The Community Action Board (CAB) and Community Services & Workforce Development (CSWD) partners with many community agencies to provide services to low-income residents in San Benito County. We are pleased to share services that may assist you during your time of need.

Partners & Referrals

Fishes & Loaves

Fishes & Loaves

680 College St   

Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-8669

Monday - Friday 10a-12p: Distributes food bags to the 1st 20 families in line up to 6 times per year. 

CRLA offers a variety of services and programs to California's low-income communities.

  • CRLA is nationally recognized as a leader in farmworker and migrant service provision through community outreach, educational training and direct legal service.

  • CRLA does not only serve farmworker and migrant communities, but all communities in California.

CRLA in San Benito and Santa Cruz County emphasizes access to safe affordable housing, public benefits, K-12 education and employment. We accept cases that help people enforce the fair housing laws, their tenant rights, and gain access to government programs like CalFresh, General Assistance, SSI, unemployment benefits, state disability, and more. We help students get in school and stay in school. We help them secure a quality public education. We help assert and protect student and worker rights as well as the rights of the LGBT community. We help workers enforce their rights to rest and meal periods, overtime pay and legal time off. Please call for more information.

Hollister phone number: (831) 724-2253 (Call for appointment)

Hollister Location: 310 Fourth St, Hollister, CA (Monday Only)

1133 San Felipe Road

Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-0340

It’s our mission to fight hunger and malnutrition in San Benito County. We serve as a countywide source of supplemental food for the working poor, low-income seniors, families, children, homeless and disabled citizens of our area. We also supply food to non-profit agency partners who serve those in need.

Click HERE for additional food distribution sites.

The San Benito Self Help Center can provide the following assistance:

  • Assistance with Small Claims, Guardianship (of the person), Limited Conservatorship, Name Change/Gender Change, Restraining Orders, Landlord/Tenant issues, Emancipation, and Civil/Collections (contract cases only).

  • Provide community and legal referrals.

  • Review and distribution of court forms.

  • How to use the internet to locate legal information and court forms.

  • You may call with questions (831) 636-4057, extension 104; calls are only answered on Monday.  Email at; emails are returned once a week.  Please make sure to indicate what county you live in when you call or email.

  • Small Claims Advisor Phone Line: (831) 786-7370. Phone Consultation Tuesday 1:30-4:00pm. Messages can be left at anytime. Calls are returned once a week.

  • For FAMILY LAW assistance in San Benito County, including child support, custody/visitation, divorce and paternity, please see the Family Law Facilitator’s Office.  You may call (831) 636-4057 or come to the courthouse for information regarding their hours and program.

When:  Every MONDAY, except court holidays

Hours:  8 am - 1 pm

Where: 450 4th Street, Hollister, CA 95023


First Come, First Serve - NO APPOINTMENTS

**You must bring your own interpreter


Emmaus House is a nonprofit organization providing shelter and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We are the only domestic violence shelter in San Benito County and have been serving families in need since 2006;

Emmaus House is a 24/7 operation, staffed with caring and trained advocates committed to serving women and children as they begin their journey towards a life free of violence. We are a place where women are empowered to begin rebuilding their lives and children feel safe, loved and nurtured.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call us at either:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Hotline: 1-877-778-7978, or

  • Emmaus House: 1-831-636-7224, or

  • Administrative Office: 1-831-630-5899.

Your story will be held in strictest confidence. We will help you plan the steps needed to lead you to safety


Medi-Cal will pay for the eye-exam but not the glasses.

Fret no more. Zenni Optical is the solution. 

Eye Glasses starting at $6.95!


Jovenes De Antaño

300 West St.
Hollister, CA 95023
ph: (831) 637-9275 fax: (831) 637-9767

Dedicated to those whom we serve - To Those whose Leadership formed  the Legacy which created what was to become "Jovenes de Antaño" and To those Board members and Staff who continue to Remember and to Reinforce All that is good about Our Organization

Jovenes de Antaño del Condado de San Benito, Inc., a non-profit organization incorporated in May of 1975, was established to encourage, develop and administer programs to improve the general welfare of the elderly in San Benito County. We will make our services available to all elderly, including the people with disabilities 18 years and older. We will implement programs focusing on the needs of the frail, low-income seniors that include the Latino community, through the use of bilingual/bicultural staff, outreach into our rural areas, senior advocacy and networking with local, regional and national agencies that strive to meet our common challenges.



