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Are You STEM-Aware?

On Thursday, April 27, more than 200 students from high schools in Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond took part in the 6th Annual East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day in West Berkeley. Industry, academia, nonprofits like CESC, and local government joined forces to connect with young people from underserved communities and encourage them to pursue a major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). According to the Institute for STEM Education, “There is strong data to suggest that the opportunity to meet professionals and learn about careers and employment in actual workplaces can be highly motivational and transformative.” In this year’s one-day program, students learned about the demand for STEM careers and a diverse workforce.

Just how many jobs are there in the energy efficiency field? The New York Times recently reported that there are more jobs in the solar power industry than in the coal industry. But according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) blog, the energy efficiency industry employs more people than solar and coal combined. The organization estimates over two million jobs in energy efficiency. CESC is just one example of an organization that offers jobs in that field.

The theme of this year’s STEM Awareness Day program was “What problem(s) are you trying to solve?” This question provided a lens through which to think about future careers and to speak to professionals. Each student visited two work sites in West Berkeley. Tours at 17 companies, including CESC, provided hands-on science and innovation activities.

At CESC, Construction Manager Gregory Clark spoke to 16 visiting students about the organization’s energy efficiency work. Using the day’s theme, Clark presented one of the problems that CESC tries to solve: duct leaks in residences:

Forced air furnaces pull air from the home, heat it, and push it back into the home. It’s a balanced system….if it pulls 100 cubic feet per minute (CFM), and puts back 100 CFM. If the system pulls 100 cubic feet per minute (CFM) from the house, and pushes 90 CFM back (with a leak of 10 CFM), that depressurizes the dwelling. If the pressure outside a building is greater than inside, any leaks in the building envelope become active. Often the air quality from these leaks is not the best, coming from the crawl space or attic for example. The utility customer is also paying to heat the neighborhood.

By going into the home and fixing things like duct leaks, CESC is able to make a residence  healthier, safer, and more energy efficient. Clark pointed out that the larger problem is socioeconomic; through its residential energy efficiency program, CESC, a nonprofit with a mission, is trying to improve the conditions in which low-income people live.

“What surprised me was the amount of people that really took the time to show me new things.”
– Kasandra, Dewey Academy

“I learned that the Bay Area is the place to be to work in Biotech fields.”
Sebastien, Berkeley High School

“I learned that there are many opportunities out there for me.”
Maria, Richmond High School

(quotations reprinted with permission of the Institute for STEM Education.)

Another aspect of STEM Awareness Day was a lunch conversation. Local professionals shared lunch, conversation, and advice with high school students. ​The lunch included a career mapping exercise.

SmartLights Program Administrator Tyi Johnson maps out her career path starting from her original goals in high school to her current position with four students.

What problem is CESC solving?

CESC provides living-wage jobs to help more people live and work in healthy, safe and energy-efficient buildings. If you are interested in supporting CESC’s workforce development programs or home repair programs or just learning more about CESC, contact us today!

Energize Richmond!

“This program has been great; we have new bright lights and better motors in the cooler—all for free!”

-Anees Ali,  U.S. Liquor and Market

Twenty-third Street in Richmond holds many great restaurants and small businesses serving the predominantly Spanish-speaking community surrounding it. The Street’s Merchant’s Association is renowned for its annual Cinco de Mayo event each year, to be celebrated this year on Sunday, May 7.

The neighborhood is struggling, though, and needs all the support it can get. CESC is getting involved through a new campaign to help Richmond merchants save energy.

Energize Richmond is taking advantage of the small commercial program East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW), funded through PG&E and MCE, which helps businesses install new upgraded lighting and refrigeration equipment to become more energy efficient and reduce utility costs. The City of Richmond is supporting EBEW to increase small business participation by covering merchants’ costs through a City of Richmond grant from the Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA). Because of all the small businesses there, the East Bay Energy Watch and our partner contractors have been spending a lot of time on 23rd Street!

Through Energize Richmond, U.S. Liquor and Market has received new motors and controls for its refrigeration system and new LED lighting inside and out, improving the look of the store and brightening the exterior walkway for safety. More than 100 businesses will eventually participate, with 50 projects already under way. EBEW is distributing the funds on a first-come, first-served basis until the grant funds are distributed.

A nonprofit organization, CESC has delivered energy, environmental and home repair services to Bay Area residents since 1986. Funding from MCE and from EBEW, our commercial energy efficiency program, cover the administrative, marketing, and technical assistance for the campaign, with some rebates to help cover the project costs. The City of Richmond then helps by covering the small gap costs not covered by the rebates.

These energy-efficiency projects are now available at no cost to Richmond businesses! Through this great partnership, the smallest, most vulnerable business can now participate. Businesses can take control of their energy use, improve lighting for public safety, and become sustainable. CESC has been marketing this program through influential business groups like the Richmond Main Street Initiative.

“The Energize Richmond Campaign is a great resource for our businesses to improve their facilities and save money. We are happy to partner with CESC to publicize this great opportunity for Richmond Main Street property owners and businesses.”

—Amanda Elliott, Executive Director, Richmond Main Street Initiative

Do you know a business in Richmond that could benefit from a free energy assessment? Call EBEW today! 

What Are You Doing This Earth Day?

By Janet Stephens

It’s that time of year again—the time to be reminded, as individuals and as a community, to work to protect our fragile environment. Earth Day 2017 is coming soon, on Saturday, April 22, to be precise.

As someone who works with nonprofit organizations that benefit the environment (like CESC), I get to think about this topic all year long. Yet on Earth Day, almost everybody joins in, and it’s wonderful to feel the power of community when it turns its focus on this cause.

Although I thought I knew a bit about the history of Earth Day, the details of its creation are actually rather surprising. Here’s a short version summarized from the Earth Day website.

A U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create Earth Day after seeing the devastation caused by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara. The anti-war movement had made it clear that organized energy could achieve great things, so with a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, Pete McCloskey, Gaylord announced a national “teach-in” on the environment and put together a staff of 85 to organize the event. On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests, and groups that had been fighting for specific environmental issues realized the values they had in common. Earth Day 1970 even brought Republicans and Democrats together. By the end of that year, “the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. ‘It was a gamble,’ Gaylord recalled, ‘but it worked.’”

In this year, which may see the gutting of the EPA and a complete denial of climate science by the administration, the message of Earth Day has a particular urgency. I am especially intrigued by the March for Science. On Earth Day, thousands will march on the The National Mall in Washington, DC and 425+ satellite marches around the world, to advocate for evidence-based policy-making, science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible science. There’s a local one in Hayward, one in San Francisco, and one in Berkeley.

Don’t feel like marching? There are fairs, volunteer opportunities, and other participatory activities around the Bay, with some being organized by some of CESC’s partners:

Fremont Let’s Go Green Together (April 22).  Meet with eco-friendly experts and learn new ways to go green!

The Ecology Center’s East Bay Climate Action Expo and Film Screening on (April 21).

Oakland’s Earth Day (April 22) provides volunteer opportunities. “Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join cleanup and restoration projects at creeks, parks, and neighborhood sites throughout Oakland. All tools are provided.”

* City of Alameda’s Love Our Green Island (April 22) includes volunteer opportunities along with games and exhibits.

My Earth Day Marin (April 14 to April 26) provides volunteer opportunities. One interesting opportunity is called “Clean the Canal on a Paddle Board.”

CESC promoting energy efficiency at a 2016 Earth Day event.

Still haven’t found the right one? See a list of more Bay Area events. Whatever you end up doing for Earth Day, think about saving energy on that day (and every day): take public transit, ride a bicycle, or turn off all the lights in your house when you leave. Or turn your focus to energy efficiency: switching out a single 75-watt bulb for an LED of equal brightness could keep up to 275 lbs. of carbon dioxide out of the air over the course of a year.  If you are a PG&E customer you should be receiving your California Climate Credit in your next bill. This twice-yearly refund is perfect timing for investing in LEDs for Earth Day!  


Find your Perfect (Nonprofit) Match!

By Martin Bond, CESC Executive Director

Are you looking to get more involved in your community? Want to share your time, expertise and energy in a meaningful way? CESC needs your help!

