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Sheriff Deputies dig deep to create jobs

For those who sum up police work envisioning a scenario of officers chasing and arresting bad guys, theres a need to catch up to 21st century crime-fighting. Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs use the term community policing to describe their focus on building relationships with citizens to identify and resolve neighborhood issues. By improving neighborhood livability, they contend, they can quash some crimes before they happen.

This crime-fighting perspective explains how deputies find themselves in the agricultural business. Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Activities League, Inc. (DSAL), a nonprofit organization formed in 2005, is winning state and national recognition for its social enterprise, Dig Deep Farms & Produce. The business operates organic farms and sells produce directly to the public.

Dig Deep Farms has set its sights on creating a $5 million operation, growing fresh, healthy, and affordable local fruits and vegetables to feed a growing share of Alameda County residents. The plan calls for hiring up to 40 people in farming, food service, logistics, and retail operations. Since it began in 2010 with less than an acre, Dig Deep Farms has employed more than 35 full and part-time employees.

St. Nicks of Niles hosts benefit bash

St. Nicks of Niles will be hosting the 5th annual Giving Hope Holiday Bash on Sunday, November 23rd to help raise funds to help those in need this holiday season.ÊJoin Michael McNevin with other special guests for a night of music by local talents, food and wine to benefit the City of Fremonts Giving Hope holiday program.

The holiday season is a time of reflection, to count personal and family blessings and to share the love we have received during the year. Some in our community live on the edge of economic crisis, struggling to maintain the bare necessities for themselves and their families. Help those served by the Fremont Human Services Department by being part of Giving Hope, a program that aids needy families, children, frailÊisolated seniors and their pet companions, bringing them holiday cheer.

Restoring hope

Women between ages 18 and 34 experience the highest rates of domestic violence. Most often, victims of domestic violence go on to experience further attacks at the hands of their original abusers. Men are not immune to abuse either. More than ten percent of men over the age of 18 will experience a violent attack from their intimate partner during their lifetime. Domestic violence is a serious issue impacting men, women, and children.

One local organization that is not afraid to take on serious issues is Rubys Place. Formerly known as Emergency Shelter Program, Rubys Place in Hayward provides temporary shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or are facing homelessness. The shelter has been active since 1972, founded as a grassroots effort by a group of concerned women who saw a need for outreach to battered women in the community.

Over forty years ago, a group of faith-based women from different local churches realized that local victims of domestic violence had nowhere to go. The idea of a shelter for battered women and their children began with a room or two in someones home. Eventually a house was donated to the program. The organization grew and became the first incorporated womens shelter in California. Today, Rubys Place serves 42 families within a home-like temporary shelter, and nearly 4,000 individuals through their outreach program.

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