Special Connection With The Leaven Kids

A distinct bond between NorthBay Healthcare and the neighborhood adjacent to its Fairfield hospital continued in 2018.

For several years, the health system has supported its partnership with The Leaven, a non-profit organization that provides support to at-risk children and their families in low-income neighborhoods in Fairfield and around Solano County.

Many of the children live in single-parent families or have both parents working. They often come home to an empty apartment or house.

The Leaven was looking for a partner and quickly found one in NorthBay Healthcare, which provides a rent-free duplex for the after-school programs run by The Leaven. A $22,000 community grant from NorthBay Healthcare keeps the youth center operating year-round.

On Dec. 13, NorthBay Healthcare and community leaders from across Fairfield played the role of Santa’s elves as they delivered holiday joy to The Leaven center on Dana Drive.

Youngsters at the center were treated to crafts and snacks and listened as Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and County Supervisor Jim Spering read “The Night Before Christmas.” Following the reading, the pair lead the kids in a countdown before lighting the facility’s Christmas tree.

Those on hand encouraged the youngsters to keep up the hard work they’ve displayed throughout the year.

The kids in the center were also invited by NorthBay Healthcare team members to tour the hospital and various services to learn about careers in health care.

In October, students visited the diagnostic imaging center and learned about bones and x-rays. Also in 2018 students went on a field trip to see how construction was progressing on a new three-story wing of the Fairfield hospital, donning hard hats and learning about jobs in construction.