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COVID-19 Resources

Programs and services designed to help those affected by COVID‑19

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Michael Gomez, UP! High School Program Supervisor

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Interview with Michael Gomez, Canal Alliance UP! High school Program Supervisor

Posted: June 30, 2020

As we celebrate the graduation of our UP! College and High school graduates, we sat down with Michael Gomez to talk about what it means for him to see his students graduate and go off to college.

Attendee and volunteer at food pantry

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Canal Alliance food pantry provides food to a record 500 families each week

Posted: June 30, 2020

We are seeing first-hand at Canal Alliance that the coronavirus pandemic and shelter in place order has drastically decreased immigrant families’ earnings. Many residents of the Canal are not only in danger of going hungry, but are also experiencing deep anxiety about how they will feed themselves and their families. The need for food among Canal residents is reflected in the huge spike we’ve seen in attendance at our food pantry.

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San Rafael Educators Donate Stimulus Money to Support Immigrant Families

Posted: June 30, 2020

Canal Alliance is grateful to the San Rafael Teachers Association (SRTA), who, inspired by other school districts in the area, are encouraging the San Rafael City Schools community to donate a portion of their stimulus checks to local immigrant families. The SRTA chose to launch this campaign because they recognize that immigrant families in their district face particularly difficult circumstances in the wake of COVID-19 and the shelter in place order.

Air Gallegos, Director of Education at Canal Alliance

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Air Gallegos, Director of Education & Career, talks about supporting UP! students to access online learning

Posted: June 30, 2020

Air has been leading our Education and Career programs since January. As we celebrate the graduation of seven UP! seniors all bound for college, we sat down to talk about Canal Alliance’s youth education program in the time of COVID.

Lupita Magaña, Social Services Coordinator

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Lupita Magaña nominated for the 2020 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Award

Posted: June 4, 2020

We are honored to Lupita nominated for the 2020 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Award share that Lupita Magaña, Case Manager at Canal Alliance, was nominated in April for the 2020 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Award.

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Canal Alliance serves as a critical bridge of communication to the Latino immigrant community

Posted: June 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified long-standing inequities caused by language barriers, underscoring challenges that non-English speakers face accessing critical information during public health emergencies.

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Child Abuse Prevention and Foster Care Awareness

Posted: June 4, 2020

Like many of the crucial services that Canal Alliance provides, child abuse and neglect prevention is a key aspect of our work with clients. As part of our mission to help Latino immigrants and their families break the generational cycle of poverty, we see first-hand how this issue can undermine the well-being of Latino families.

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Q & A with Marin County Children and Family Services

Posted: June 4, 2020

To learn more about Marin County Children and Family Services (CFS) programs, we talked to Adrian Hernandez, Child Welfare Worker II-Bilingual, Leslie Fields, Recruitment & Support Specialist and Paul Booth, Resource Family Approval Manager.

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Latino business owner in Canal neighborhood receives grant

Posted: June 4, 2020

Thanks to Omar’s persistent advocacy for Latino business in the Canal, business owners like Enrique received a grant through the Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund launched by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce (SRCC).

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Take a stand against racism and injustice

Posted: June 3, 2020

Canal Alliance stands in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters to demand an end to the systemic racism and oppression that they face every day in this country.

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