Connections

Connections

Fighting poverty is not an individual effort. People depend on social connections not only to secure employment, but to help buffer a set-back should an unexpected life event occur, like a lost job or a health issue. Connections is designed to build participants’ self-efficacy, strengthen their personal networks, and equip them to participate in meaningful ways in civic activities that impact their communities.

By strengthening their own financial, social and health situation, participants emerge ready to act as leaders in community and civic life. Their personal successes have a ripple effect, benefiting their family and broader community. 

Services include: 

  • Restorative Circles, based on restorative justice principles, where participants can develop relationships with peers to talk about building and repairing personal relationships.
  • Support and training, in partnership with our Employer Services team and Career Services staff, to build and nurture a professional network.
  • A leadership development pipeline to help participants interested in contributing to Rubicon’s programming decisions, and broader community issues.

Partners include: 

  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • Safe Return Team
  • Reentry Success Center
  • STAND for Families Free of Violence 

How We Work

Fighting poverty is not an individual effort. People depend on social connections not only to secure employment, but to help buffer a set-back should an unexpected life event occur, like a lost job or a health issue. Connections is designed to build participants’ self-efficacy, strengthen their personal networks, and equip them to participate in meaningful ways in civic activities that impact their communities.

By strengthening their own financial, social and health situation, participants emerge ready to act as leaders in community and civic life. Their personal successes have a ripple effect, benefiting their family and broader community. 

Connections Services Staff

Ruben Cantu - Impact Coach, Richmond

Ruben CantuImpact Coach, Richmond

Stoyan Francis - Impact Coach, Antioch

Stoyan FrancisImpact Coach, Antioch

LaReese Stitts - Impact Coach, Richmond

LaReese StittsImpact Coach, Richmond

Jeremy Green - Impact Coach, Richmond

Jeremy GreenImpact Coach, Richmond

Impact Coach

The Impact Coach is the primary relationship between the participant and Rubicon. Each participant is assigned an Impact Coach who will provide support and guidance for the duration of their work with Rubicon. Our Impact Coaches are trained in transformative coaching, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care principles, and bring, on average, five to seven years of counseling and case management experience to the position.

Connections Manager

The Connections Manager develops, implements, and coordinates the leadership development pipeline and community engagement program, and provides ongoing management and support for Restorative Circles.