CESC is looking for a few dedicated board members to help lead the direction of the agency. To reach out to a diverse group of candidates, CESC has partnered with The Volunteer Center to attend Board Match— a popular Bay Area event for over 12 years, and now also held in New York City, Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. The Board Match is a big job fair, featuring more than 150 nonprofits whose leadership will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their organizations’ boards of directors. CESC staff and board members will be mingling with prospective board candidates to find people who are willing to step up to support CESC’s staff and increase our impact in our community.  

Who is CESC looking for? Someone who shares our mission and values! CESC is dedicated to building sustainable communities in the greater Bay Area through innovative energy and building improvement programs.

Whether you are interested in joining CESC’s board or want to learn about other outstanding local nonprofit board opportunities, Board Match is a great place to explore options. Do you have a passion for kids, animals, or the environment? Do you want to impact the local art scene, or provide your expertise to a grassroots organization? Attend this event to find out what skills and expertise these nonprofits need right now to enhance their boards and how you can contribute to your community.

Join hundreds of Bay Area professionals as they explore serving on a nonprofit board of directors at Board Match San Francisco, April 6, 2017, 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Hilton San Francisco, Union Square.  

Register now! I look forward to seeing you there.

Hello! I’m Your Energy Manager

By Michael Denevan, Program Manager, Your Energy Manager
Senior Project Manager, SmartLights

If you’re someone who pays the utility bills at home, you may have learned to take simple measures (like turning the heat down or weatherstripping doors) to reduce your energy consumption. Many large commercial facilities have a full-time Energy Manager to oversee the building’s energy and HVAC systems. But what about smaller businesses who can’t afford to pay someone to take care of their energy system?

Beginning this month, CESC’s Your Energy Manager program can help small- and medium-sized businesses get a handle on the amount of energy they are using—and the amount they are paying for utilities.

To qualify, businesses must have an energy demand of less than 200 kilowatts of electricity, which is significant but not huge. As a comparison, most homes have a demand of about 4-6 kilowatts of electricity, and a small restaurant might need 10-15 kilowatts. After a successful pilot project that ended in August of last year, we’re relaunching the program now.

Our First Customer

We’re starting with a small business of a type that may be familiar to a lot of you–a motel. This El Cerrito-based business uses a fair amount of energy to light, heat, and cool motel rooms. After analyzing their current energy usage for lighting, we installed over 400 new energy-efficient bulbs, LED A-19 lamps for their rooms and exterior walkways. This single switch could save them 11,169 kwH per year. 

After examining usage for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), we also installed new wireless thermostats and controls for 30 PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) units. PTAC units are the all-in-one small heating and air conditioning units that you see under the window in motels and hotels. We installed occupancy/sleep sensor controls; these sophisticated controls work slightly differently from simple motion sensors. They sense when the room is occupied, even if the occupants are sleeping. These devices allow the PTAC units to turn off automatically when the room is not occupied, saving motels a lot of energy.


YEM provides a comprehensive solution for businesses that can go beyond rebates; it might include HVAC improvements and analysis of larger systems. For example, if we see that a business’s compressor is inefficient and needs a tune-up, but there’s not a rebate available for a new one, the program can still recommend maintenance or replacement and can project  the energy savings. YEM is a smart complement to CESC’s program SmartLights, which focuses on energy savings that can be achieved through measures that qualify for a rebate, typically lighting.

For YEM projects, CESC provides free auditing and consultation. The customer pays for parts and installation minus the rebate, which in some cases covers the entire cost. In those cases, CESC will enlist the SmartLights program to act as a project manager and provide quality assurance.

My Favorite Part of the Job

My favorite part of the job is interacting with customers, especially after the work has been done. I like seeing how the work has improved the business’s lighting and space, and of course I like the energy savings. At the beginning of the project, we give the client a rather abstract picture of what will happen: “This is what you will likely experience.” The actual results, which are so tangible, are very satisfying.

