Chamberlain's Children's Center
Mission: Chamberlain's Children Center empowers at-risk children in a home-like environment to heal from past trauma, discover their strengths, and develop the skills they need to achieve life-long success.
- Residential Treatment is provided in four cottages that house up to six children each, ranging in ages 6-17 years. The Division of Community Care Licensing of the State Department of Social Services licenses each cottage.
- Special Education/Non Public School on campus is provided in a one-room classroom with a maximum of twelve students grades 1-8. Certified by the State Department of Education. (No students needed this semester)
Needs/Projects this semester:
Cottages: Assist with interactions with the children. Service hours are available 3-7pm weekdays and 8am-8pm weekends. Students may help with homework, reading, activities, arts and crafts, meal prep, play games with children in groups of up to six, assist with field trips and more.
Health, Wellness & Fitness Center: We are looking for students to initiate a weekly gardening classes to grow fruits and vegetables in the raised garden beds, conduct weekly exercise classes such as basketball, Zumba or volleyball, teach cooking or baking programs in the Learning Kitchen, teach music, voice and/or dance lessons and provide arts and crafts activities.
Apply here if you can commit to at least three hours a day, once or twice a week. Four hours once a week is fine. Reminder: Students may serve during the hours of 3-7 M-F and 8am-7pm S/S. Try for consistency in your schedule i.e. every Friday afternoon from 4-7pm or Saturdays noon-5pm.
Don't apply here if you can't be consistent. The children need consistency and they will start looking forward to your visits. If you miss too many visits, they will take it personally. Please don't apply if you are a wallflower or skittish as sometimes these kids act out verbally and occasionally physically. While you are not to participate in interventions, you will see and hear things that might rattle you.
Two ORIENTATION sessions (MUST attend one): Tuesday Sept. 18 from 3-4 p.m. OR Wednesday, September 19 from 4-5 p.m. Orientations take an hour and include a tour of Chamberlain’s, review of required paperwork and discussion on what to expect and how to be best prepared to serve the Chamberlain children. Students must RSVP to Denise Cauthen-Wright at email@example.com or call 831.636.2121 x129, who will conduct the orientations. Attending one orientation is MANDATORY.
REQUIRED: Proof of Negative TB Results and LIVESCAN (fingerprinting) clearance. Contact your doctor or visit a local clinic for the TB test. At orientation you will be provided with the information and paperwork on making the LIVESCAN appointment at San Benito County Office of Education in downtown Hollister ($52 fee should be covered by students if possible, or they can discuss with their professors support for covering this cost.)_
For more information about Chamberlain’s visit www.chamberlaincc.org and Chamberlain’s Children Center’s Facebook page. Please contact Denise about any questions or concerns you may have.
Address: 1850 San Benito Street, Hollister CA 95023. Located near San Benito High School football field, south of downtown Hollister.
Contact information: Denise Cauthen-Wright, Fund Development and Donor Engagement Manager. firstname.lastname@example.org or 831 636-2121x129. Denise works Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.