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June 19, 2024

Community event highlights playgroup, counseling services for youth

Photo by Sean Roney
Adelida Alvarez, Cristina Sotelo and L’shanna Klein from Door to Hope and ACTION present free books for children at their July 17 event, announcing the services now being brought to local youth under 5 years old.

KING CITY — King City’s Town Square featured activities for children last Tuesday as part of a community awareness event announcing services being offered in the upstairs Suite 77 location.

The community event was hosted by Door to Hope and ACTION, which work in collaboration to provide playgroups for children under 5 years of age and therapy services for the same age range.

The July 17 event included free books for children, free parenting kits for new parents, as well as sensory activities like sand, bubbles, magnets and giant building blocks.

The overall aim was to let people know about the services now being brought to the area, which would otherwise require a trip to the Salinas offices.

“It’s a satellite for us so we can serve families here in King City that might not otherwise be served because they might not have transportation,” said L’shanna Klein, director of family services for Door to Hope.

“The office we have here is a collaboration with Door to Hope and ACTION,” said Cristina Sotelo, parent initiative coordinator for Door to Hope and ACTION. “You can get services in Salinas or request services in Salinas, then we’ll meet with the families here. We’re excited to have an office here in King City.”

The King City event was held in the morning, then was followed up by an afternoon event in Greenfield to introduce the community to the office in that city, as well.

“It’s a resource center where we offer more playgroups,” said Sotelo of the Greenfield office. “There’s someone there who helps with completing applications, and we have another program that does home visits.”

Door to Hope provides therapy for children who qualify, while the ACTION component of the partnership hosts the playgroups and coordinates home visits. In the King City area, Sotelo said more than 20 families are already participating in the playgroups.

The collaboration is hosted through First 5.

ACTION’s playgroups are held in the King City office on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For information about playgroups, contact Monica at 831-756-0106 (English/Spanish) or Adelaida at 831-737-4302 (Triqui/Spanish).

For Door to Hope services, contact the main office at 831-758-0181.