Funding Goodness Village
Goodness Village, a nonprofit homeless support organization that operates 28 tiny homes on the CrossWinds Church property in Livermore for people in need, recently received notice of increased state funding and of the federal government.
State Senator Steve Glazer helped secure $5 million through the California Department of Social Services for Phase II, which will include a community center with a classroom, laundry room, large cooking area for micro-enterprise opportunities and a food pantry.
The efforts of U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell resulted in Goodness Village receiving $1 million in federal community projects funds to support the nonprofit organization’s operating budget.
The funds will also cover the costs of building new micro-homes, as well as a medical micro-clinic where nurses will have access to private space and medical equipment to enhance the wellness checks offered at Goodness Village.
“This money will give us the opportunity to increase our reach at a time when needs are at an all-time high,” said Founder and Executive Director Kim Curtis. “It will have an incalculable impact on people’s lives.”
The night market is back
The 626 Night Market returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend, with the popular event inspired by Asia’s famous outdoor night bazaars open in Pleasanton Friday through Sunday.
The festival is expected to feature more than 200 local food, merchandise, arts and crafts vendors, as well as games, music and entertainment attractions designed to appeal to all ages, organizers said.
The night market runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and more information, visit www.626nightmarket.com.