The Taste of West County Goodness

Community-based non- profit honors resident, community leaders for good deeds

Executive Director Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Board Members: Maxine Reynolds; Lena Robinson, Treasurer; Michael Vukelich, Secretary; Niels Povlsen, President.

Together with Congressman George Miller, Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay [NHS] honored four community leaders during its holiday mixer last week.
The theme, “A Taste of West County Goodness,” was chosen to highlight local eateries, good businesses and the good work that is happening in low- income communities despite current economic conditions.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Contra Costa College (CCC).
CCC President McKinley Williams congratulated the awardees and said his college “recognizes that the health of the college is tied to the health of our community.  When people have stable housing, they are then in a position to think about higher education for themselves or their children.  This is why we are pleased to support the work of NHS.”
Recipients were recognized for their contributions to stabilize families impacted by foreclosure and to improve the quality of life for low-income residents.  “Each of these leaders embodies the commitment and passion needed to restore and sustain healthy neighborhoods for every family regardless of income,” says Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Executive Director.
The Resident Leadership Award was presented to Jackie Thompson of Richmond for her work organizing low-income seniors. The Government Partnership Award was presented to City of San Pablo Analyst, Madelaine Sambajon for her support of San Pablo’s foreclosure prevention program. The Corporate Leadership Award was presented to West County native Agnes Briones-Ubalde of Wells Fargo for her visionary leadership in community development supporting numerous non-profits in West County including NHS.
The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation presented NHS a grant of $5,000 to support its first time homebuyer programs. Founded in 1981, NHS is one of the oldest remaining community-based development corporations serving West Contra Costa County, providing comprehensive housing counseling, homebuyer training and community organizing dedicated to reversing the adverse effects of predatory lending, poverty, blight and violence.
Since launching its foreclosure prevention program in 2007, NHS has helped more than 200 families save their homes from foreclosure.  For more information, visit: or call (510) 237-6459.