Non-Profit Services – VB

In 1982, Mercy Retirement & Care Center residents saw seniors in their neighborhood going hungry. They launched the Brown Bag Program to distribute bags of groceries to hungry seniors in Oakland, CA. Today, 500+ volunteers throughout Alameda County ensure other seniors can remain self-sufficient and independent by providing nutritious food to low-income older adults. Who […]


Dogs can be people’s pets, but they can be working dogs, too. People train dogs for various reasons, such as police dogs, airport screening dogs, and medical detection dogs, to name a few. Early Alert Canines (EAC) is a non-profit specializing in training dogs to work with people with diabetes. Since COVID, they leveraged their […]

COVID Canines


When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it affects them plus their family. It can become overwhelming for everyone. Luckily, there is support for cancer patients and their families. There are many different types of cancers, leading to different kinds of treatment. Everyone has different needs depending on the diagnosis, treatment, and person’s reaction. Fortunately, […]

Support for cancer patients


Have you heard of Make a Wish? A non-profit that grants wishes to children ages 2.5 to 18 with a critical illness. Did you know there are similar non-profits that grant wishes for seniors? There are smaller non-profits and national non-profits to help grant wishes. STAGES is here to explore a few senior wish non-profits. […]

Wishes for Seniors


Mobility Matters is a non-profit that gives escorted rides to seniors and veterans living in their homes. In order to qualify for this service, individuals must be seniors or Veterans who reside within Contra Costa County. In addition, Mobility Matters welcomes qualified individuals with trained and certified service animals. Languages spoken  English Mobility Matters Company […]

Mobility Matters

Ability Tools is a great resource for older adults or anyone with a disability in California. The program includes: How is Ability Tools a medical resource? Older adults and people with disabilities often need medical equipment or supplies. Ability Tools works with the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition, aka Reuse Programs. These programs are non-profits […]

Ability Tools



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