1. Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2014 SSG wishes everyone safe and happy New Year celebrations!

    If you would like to make a donation that will count toward your 2014 tax deduction, there’s still time to do so. Click here to be taken to our secure donation portal. We appreciate your support! Happy 2015!

  1. Happy holidays from SSG!


    December 15, 2014 SSG wishes everyone a safe, happy holiday season. We are proud of the work our team and supporters accomplished in 2014. Thank you, all!

    If you would like to make a donation that will count toward your 2014 taxes, you may do so here. We appreciate your support!

  1. SSG mourns the passing of Lark Galloway-Gilliam

    December 5, 2014 The Board and Staff of Community Health Councils, Inc. (CHC), recently announced that their founder and Executive Director, Lark Galloway-Gilliam, has passed away after a long-fought illness. SSG is deeply saddened by this news and the loss of a remarkable community leader and partner in the fight for healthy communities. Information about a public memorial will be available at chc-inc.org.

  1. SSG Division Project 180 Gets a News Mention

    November 24, 2014 Earlier this month, Project 180 Founder and Program Creator, Victoria Simon, was asked for her thoughts on the impact of Assembly Bill 109, the State’s plan for reducing prison populations, on Skid Row.

    Project 180 is one of SSG’s Forensic Treatment/Criminal Justice programs. To learn more about these services, click here.
    Photo by Wayne Hsieh / CC BY 2.0

  1. Veterans Day 2014

    November 11, 2014 Returning Veterans don’t always have access to the services they need to transition back to civilian life.

    SSG encourages those who have served and those who know a Veteran to make use of our comprehensive health and human service programs. We operate more than 20 divisions across Southern California and in San Francisco, addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, and a host of other needs. Learn more here.
    Photo by Maryland GovPics / CC BY 2.0

  1. Election Season Brings Talk of Workforce Development

    October 27, 2014 With elections just around the corner, “workforce development” has become a much-discussed topic. Election season or not, SSG recognizes the importance of helping youth, young adults, and adults gain the skills needed to become productive and independent members of society. Our workforce development programs serve a variety of individuals across a spectrum of abilities and needs. Learn more here. Photo by U.S. Army RDECOM / CC BY 2.0

  1. Millions of Children & Adolescents Not Getting Preventative Dental Care

    October 13, 2014 The cost of dental services often deters families from seeking treatments for their children and adolescents. According to the latest CDC report, 9 out of 10 children and adolescents did not receive treatment in the past year. SSG understands the importance of oral care and the role it plays in a child’s developmental health. Our Children’s Dental and Outreach Project works in 8 school districts in the East San Gabriel Valley to provide dental health education and no-cost dental care to students from low-income families. Photo by Wonderlane / CC BY 2.0

  1. A Look at the Difficulties of Being a Caregiver

    September 29, 2014 A recent survey of caregivers revealed the time and money they spend on caregiving tasks, as well as the difficulties they face balancing those tasks with their professional responsibilities. SSG has a program to help caregivers navigate their responsibilities. Our Sustaining Independent Lives with Vital Empowering Resources (SILVER) division offers care management and family caregiver supportive services. Photo by Helgi Halldórsson / CC BY-SA 2.0

  1. L.A. Homeless Collaborative is Expanding

    September 12, 2014 As a provider of services for those experiencing homelessness, SSG applauds the move to make services and housing more accessible. SSG has a history of working to assist homeless populations. Our homeless/safety net/basic needs programs offer a variety of services designed to meet the client’s immediate need for food and shelter. Learn more here. Photo by Eve Fouché / CC BY

  1. SSG’s APIOPA Making a Difference in LA Neighborhoods

    SSG’s APIOPA Making a Difference in LA Neighborhoods graphicAugust 25, 2014 SSG’s programs do its best to address the diverse issues facing the communities we serve. SSG/APIOPA focuses on healthy eating and active living. As a way to promote more healthy activities, such as bicycling and walking, SSG/APIOPA recently conducted an analysis of the risks of reckless driving in Chinatown that impacts bicyclists and pedestrians. This is an important first step in fostering the conversation towards a safer environment for community members to engage in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

