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Rubicon in the News

Richmond Confidential: Rubicon continues to support Richmond residents after 43 years in community

November 2017

For over 40 years, Rubicon has served East Bay residents with the goal of ending poverty. The program offers life coaching and financial and legal resources to the formerly incarcerated and parents of families living under the poverty line. The group brings in up to 20 new participants every two weeks at its Richmond site. They also have sites in Oakland, Antioch and Hayward.

San Francisco Business Times: Sometimes you get what you need - Drummond’s story

November 2017

Sometimes, you endeavor to accomplish one small goal, and it snowballs into a life-changing event. As the Rolling Stones once said, “you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.” In Drummond’s case, he – a Rubicon participant from the first cohort under its new program model – got both. Just one year ago, someone told him that Rubicon could reinstate his suspended license, and help him get his life in order, find a job and build a career.

East Bay Times Op-Ed: AB 1250 is a vivid lesson in unintended consequences

August 2017

By Jane Fischberg & Dan Geiger

In government, good intentions frequently have unintended consequences. Unfortunately, many of these unintended consequences can have irreversible impacts, costing lives, chilling innovation and disintegrating community institutions that have reliably served our neighbors for decades. That’s the case with AB 1250. This legislation has a purportedly noble goal: to protect employment security for public employees.  But in actuality, it constructs an elaborate system that locks out the nonprofits and medical specialists that ensure that some of our community’s most vulnerable residents receive care.

East Bay Times Letter-to-the-Editor: Stop AB 1250 to save counties’ community nonprofits

August 2017

By David Gray

Multiple nonprofit groups statewide providing mission-critical services through contracts with counties are at risk of closing if the California State Legislature adopts Assembly Bill 1250. This bill would put many high-quality community based organizations out of business. Examples include Rubicon Programs, Shelter Inc. and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Press Releases

Rubicon, 9 Local Organizations Join Forces to End Unemployment in Contra Costa County

August 2018

MARTINEZ, CALIF., AUGUST 14, 2018 … Even though the Bay Area job market may feel red-hot, nearly 16,000 Contra Costa residents remain unemployed and are looking for work. To help these individuals find a job or start a new career, ten organizations have partnered with Contra Costa County and its Workforce Development Board (WDBCCC) to create an unprecedented network of service providers...

Rubicon Programs Partners with Travis Credit Union To Help Contra Costa ‘Crave 2 Save’

August 2017

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RICHMOND, CALIF., AUGUST 15, 2017 … In an effort to bring financial stability to Contra Costa County’s low-income residents, Rubicon Programs, a nonprofit fighting poverty in the East Bay, Sparkpoint Contra Costa and Travis Credit Union have partnered to launch their new “Crave 2 Save” challenge for Contra Costa County residents...

Landmark Rubicon Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income Drivers

August 2017

A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The lawsuit was originally filed on June 15, 2016 by Rubicon Programs and the ACLU against Solano County Superior Court, challenging the court’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who could not afford the astronomical price of traffic tickets. Click below to read the full press release: