Coming in 2019!

Mandela Gateway Family Resource Center

Purpose
Lincoln, in partnership with Bridge Housing and affiliated partners, is transforming vacant retail space in West Oakland into a thriving Family Resource Center for the resident community at the Mandela Gateway Apartments. The Mandela Gateway Apartments, property of Bridge Housing, provides affordable and market rate housing with168 residential units located in the historic Seventh Street corridor of West Oakland.

The Family Resource Center
Family Resource Centers (FRC) offer a “place-based” approach to providing services and supports for families in community settings. FRC’s also provide supports that uplift empowerment efforts and improvements in family and neighborhood life. In West Oakland, it is our hope to significantly impact the root causes that contribute to poverty and trauma while working in partnership with community members and key stakeholders.

Participant engagement is the hallmark of a successful Family Resource Center. In 2016, Lincoln facilitated community engagement activities (i.e. community meetings, focus groups, and surveys) with nearly 28% of the resident population at the Mandela Gateway Apartments. Resident meetings and surveys responses from 46 individuals have identified the following priority programs and services:

  • Wellness services and workshops- nutrition and meal planning assistance, fitness, preventative disease education and counseling, parenting classes

  • Emergency assistance navigation services- utilities, rent, food, financial assistance

  • Holistic health services- yoga, meditation, counseling and treatment for stress, depression, anxiety, grief/loss and mental illness

  • Adult continuing education- upgrading technology skills, nutrition, cooking, languages, computer classes, navigating social media, community college information

  • After school programs- supervised activities such as tutoring, performing arts, sports and recreation for youth

  • Academic support for youth- tutoring, college planning, summer school, math/science/writing support programs

  • Resident safety- police block watch programs, fire prevention education, traffic safety, food safety, sanitation

  • Personal financial education and counseling- credit counseling, budget, investment, banking, homeownership, retirement planning

  • Family game night- bingo, card games, trivia

  • Employment training- referrals to vocational and job training programs i.e. training for technology, culinary, automotive, medical

  • Access to technology- computers, printers, fax/scan, copiers, email, social media