Sun Street Centers
Mission: Preventing alcohol and drug addiction by offering education, prevention, treatment and recovery to individuals and families regardless of income level. We inspire our client and our community to value an alcohol-free and drug-free life.
Background: Since 1968, Sun Street Centers has been providing the most comprehensive and effective services for education, prevention and recovery of alcohol addiction and drug abuse. Relying on a proven social model developed by our founders, Martin and Nancy Dodd, as well as the compassion and experience of our staff, we welcome all individuals and families to hope, heal, share and thrive with a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle. Sun Street Centers offers a full spectrum of addiction services: three prevention teams covering Monterey County, a men’s residential program in Salinas, two family recovery centers (Pueblo del Mar and 7 & 9 Suns), two new sober living environments in Hollister, a women’s residential substance abuse treatment facility in Hollister, and in 2018 all new programs in King City. At the Hollister women’s residential substance abuse treatment program, women are able to stay for up to 90 days. They are provided supportive trauma-informed care, relapse prevention activities, health and wellness programs, and TCU motivation for change at this board-certified and registered program.
Needs this semester: Women in the residential substance abuse program can use support in various areas such as communication skills (i.e. listening, boundary setting, “I” statements, problem-solving, etc.), job related preparation (i.e. resume writing, interviewing, dress/makeup/hair, etc.), a variety of life skills (i.e. cooking, parenting and child development, self-care, fitness, exercise, etc.). Students are needed for service during on the following days/times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am-noon; 1:15pm-4pm and Fridays from 1-4pm.
Who should apply: Students who wish to engage with their local community through sharing experiences and skills. Sun Street Centers would welcome students who can come once or twice a week to work with residents on the above topics. Students should be open, mindful, and should neither be timid or aggressive. The primary need is for women to work with female clients. Men seeking placement may have an opportunity to be placed at a site in Hollister or Salinas, however this option should be discussed with your instructor well in advance.
Familiarity with Twelve Step programs a plus. Students should expect to dress in business casual, not casual, clothing. This means no backs, bellies, breasts, or butts visible, no flip flops, nothing sexy, nothing that could be seen as gang-affiliated No clothing with logos for drugs or alcohol can be allowed, so leave the beer or marijuana t-shirts at home.
Students should be responsible and reliable, and be conscientious in respecting residents' confidentiality! Please note that because of the sensitive nature of this placement, instructor recommendation is needed for students to be accepted; this is based on homework completion, and commitment to the class as demonstrated by attendance and make-ups of any absences.
Who should not apply: Students currently experiencing drug or alcohol issues, including medical marijuana use or and/or opiod use or addiction. Students who cannot maintain a regular schedule with clients. Livescan is required; students who have domestic violence, other violent or sexual crimes should not apply as they would not be accepted; other criminal background information will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Additional information: See website at http://sunstreetcenters.org People working at this nonprofit are very busy providing services. Please don't respect their time and communicate in advance any late arrivals or absences. Note that all over-the-counter medications students bring to the site should be left in the student's car. Please be in communication with your supervisor about any questions or concerns you have. Orientation is mandatory and will be held at 335 Sixth Street, Hollister (right behind Mars Hill.) Check orientation days/times with your instructor. Interested students should contact Ms. Edwards below for information.
Address: 346 Sixth Street, Hollister
Contact: Melissa Edwards