Saving Energy in Surprising Places

Something many small businesses can benefit from is maintenance of their rooftop air handling units. These units, as you might expect from their name, control the air that goes into and comes out of the building. Typically, the temperature of exhaust is closer to the desired temperature than the new air being pulled in (which is either too hot or too cold). A device on the unit called an economizer can help the system save energy by recirculating some of the ventilated air while maintaining enough fresh air for health needs. Yet on most systems the economizer breaks after just a few years, and the building occupants are not aware of this malfunction and the energy that is being wasted.

Through YEM, we can replace these economizers and install more advanced controls. It’s a chance to fix and enhance the system for a low cost, or sometimes no cost at all, if the measures qualify for rebates.

Do you know a business that might benefit from an analysis of their energy usage? Contact CESC’s Your Energy Manager program.


The Hidden Hazard in the Home for Seniors

By Janet Stephens

The prospect of an older relative taking a serious fall can be a legitimate cause for worry. The CDC reports that each year, more than one out of four seniors falls (more than one in three, according to the National Institute on Aging), and one out of five falls causes a serious injury. More likely to fall than younger adults, seniors also have a more difficult time recovering from falls. Indeed, hip fractures set the stage for a whole host of activities detrimental to the senior’s health. It’s best to stay securely on one’s feet, and walk into the doctor’s office for regular check-ups!

Prevention is the best medicine: reduce fall hazards ahead of time.

What are possible causes of trips? According to the National Institute on Aging, common fall hazards include:

* a slick floor
* a poorly lit stairway
* loose rugs
* clutter on the floor or stairs
* carrying heavy or bulky things up or down stairs
* lack of stair railings
* lack of grab bars in the bathroom

Some of this information cuts close to home. My own mother fell in her home, ended up in the hospital, then moved to nursing facilities–and she never returned to her own home. The fall exacerbated her poor health and accelerated her death.

Until recently, my dad lived in a well-designed retirement home in Seattle, where it is evident that they’ve thought about all of these hazards. The floors are carpeted, everything is well lit, the common areas are uncluttered, there are well-situated elevators, the stairs all have sturdy railings, and there are grab bars and pull-cord alarms in every resident’s bathroom. Yet about one month ago, my dad took a fall in his apartment, hit his head, and ended up on the floor. Confusion meant that he didn’t pull the cord alarm, but instead walked down to the front desk. Now he’s in a skilled nursing facility trying to recover.

So I do wonder about those seniors who lack resources and don’t have family nearby to help them. Luckily, there’s CESC’s Home Repair Program, available to qualifying residents of Berkeley, unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County, and Oakland. It’s like having a handy son-in-law nearby—one with a day job in construction!

The CESC team begins by inspecting the home for safety. The team looks at the exterior, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and common living areas. In every area, the team is thinking about many different kinds of hazards, but especially about fall hazards. According to Gregory Clark, CESC’s Construction Services Manager, “Delayed maintenance and improper installation are the main culprits I’ve personally seen. Ragged carpet on stairs, hand railing mounts secured to nothing more than plaster or Sheetrock, bad lighting—the list is endless.”  

* Exterior
Is there a walkway, stair, or ramp? If so, are the steps in good condition, and are the risers even? Are there sturdy hand railings? Is there lighting for the stairs?

* Kitchen
Is the floor surface even and in good repair?

* Bathroom
Is the floor in good repair, and are any rugs adhered securely to the floor? Is there a grab bar in the shower? How about a non-skid surface?

* Bedroom
Is there adequate floor space for mobility, and is the floor space clear of hazards? Is the lighting from the bedroom to the bathroom adequate?

* Common living areas
Are there accumulated belongings blocking throughways? Do electrical cords pose a trip risk? Are interior stairs level, not slippery, and in good condition?

After CESC provides repairs, clients typically describe a sense of relief and of empowerment at the improved state of their homes. These repairs and education mean a greater sense of well-being that living in a safe and well-maintained home can provide. Here is what some clients from the Home Repair Program have to say:

“It feels good to know that you checked out all of my functions and brought me up to health and safety regulations. I just feel safer!”

“You made such a big difference on the comfort and safety that I feel now.”

“[CESC] put in something for us to hold onto as we go down the steps because we are slowly losing our balance. Because it’s easy to fall down at our age, we gotta be very careful. . . .I am hoping and praying that they continue to have this program. . . I recommend anyone that’s low-income to this service, because it’s very helpful.”  

