With nearly 850 staff in nine locations, serving over 120,000 citizens each year, we are the largest social service organization in Stanislaus County. The motto of Stanislaus County is "Striving to be the Best County in America". That’s a pretty high goal for an organization. The words of that motto convey much more than ambition. Behind those words is a strong regard for the people we serve and pride in how we serve them.
CSA can trace its "roots" to the history of people helping people. The traditions of helping others, particularly the poor, the sick and young children are found in all cultures and faiths. It wasn’t until the last half of the last century that government played a significant role in meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable. Since the 1960’s there has been a dramatic growth in the number and scope of social service programs. The growth in government programs accompanied the recognition that churches and charities could not do the job alone.
Today, there is an interesting reversal as government recognizes that it cannot meet all the needs. Our success is based on the quality of partnerships we have made with churches, charities and other community agencies.
CSA has over 60 separate funding sources each designed to help a defined group. Helping others has become complex. Our challenge is to take these funding sources and organize them in a way that makes them accessible and understandable to the community and our customers. We are most effective in helping when we can take out the complexity, and the customer just remembers the help they receive.
The staff of CSA is recognized as some of the best in the state in doing their jobs; they are consistently recognized by their peers for quality work. Please take time to view our services and our Annual Report. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, call us at 209-558-2500.