The Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland recently celebrated the grand opening of a new transitional housing community for local foster youth. Young adults between 18 and 24 years of age with their own studio apartments so they can gain independence and set themselves up for success as they exit the foster care system.
When former Staff Sergeant Starlyn Lara joined the Army fresh out of high school in Roswell, New Mexico, it was a time of peace for those who were serving in the military. Then came September 11. Suddenly, for many who joined the armed forces in search of serving their country—what Lara calls a desire to “be a bigger person than I was”—that peacetime was no more. “I sat there for about an hour, just dazed and confused, in awe of…
Enjoy the photo gallery for our weekly series, The Pulse of Oakland. This week’s featured ZIP code is 94606. The area includes many neighborhoods just east of Lake Merritt.
On Saturday members of Lavender Seniors, based in Oakland, gathered at the San Leandro Community Church—where it has been meeting the second Saturday of each month for the past 18 years—to celebrate its final potluck lunch at that facility.