Could you or someone you know benefit from this program? Contact CESC, or help us spread the word by sharing this blog.



East Bay Energy Watch 2017


Hitting the Ground Running

On Tuesday, February 28th, the new East Bay Energy Watch program launched, a partnership between CESC and DNV GL to offer businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties opportunities to install energy efficiency upgrades while receiving technical assistance, project management and rebates.

DNV GL offices were packed with electrical contractors as well as PG&E, MCE Clean Energy, local government and program staff at the contractor training; they met to discuss best practices for the New Year. Although the program launched only recently, it already has many customers who have received lighting upgrades to LEDs, and many more installation projects in the pipeline.


History of Success

Previously, East Bay Energy Watch was the name for one of 21 local government partnerships between PG&E, local municipalities, and energy efficiency programs. EBEW programs and services are funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The East Bay partnership was the first in California, beginning with PG&E’s partnership with first just the City of Oakland before expanding to all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  

CESC’s SmartLights program began work in Berkeley in 1998, expanding to neighboring cities in 2000. DNV GL’s BEST program began work in Oakland in 2002. In 2004 with funding from PG&E, SmartLights and BEST began offering services to small businesses in all of Alameda and Contra Costa County. The programs each had their own geographic territory, which reduced direct competition and allowed a complementary relationship to develop over the years.

SmartLights and BEST are based on different program models. SmartLights has energy assessors who provide turn-key services and start-to-finish support for small businesses. BEST works primarily with electrical contractors, providing them with the resources they need to market energy efficiency retrofits and deliver large energy savings. Yet both models have been highly successful – together SmartLights and BEST have saved local businesses more than 200,000 megawatt hours over the last 15 years in the East Bay!



For 2017, BEST and SmartLights programs are bringing their strengths together to form a single program, East Bay Energy Watch. For local businesses and contractors this collaboration will mean:  

 * One program offering throughout Alameda and Contra Costa County
* Streamlined and simplified paperwork for projects
* The ability to work with both DNV GL engineers and SmartLights energy assessors 
* Fast processing of rebates

Providing rebates and technical assistance for lighting retrofits, commercial refrigeration motors and controls, as well as heating, ventilation and air condition controls, EBEW is the new one-stop shop for businesses to take control of their energy use, reduce their costs, and improve operations.

Do you know a business that could use help with a lighting or motor upgrade, or is interested in learning about how they can be more energy efficient?

Contact EBEW today!  
(800) 576-6405
East Bay Energy Watch

Verde Elementary School Sees the Light

Energy Conservation Program Manager Julio Arroyo is always looking for ways to save energy for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. When Julio found an opportunity to implement a major lighting retrofit at Verde Elementary School with the help of the SmartLights Program, he knew taking the opportunity was the right decision.

Verde Elementary is a K-6 school in North Richmond situated on 8 acres of land, with an enrollment of about 320 students. On the school’s website, Principal Eric Acosta-Verprauskus describes the environment as “a collaborative network of thinkers focused on high achievement and embracing the whole child so that students grow academically and socially in a safe and positive environment to become college graduates, leaders, and lifelong learners.” CESC has collaborated in the past with Verde Elementary via the Family Sustainability Project. The school has been a destination of the Prescott-Joseph Center’s Breathmobile ®, which refers clients to our Healthy Homes Program.

Next it was time for CESC to help improve the school’s energy efficiency. The SmartLights Program performed a lighting assessment for the school and put together a detailed report outlining the projected cost, rebate and energy savings of the project, as well as the recommended lighting replacement measures. Contractors then came in and installed the lights to specifications, with the school receiving an up-front rebate to reduce the cost. Now, the school has replaced its fluorescent lights with new, energy-efficient lighting in its gym, classrooms, and library. The exterior and parking lot lighting was also replaced, a change which Julio explained “adds an element of safety for our maintenance staff that we didn’t have before.”

Julio Arroyo showing off new library lighting at Verde Elementary School

When you tour the newly lit school grounds, the impact of the bright, uniform lighting is immediately clear. Julio was particularly pleased with the new look of the library, which the lights show off to great effect.