Promoting the welfare and growth of the Library, to enrich its resources, and make its services better known to the community. This means we need you to help us:


  • Support the efforts of our library's administration and staff and to offer suggestions on needed programs and services.

  • Sponsor youth programs such as the Kids Club, the Summer Reading program, Story time, and after-school activities.

  • Encourage others (or yourself) to provide the library with gifts of time and talent for the library.

  • Provide funds for books, supplies, and equipment not funded in your library's budget.

  • Be part of the rich history of Library Development in San Benito County.



The YMCA of San Benito County is a charitable organization offering programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body.  Since our inception in 1999, the YMCA has grown to encompass a wide variety of exceptional opportunities including Youth Sports, Afterschool programs, Day Camp, Sports Camps and Health & Fitness Classes. 


The Coast2Coast Rx Card is a free prescription discount card provided by township, city and county governments – and by local United Way organizations.  The program includes participation by U.S. pharmacies to provide annual savings up to 55%.  Savings on a single prescription range from a few percent up to 75% (sometimes more) off the retail price of the drug. Cardholders save on both brand name and generic drugs.  All members of a family can use the card.  It is always FREE and the card can be used immediately.  There are no age, income or other exclusions.  There are no forms to fill out.  Simply take the card to one of the 59,000+ participating pharmacies to start saving today.Get your cost saving prescription card here.

Coalition of Homeless Services Providers

Martinez Hall

220 12th Street

Marina, CA 93933

Phone: (831) 883-3080 Fax: (831) 883-3085

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is a group of private non-profit and public organizations working together to address the complex issues of homelessness.

Mission:"Eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families."

 483 5th St, Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-4020

Hollister Pregnancy Center a licensed medical clinic staffed with trained and caring individuals that can answer your questions, talk about your options and provide you with positive solutions

Unplanned Pregnancy & STD Testing

All of our services are FREE and offered CONFIDENTIALLY in a safe, caring environment.

The America's Job Center California (AJCC)  is part of a state-wide network of conveniently located centers providing employment and training services all in one place.


Our Center programs include: Job Services, Unemployment Insurance, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans services, Welfare to Work transitioning and Youth services.


The AJCC is part of a state wide network of conveniently located centers providing employment and training services all in one place.


Our Center programs include: Job Services, Unemployment Insurance, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans services, Welfare to Work transitioning and Youth services.


The AJCC is funded by the Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act. Our goal is to make the recruitment, hiring, and training process easier, faster, and more efficient for both job seekers and employers.

Phone: (831) 637-JOBS (5627)

Location: 1111 San Felipe Road, Ste 107, Hollister, CA 95023


"Due to unforseen circumstances I found myself in financial need and sought assistance for my  PG&E through CSWD. Without this service I would not have been able to have my power restored."

                      -Virginia Escalante, Client


"Staff at the One-Stop assisted me with career planning, resume writing & interview techniques. I worked at CSWD through the Work Experience Program & have gained valuable job skills to last a lifetime."

-Stacey Arballo


"In 1998 my home was destroyed by the El Nino Flood. I was left homeless with 5 kids.
The Community Action Agency provided my family with tranistional shelter at the Southside Labor Camp, allowing me 6 months to find permanent housing."

- Cindy Parr, Former Executive Director Homeless Coalition


HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services and grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies and form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations. HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. HOPWA funds also may be used for health care and mental health services, chemical dependency treatment, nutritional services, case management, assistance with daily living, and other supportive services.

For more information call: Andi or Grace at (831) 637-9293 or e-mail:


Get Reliable Insurance for Less

To drive responsibly—and legally—you need auto insurance.

California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance is a state-sponsored program that makes insurance
affordable for California residents that are income eligible with good driving records.

Our mission is to create opportunities for positive change by promoting and supporting the full potential of individuals, the strengths of families, and the well being of our community.

The CAB will assist our vulnerable populations with resources to obtain skills, knowledge and opportunities toward self-sufficiency.


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