Spectrum Community Services

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Spectrum Community Services enhances the quality of life for older adults and residents experiencing low income in Alameda County.

Created by Sotera Brown in September of 1971 as a volunteer-run organization called Family Tutorial Services. This small organization started when a group of volunteers working with Head Start in Hayward saw a need for family-wide services, beyond what Head Start was offering to low-income children. The Family Tutorial Services reached out to the neglected, Spanish-speaking enclaves of Hayward, helping them connect to the rest of the community by offering them English Language tutorials – a stopgap method to teach English to busy, low-income adults.

The Family Tutorial Services expanded its programs into areas where they saw a need arising where other organizations could not meet it. Our Low-Income Weatherization and Senior Nutrition Programs launched in the late 1970s to offer the help the Older Americans Act and US Health and Human Services knew were important to people across the country.

The organization changed its name to Spectrum Community Services in 1986 to reflect its expanding services, and we have stayed true to our 50 year-long mission to help the most vulnerable populations in Alameda County. Our long history of family supportive services and community work has advanced our mission of promoting our clients’ financial sustainability and improving the overall quality of their lives.

FY2022-23 Impact in Alameda County Senior Meals 1,874 Seniors Served 86,929 Meals Served Median age of clients:: 73 Meals on Wheels 518 Seniors Served 69,271 Meals Delivered Median age of clients: 81 Fall Prevention 247 Seniors 38 Classes 8,682 Contacts
prepares and delivers four (4) meals each for a couple like Charlie & Audrey. They fell in love at first sight and have been happily married since 1956. They both receive Meals on Wheels delivered to their home in Livermore, CA.
provides seven (7) days of hot & healthy meals for a senior like Carl. Carl is proud to call himself a U.S. Air Force Veteran, ending his active duty in 1975. Since Carl is still active and mobile, he dines in for lunch at his local senior center where he loves to tell jokes and talk with his friends.
funds a week’s worth of Fall Prevention exercise classes for twenty-five (25) seniors expierencing low-income. Help prevent an injury- related fall for a senior like Debbie. Keep seniors out of hospitals & nursing-care facilities, aging in their own home as long as possible.


2022 Budget
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