On January 18, Camellia Basic Elementary School auditorium welcomed local residents to the first “BHC HUB” of 2012. Young and old played games and met spokespersons from newly organized groups designed to serve families in need.

The California Endowment (TCE) local organizer Christine Tien, welcomed the 75 in attendance and shared a few facts explaining the ten year commitment TCE is making in South Sacramento. “We are so glad you are here this evening”, she welcomed. “We are one of fourteen neighborhoods in the State of California designated to receive a total of one million dollars per year for ten years. Together, we will improve the health of our communities”.

The BHC groups represented at the meeting included Connect Center (a service of Sac City Schools), Ubuntu Green (eco and gardening training for youth), Panacea Services (specializing in gang intervention), Legal Services (low/no-cost legal advice), Neighborhood Assn. (start-up neighborhood support group) and Capitol Community Heath Network (health services).

Additionally, Isaac Gonzalez and Ron Cooper were introduced and all participants were encouraged to discuss how their organizations can become part of the Neighborhood News Network. A raffle gave away Kings tickets and “Healthy-E Man” comic books and t-shirts.

Gonzalez explained, “I have so many appointments scheduled. Everyone I talk to is excited to start telling their stories on AccessLocal.tv. Lots of great contacts and the spaghetti sauce was great.” NNB will assist in reporting the success of the BHC organizations on the web site, stories aggregated and distributed to local media.