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Jack Duran Guest Column - Non Profit Organizations

As the holidays roll in, the season tends to bring out human kindness, and the willingness to help those less fortunate. Many have it in their hearts to better our community by lending a hand year round. Whether it is a physical gift, a monetary donation or quality time spent volunteering, there are local organizations that exist to help better the lives of families and children. I’d like to share a glimpse of just some in our community.. 

The mission of KidsFirst is to end child abuse and neglect. With centers in Roseville, Auburn and Citrus Heights, this organization’s vision is that all children live in a safe, healthy and nurturing home.  Established in 1989, this non-profit provides services to families across the Sierra-Sacramento region and is dedicated to getting immediate help to parents and children with difficult life circumstances. KidsFirst is dedicated to the philosophy that prevention is the best way to end child abuse. The organization provides: counseling for children and families; healing therapy for child victims of abuse and neglect; enrollment of children in low/no-cost health insurance; parent education, training and coaching; and links to many community resources. 

The Gathering Inn is a non-profit organization formed by a group of local ministers determined to provide a safe and warm place for people to go if they lacked housing. The Gathering Inn provides physical, mental and spiritual restoration for homeless men, women and children in south Placer County, helping them overcome the problems that have made them homeless. This group offers homeless people in the community the basic necessities of life, a sense of dignity and a spirit of hope for the future. Gathering Inn provides its guests with social, health and case management services that help them become active participants in the community. 

One of Placer County’s leading non-profit providers of housing and comprehensive support services for the homeless population is the Lazarus Project.  This organization understands that one of the solutions to homelessness is providing a place to live first and then providing the services needed to succeed. Participants are provided information and support to restore and redesign their lives so they can successfully integrate back into their community and live independently.  Those individuals are guided in developing life and job skills, seeking educational opportunities, finding appropriate housing and employment, and establishing a support system as they move forward. 

Providing feedback on the needs of the Latino populations to improve mental health services for Latino children and families is the focus of the Latino Leadership Council. The Council has developed partnerships with other service providers to improve their cultural competence, secure funding to enhance Latino programs and to serve as a resource on the needs of the Latino culture

For more information, visit their website 

The Sierra Native Alliance was formed by Native community members dedicated to preserving Native families, cultures, and environments. The Sierra Native Alliance provides cultural education, family resources and environmental preservation activities in the Sierra Nevada Foothills region. For more information visit their website

With many unhealthy distractions vying for the attention of our youth, the Roseville Police Activities League strives to provide safe and supervised environments for recreational, athletic, social, educational, and cultural activities. They provide a variety of programs that appeal to the different interests of children and young adults, helping to build meaningful relationships between Roseville youth and Police Officers. All Roseville Police Activities League programs and events are low cost, or free, to avoid the exclusion of any child due to family income.

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve you. I always welcome your feedback and can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 916-787-8950.