One key to Puente’s growth has been its responsiveness to the needs of its communities—to be nimble and guided by the people who rely on its services. That strategy has yielded powerful results as participants not only ask for programs but have been stepping up to help run them. Residents provide the engine that powers those efforts, and more. The result is a cohort of locals who may not have been born in the U.S., but who feel like they belong, as well as those who have lived on the South Coast for decades. Puente continues to provide extensive health services for insured and uninsured residents including enrollment for health coverage, case management for participants with chronic illnesses, transportation and interpretation for medical appointments, dental screenings, cleanings and extractions at mobile clinics in Pescadero, vaccines and immunizations, and weekly medical appointments through the Coastside Medical Clinic based at Puente. Puente has increased preventive services through fitness classes like Zumba and exercise for adults 55+, ballet folklórico for children and adults, and soccer tournaments for farmworkers. We also offer healthy cooking, nutrition and women’s health classes. Puente’s behavioral health services team supports empowerment through individual therapy, support groups and crisis intervention, particularly around domestic violence. While demand for these services has increased due to stress and uncertainty since 2016, changed County priorities have led to reduced funding and greater stress on Puente as we work to fill the funding gaps. Puente is 20: finding power in community 1,560 people served 4