July 2006

Chris Davis/Marjorie Wass (805) 687-3322

Starbucks Coffee Company’s 'California Giving Program' Selects Peoples' Self-Help Housing Education Program for Grant

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties, July 11, 2006—Peoples’ Self-Help Housing announced today that they have been selected by the Starbucks Coffee Company to be among 30 California nonprofits receiving significant cash grants. (30 out of 3,000 nonprofits grant applications were selected to receive funding.)

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will receive $50,000 for its Education Enhancement Program (EEP). ($10,000 will go to each of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s 5 Learning Centers). The goals of the EEP program is to improve student’s academic performance and study skills, with the goal of graduating from high school, as well as increasing students self esteem and parental participation in the school system.

EEP is a unique program that operates year-round at five Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Learning Centers, which are located at PSHH low income rental housing complexes. These include: Dahlia Court and the Camper Park in Carpinteria, Milagro de Ladera in Santa Barbara, Los Adobes de Maria II in Santa Maria, and River View in Guadalupe. A 6th Learning Center will be opening in Paso Robles at the end of 2006. Approximately 400 children (K-12th grade) participate in EEP.

The EEP program was developed in response to requests from parents, who saw their children failing in school. The EEP bilingual credentialed educators meet with the children daily and work on study habits and developing academic skills. The educators base their lesson plans on the California Education Standards and local school district curriculums, working with the students to bring them to grade level and focusing on study skills and time management to help the students achieve academic success. The educators serve as a bridge between the students, families and the public schools.

Besides the cash grants totaling $1 million, Starbucks is committed to the long-term support of the program’s grant recipients through the volunteer efforts of the company’s partners (employees) based in California. Each grantee below will be teamed with a Starbucks partner who serves as an Ambassador for the organization--driving enthusiasm, support, and volunteer hours for the grantees among Starbucks partners, customers and the local community. The real magic of the California Giving Program is the human connection and the relationship built between the grant recipient and the Starbucks Ambassador.

The 2006 Starbucks “California Giving Program” recipients are:

San Luis Obispo /Santa Barbara/Ventura:
Neighborhood for Learning
Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

North Bay :
Draw Bridge
Forget-Me-Not Farms

South Bay:
New Horizon School
Children's Musical Theatre San Jose

San Francisco:
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Jamestown Community Center

East Bay:
Little Kids Rock
Deaf Hope
Taylor Family Foundation
Green House
Schreder Planetarium
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte County

Inland Empire:
Assistance League of Riverside
Coachella Valley Autism Society
Advanced Education Services

San Diego area:
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Kids Korps USA

Orange County:
Grants Wishes
Second Harvest Food Bank

Los Angeles area:
Kids in Sports
Foothill Unity Center
Esperanza Community Housing Corp.
LA County Education Foundation
Access Books

Central Valley:
Assistance League of Bakersfield
Women’s Center of San Joaquin County
Happy Trails Riding Academy

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization with 36 years of experience developing affordable housing and community facilities for low-income and special needs households. With over 1000 self-help homes completed and over 1200 rental units owned and managed, PSHH continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast. PSHH is committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building attractive, high quality housing and to providing innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life.