We understand that unemployment is a complicated process. We are here to help with your job search, networking and to find fulfilling work. However, we are only one piece of the larger puzzle. There are others to help as well. The following list of organizations is not exhaustive, but can be a good starting point. Please contact the individual organizations for more information. For additional help and referrals, call 2-1-1 or visit www.edenir.org. If you are calling from Alameda County and 2-1-1 isn’t working, call 888-886-9660 to be directly connected.
Within Contra Costa County, visit the cccc.bowmansystems.com or call 800-830-5380.
Employment Issues & Support
Unemployment Insurance/California Employment Development Dept. (7677 Oakport St., Oakland. (800) 300-5616 or (510) 670-5700, www.edd.ca.gov): Provides cash assistance for eligible workers who are unemployed or underemployed.
Workers Compensation/California Dept. of Industrial Relations (1515 Clay St., 6th Floor, Oakland. (800) 736-7401, (510) 622-2866, www.dir.ca.gov): Provides cash benefits for workers when their injury or illness is caused by their work.
Veteran Employment Services/California Employment Development Dept. (Onsite weekly in this office & 24100 Amador St. 3rd Fl, Hayward. (510) 794-3892—call for an appointment, www.edd.ca.gov): Assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities.
Castro Valley Adult School (4460 Alma Ave., Castro Valley. (510) 886-1000, www.cvadult.org): Offers a variety of educational and enrichment opportunities including ESL, high school diploma & GED prep, medical academy and other career enhancements.
JobLinks Support Group, Dublin (St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Avenue, Dublin. (925) 828-2460, www.st-raymond-dublin.org/joblink): A 20-year old, faith-based community formed to assist each other to find meaningful work.
Employment Connections, Pleasanton (St. Elizabeth Church: 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. (925) 462-8579): Supports and encourages job seekers by providing a no-cost referral networking program.
Experience Unlimited (39155 Liberty St., Suite B-200, Fremont. (510) 794-3681, or 4071 Port Chicago Hwy, #250 Concord. (925) 602-0166, www.euccc.org): Offers a variety of workshops on job search techniques, résumé writing, and interviewing techniques. Numerous networking activities. Most EU members have a professional working background.
Lao Family Community Development, Inc. (LFCD) (2325 East 12th St., Oakland. (510) 533-8850, www.lfcd.org): Assists diverse refugee, immigrant, limited English, and low-income community members in achieving long-term financial and social self-sufficiency.
The English Center (66 Franklin St. #220, Oakland. (510) 836-6700, www.englishcenter.edu): Serves immigrants, international students and professionals improving communication skills to find better jobs, attend college and improve their professional options.
Wardrobe for Opportunity (570 14th St., Suite 5, Oakland. (510) 463-4100, www.wardrobe.org): Empowers low-income individuals with acquiring professional clothing, interview skills and the career support needed to become economically self-sufficient. Must have a referral form our office for services.
Disability Issues & Support
California Dept. of Rehabilitation (Onsite weekly in this office or 39155 Liberty St. Suite F630, Fremont. (510) 794-2458, TTY: (510) 797-2493 or 1515 Clay St. Suite 119, Oakland. (510) 622-2764, TTY (510) 622-2796, www.dor.ca.gov): Provides employment and independent living resources for people with disabilities. Counselors can help individuals fulfill career goals.
California State Disability Insurance (SDI) (7677 Oakport St., Oakland. (800) 480-3287, www.edd.ca.gov): Provides a short-term, partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers with injuries or illness not related to the job. Workers covered by SDI are covered by two benefits: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (800-772-1213, www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi): Federal program providing monthly benefits for long-term disabilities before retirement age.
Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 371-1531, www.cril-online.org): Provides resources for people with disabilities to improve the quality of life and make communities fully accessible.
East Bay Innovations (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (510) 618-1580, www.eastbayinnovations.com): Arranges and provides personalized support to enable individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes and work in a real job.
Alameda County Social Services (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 455-0747, www.alamedasocialservices.org): Provides economic support for individuals and families. Application and ongoing support services available. Programs include: CalWorks, General Assistance, SNAP/ Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, utility and weatherization assistance.
SparkPoint (39155 Liberty Street, Suite A110, Fremont. (510) 574-2020, http://sparkpointcenters.org): Financial education centers that help individuals and families address immediate financial crises, get back on their feet, and build financially secure futures. Programs including managing credit, increasing income, and building savings and assets.
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (During tax season, in this office and around the Bay Area, (925) 560-9431 or 2-1-1, www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org): A coalition of Bay Area organizations that provide free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income households.
Consumer Credit Counseling of the East Bay/Money Management International (Online or 7677 Oakport St., Ste. 1130, Oakland, or 3100 Mowry Ave. Ste. 403-A, Fremont. 866.889.9347, www.cccsebay.org): Provides credit and budget counseling, housing counseling and debt repayment plans. Counseling is face-to-face, online or via telephone.
Health and Mental Health Assistance
Axis Community Health (Medical Clinics: 4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, or 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Behavior Health Clinics: 6666 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, or 446 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore. (925) 462-1755, www.axishealth.org): Provides medical care, mental health counseling, and addiction counseling services for everyone in the community.
Tri-Valley Haven (3663 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Main Office/Counseling: (925) 449-5845, Crisis Support: (925) 449-5842, or (800)884-8119, Food Pantry: (925) 449-1664, www.trivalleyhaven.org): Resources serving adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.
Bay Area Community Services (3900 Valley Ave., Pleasanton. (925) 484-8457, www.bayareacs.org): Provides clients with mental illness help manage their symptoms, locate affordable housing, and develop independent living skills.
Live Healthy/Cultura y Bienestar (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 273-4220, www.culturaybienestar.org): Latino-focused mental health prevention & early intervention programs providing outreach, education and consultation to the Latino community.
Tri-City Health Center – Valley AIDS Project (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 606-1451, http://www.tri-cityhealth.org/services/hiv~aids_program.php): Provides confidential services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Legal Issues and Advice
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (180 Montgomery St., Suite 600, San Francisco. (415) 864-8848, TTY: (415) 593-0091, http://las-elc.org): Programs and projects designed to protect the right of low-income employees to work in a safe, respectful environment that is free from discrimination and in compliance with the law.
Bay Area Legal Aid (1735 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (800) 551-5554, (510) 663-4744, Legal Assistance Line: (510) 250-5270, www.baylegal.org): Provides low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation.
California Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing (39141 Civic Center Dr., Suite 250, Fremont. (800) 884-1684, TTY: (800) 700-2320, www.dfeh.ca.gov or www.eeoc.gov): Protects the people of California from employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination and hate violence.
Bay Area Community Law Center (2921 Adeline St., Berkeley. (510) 548-4040, www.ebclc.org): Provides free legal services to eligible East Bay clients. Services fall into broad program areas of Housing, Health & Welfare, Immigration, Economic Security & Opportunity (including low-income and those with criminal records) and Education Defense and Justice for Youth.
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) (22941 Atherton St., Hayward. (510) 538-8876, www.haca.net): Operates a number of housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide low-cost rental housing or rental assistance for low-income families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and others, in much of Alameda County.
ECHO Housing (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 449-7340, www.echofairhousing.org): Provides comprehensive housing services including counseling, rental and mortgage assistance programs.
Abode Services (3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (925) 373-5313, www.abodeservices.org): Reaches out to persons experiencing homelessness at encampments and other field sites to provide intensive, individual case management.