donations accepted at the Senior Citizen/Community Center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment
• Contact the Senior Citizen/Community Center at 909-394-6290 or sdcares@sandimasca.gov to learn more

Holy Name of Mary Food Pantry
724 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773
• Open to all members of the community
• Offers food pantry services Monday through Friday (closed Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Donations accepted during food drives that are announced on the front lawn of Holy Name of Mary or through the St. Vincent de Paul Society
• Contact 909-599-1243, ext. 138 to coordinate donation or to learn more

Shepherd’s Pantry
657 E. Arrow Hwy., Glendora, CA 91740
• Open to Los Angeles County residents
• Provides food and clothing
• Home delivery service is available on Wednesdays only. Register by Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
• Contact 626-852-7630 for more information

Faith Lutheran Church
505 E. Bonita Ave. San Dimas, CA 91773
• Accepts non-perishable donations for the Pomona Food Bank
• Call 909-599-3978 to coordinate donation drop-offs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Food is also available at the church for individuals in need

New Song Church
945 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas, CA. 91773
• Open to all members of the community
• Offers food pantry services
• Donations accepted during food drives or by appointment
• Food baskets distributed on May 8, 13, 22, and 27 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• Contact the church at 909-394-9488 for more information

As this resource list continues to grow,  we thank all  who have participated in these programs and for those who keep us posted on evolving information. It is so important during these uncertain times to ensure this information is available to those who need it.

As a fun, new service for seniors in our community and in collaboration with the city’s Senior Citizens Commission, we would like to grant your “Senior Wish.” If you are a senior citizen, we invite you to relay a small wish (for example, a new blanket, shoes or phone call) that community members may grant. Send your wish to us at inbox@sandimascommunitypost.com or contact the  Senior Citizen/Community Center, and we will do our best to fulfill your wish. This will be a fun and practical way to make things brighter for our senior citizens by allowing others to help out where possible.

Help us continue to spread the word about programs that serve food-challenged, homeless and senior members of our community. Email your resources and services to Julie at inbox@sandimascommunitypost.com.

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