Julio appreciated the instant rebates that SmartLights offered, which “allowed us to put more energy efficiency measures into place.” Thanks to the new, efficient lighting system, the school will now save an estimated $13,766 per year on its energy costs, a win for the district and a win for students.

Do you know of a school or business that could benefit from an energy upgrade? Contact SmartLights now!

The Power of Relentless Optimism

By Martin Bond, CESC Executive Director

On January 20, 2017, President Donald J. Trump took office, while activists here in California organized protests and marches against his administration in which huge crowds participated.

I believe him a remarkably poor fit for the office of president. I am against most of his policies, his lack of empathy, and his hate-filled tirades in speeches and on Twitter. As someone who works with vulnerable communities and encourages clean energy, I find President Trump is in direct contradiction to what I do and talk about every day.  It would be easy to give up and give in to despair and fear. I will not. I have faith in the American people to not give in to an autocrat. I choose to take a positive view; change can be effected by a focused, relentless effort to make an impact towards a better world.

As President Trump said himself, we cannot be all talk and no action. Complaining about his policies to other like-minded friends doesn’t help. Protests, marches, and complaints are important, yet alone they will not effect change in him, or the world. I as an individual, and we as a community, can do more than just talk.

We can act by:

* Leading by example to support the very groups coming under attack: immigrants, Muslims, women, and people of color.  We need to protect those most vulnerable among us, because once it is OK to hurt them, who will be next?

* Continuing to combat climate change through our choices in: transportation, (electric vehicles, bikes, mass transit), purchasing energy (renewable sources, purchasing ‘green energy’ from our utilities), and how we live (buying local, participating in our communities). Climate change is an existential threat to our civilization, and we can still make an impact with the choices we make toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

* Taking control of our attitudes and choices we make every day. We can choose to see the good in our neighbors, the humanity in immigrants escaping violence, and the opportunities in the challenges we are facing today.

* Joining groups and communities of like-minded individuals to effect change in the world.

I need to be strong and not lose myself into despair or apathy. I can make a difference and build a better future. However, I have to act. One by one, first in small groups, then in large, we will build a community to fight for a better world.

I will remember to have gratitude for the good parts of my life, my family, my friends, and this great organization I am fortunate enough to be a part of.

I know these times, this administration, and this president are not permanent. Policies being made right now can be overturned and will not affect us forever. The actions of this president are not normal behavior, and many people are fighting against his recent policies.

I have work to do. We will get through these tough times. We will get through it, together.

Good News for Oakland Home Repair


Community Energy Services Corporation is pleased to announce that the Callison Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation have made new grants in support of CESC’s Oakland Home Repair program for 2017. The Oakland Home Repair Program brings needed home repair services to Oakland seniors. Several individual donors also gave in support of the program in 2017, and the Partnership Foundation, a current funder, also renewed its support.

In Alameda County, 45,000 housing units have moderate to severe physical problems (Alameda County Healthy Homes Department). Many Oakland residents lack the knowledge, strength or resources to make needed repairs or to hire a contractor to do the work, especially seniors on fixed incomes who may additionally be wary of strangers coming to their homes.  According to the Alameda County Community Development Agency, “As the number of seniors living in substandard conditions continues to climb in the City of Oakland it is imperative that we address the need for seniors to age in place.” Maricela Foster, Director of the agency, calls CESC’s Oakland Home Repair program an “exceedingly needed service.”

Oakland Construction Tech Jesús Ávila prepares for a kitchen repair

Served by a skilled and seasoned home repair team, the program made health and safety repairs for 17 senior households in 2015 and 12 in 2016 for a total of several hundred individual repairs. Repairs can include most types of plumbing, electrical and carpentry repairs, furnace and minor roof repairs, and the installation of safety features such as grab bars, handrails, and ramps.

“Oakland Home Repair is one of my favorite programs because I love to see seniors in my neighborhood getting the help they need for the home that they have worked so hard for,” says Program Assistant Jennifer Robles. Are you an Oakland senior who needs help with repairs? Contact Jennifer today to find out how to enroll in the Oakland Home Repair program.