  1. SSG New Headquarters Location

    SSG New Headquarters Location! info graphicAugust 4, 2014 SSG is proud to announce its new headquarters which will provide a central and accessible location to its many programs, stakeholders and community members. The new building is a testament to SSG’s growth as a community service provider. Herb Hatanaka, SSG’s Executive Director notes, “Our new corporate headquarters represents the extraordinary milestone in the 62-year history of SSG. It symbolizes our collective achievement and accomplishment as a community-based organization and sets the stage for transformation and growth in the new era before us. Congratulations to us all.” SSG looks forward to planting its seeds in this new location and continuing its growth for many years to come.

  1. SSG’s New Research Publication on Capacity Building for Nonprofits

    SSG's New Research Publication on Capacity Building for Nonprofits info graphicJuly 16, 2014 With funding from the California Community Foundation, SSG Research & Evaluation Team and the Los Angeles Nonprofit Capacity Building Network interviewed a group of nonprofit leaders on how they have used capacity building services to improve their organizational practice. The findings include what and how leaders can expect from capacity building in transforming their organizational culture and professional development, as well as recommendations for nonprofit leaders, foundations, and capacity builders. The full report and executive summary can be accessed at www.ssgresearch.org.

  1. SSG’s New Behavioral Health Line

    SSG's New Behavioral Health Line info graphicMay 19, 2014 SSG is proud to announce the launch of its new toll-free Centralized Behavioral Health Access Line. The line was developed to provide one convenient and user-friendly place for consumers to call. With the implementation of Healthcare Reform, aka ‘Obama Care,’ hundreds of thousands of LA County residents have become insured either through Medi-Cal or Covered California health plans. SSG wanted to make access to care, particularly for behavioral health services, as simple as possible for newly insured clients. By calling the 844-CALL-SSG (844-225-5774) number, a prospective client can get 24/7 attention and screening by highly trained master’s level clinicians and crisis counselors. After a brief assessment, an intake form will be completed and routed to the SSG clinic that best suites the needs of each individual. For more information on our services, please visit a list of our programs and services.

  1. Breaking Ground for New Family Center

    March 28, 2014 After 35 years of providing low or no-cost dental screening and treatment services for low-income students in a trailer at Northam elementary, the Children’s Dental Program is moving into a new building with the Family Resource Center in La Puente. The Dental Program serves over 600 students a year and they will continue to serve the community in the much needed expanded space. The Family Resource Center will also provide medical services, mental health care and homeless services. For more information on the Dental Program be sure to visit the Health section of our website.

  1. The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

    March 18, 2014 For some seniors in ethnic communities, obtaining proper health and mental health care pose serious barriers in access and cultural and language needs. Launched in February 2014, the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is piloting a cutting-edge behavioral health program aimed directly at low-income, minority population: telemental health. Individuals will be able to meet with a therapist using iPads to videoconference. SSG’s Older Adults Division is in collaboration with the program in efforts to innovatively reach more underserved and linguistically isolated communities.

  1. Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can’t Help

    February 10, 2014 Across the country, health and human services officials are scrambling together to address the massive overcrowding of prisons and the ineffective treatment of mentally ill inmates. SSG’s Project 180 specializes in delivering evidenced-based programming to decrease recidivism and improve the quality of life for previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles county. For more on SSG’s forensic treatment and criminal justice programs, check out our specialized programming.

  1. As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code

    January 27, 2014 In a country that is growing older and more diverse, elder care issues are playing out with particular resonance for many Asian-Americans. SSG’s Older Adults Division specializes in providing services to older adults and caretakers in the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities of Los Angeles.

  1. Neglected Issue: Mental Health

    January 14, 2014 All across America and the world, families struggle with these issues, but people are more likely to cry quietly in bed than speak out. These mental health issues pose a greater risk to our well-being than, say, the Afghan Taliban or Al Qaeda terrorists, yet in polite society there is still something of a code of silence around these topics. SSG’s Mental Health Divisions are available to address the need for support and treatment services through a variety of community and school-based mental heath services.