In 2015, Puente advocated for a new county-funded health clinic for the South Coast, brought healthcare providers “into the field” to treat workers and families, and conducted the first-ever health survey to reach those without reliable access to health care. Puente is the bridge to fitness, preventative health care, and insurance for hundreds of people.
As the voice of the community, advocacy is the core of Puente’s uniting work on the South Coast, through partnerships with San Mateo county and other nonprofits. Our weekly Pescadero Grown! Farmers’ Market helps provide fresh produce to low-income families. Our partnership with YMCA Camp Jones Gulch gives a camp experience to students regardless of income.
Puente’s education programs help students of all ages learn. From 2013-2014, Puente helped students excel through partnerships with Stanford and UC Santa Cruz Universities. Puente’s Family Engagement Initiative, a partnership with the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, strengthens the bonds between home and school. Puente’s comprehension-based ESL classes are paying major dividends for students.