What we do with our Community


  Sierra Vista Child & Family Services has been helping abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed children and families in crisis in California's Central Valley since 1972. We offer a variety of community based counseling and family support services in various locations including Modesto, Hughson, Turlock, and Merced. Sierra Vista's focus is helping both children and adults struggling with mental health issues in Stanislaus and Merced Counties.
  In early 2001 the Del Rio Country Club Foundation began serious review and extensive study of The First Tee in conjunction with the City of Modesto. In October of 2003 after two years of planning and community networking The First Tee of Modesto Chapter was approved by The First Tee. Since the Chapter began programming in 2004, we have achieved "ACE" level recognition, the highest level awarded to chapters that represent Network Excellence.
  
Incorporated in July 1980, the Children's Crisis Center has served the community for over 30 years with State Licensed Group Home, Day Care and Infant Care Centers.  Through the provision of comprehensive shelter services the Children's Crisis Center has served the critical needs of high risk children residing in Stanislaus County.  In response to community need the Crisis Center has expanded to include five shelter sites: Guardian House (Oakdale), Sawyer House (Modesto), Cricket's House (Modesto), Verda's House (Turlock) and Marsha's House (Modesto). 
  In 1998, a group of New England-area Hyundai dealers launched a local initiative to raise funds to support pediatric cancer through the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. What started as a small contribution in a local market has evolved into Hyundai Hope On Wheels, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to celebrate the lives of the children battling the disease.
  Central West Ballet was founded by Mrs. Juline Schmitz in 1987 under the name Bravo! Repertory Dance Theatre, with Mrs. Gretchen Vogelzang as its Founding Artistic Director. The current name of the company was established in 1997 to reflect the growth of the company within the Central Valley. Central West Ballet was associated with Regional Dance America (RDA) during its development as a strong regional ballet company.

  In spring 2001, architectural planning began to create a new community treasure, a performing arts center that promised to be one of the most important downtown projects in Stanislaus County's history. Then in the spring of 2004 construction of a premier civic complex began in the center of this leading agricultural region. The programs at the Gallo Center for the Arts reflect the interests, diversity and history of the people that call the Central Valley their home. It is a landmark in the region for decades to come. The Gallo Center for the Arts opened in the fall 2007.