Resources for Students and Families
In an effort to list a variety of services, Mission College is linking to a number of services. This is meant as a resource and not an endorsement. (CV) Coronavirus specific resoures.
We also have a number of services at missioncares.missioncollege.edu
Resources in Response to COVID-19
Mission College recognizes the sudden transition to online courses has posed many challenges for our students, particularly for those without reliable computer access. In an effort to best support our students, Mission College is loaning a limited number of laptops for our students with the greatest need to use for the rest of their time at the college. Click for details on the laptop program.
We recognize that the current circumstance regarding COVID-19 may have caused a financial burden on you and/or your family. Mission College is here to support you during this time of uncertainty. We are providing this opportunity to request emergency funds on a one-time basis. Requests will be reviewed on a first come first serve and need-based basis. Click for details on one time financial assistance. Additional Income Benefits for College Students.
Together We Rise is asking If you are or if you know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
Sacred Heart is providing financial assistance for low income residents.
- Santa Clara Businesses with Takeout Orders (Facebook Group)
- School Districts with Grab and Go Meals for Ages 18 and Under
- San Francisco Meals on Wheels
- Senior Hours at Zanatto's from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- KQED List of Free Lunch Programs
Don't forget about our free grab-and-go lunches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and our monthly 2nd Harvest Food Pantry on April 8.
For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to inability to pay.
They will also do the following:
- Waive late payment fees.
- Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any one who needs them.
- The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.
For more details, click HERE.
- The company is opening their Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data. To help people stay connected with school and work, Comcast is opening up their Xfinity WiFi network for everyone, as well as: Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots here. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
- Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
- No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company about not being able to pay their bill.
- Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers
For more information click HERE.
Verizon Free WiFi
Verizon also took the pledge and is offering similar services:
- The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
- Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
- Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools
For more information, click HERE.
Charter Spectrum Free WiFi
Charter is offering similar services during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 16, the company will offer:
- Free spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Open WiFi hotspots
For more information, click HERE.
Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up their network to their customers and:
- Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
- Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
- By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
- By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
- Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
- Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.
For more information, click HERE.
The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.
- All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
- T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
- Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
- Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant
For more information, click HERE.
Mental Health Counseling Services are available via video for limited hours only. Please email Nadia Vulfovich LMFT at email@example.com to schedule a video appointment. Please inculde your name, phone number and your student Id in the email. Please do not include any other personal information in the email. These services may not address crisis situations. For Mental Health Crisis, please see relevant resources.
Educational / Student Resources / Virtual Tours
Free educational/ Home Schooling programs
- Kids Activity Blog
- Exploratorium Activities
- Learn a New Language
- Learn a new skill with Lydia
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Virtual Museum Tours
- Academy of Science for Students at Home
- Pluto Coronavirus Survival Guide
- Children's Discovery Museum (San Jose)
- The World's Museums
- Monterey Bay Aquarium • Meet the Animals!
- Mission College campus via Google 360
- The Tech Interactive (San Jose)
- Winchester Mystery House (San Jose)
There are two online services that are currently offering free access to their extensive catalogs of eBooks to students from now through May 25. Both companies provide eBooks from a wide variety of textbook publishers, and students can sign up for free to get access through the end of this semester.
VitalSource limits users to six items on their "bookshelf" at one time. There are no early returns, so be cautious of borrowing to only browse.
Faculty and students must use their single sign on email addresses to set up their personal accounts. Then you can search whether your textbooks are available from either of these services. If the exact edition is not available, look at the available editions to see whether one of them might work.
If you are using a Cengage book please note that they offer free access to Cengage Unlimited, but you will need to request it. See below for details:
Cengage Higher Ed: A resource page has been established which will help you locate your Cengage representative to enable the following resources
Free Access to Unlimited: We will be providing free access to our entire catalog - all of our online learning platforms and eTexts - through Cengage Unlimited, through end of term, to any student in any class at any US college that has been impacted by COVID-19.
You can also contact your individual publishers for assistance. They might provide free access to their ebooks for the duration of this term.
Disclaimer: The Mission College Student Health Services does not endorse any insurance plans.
Beginning January, 2014, all individuals are legally required to have healthcare coverage. Under healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), health insurance options are made available. In California, individuals should access Covered California.
Community college students stand to benefit greatly from the new no and low-cost health insurance insurance options that will be available. These options include: the ability to join a parent's plan until age 26; expanded Medi-Cal eligibility; tax credits to help pay for health insurance; improved student health insurance plans; and catastrophic plans that provide emergency coverage at a lower upfront cost.
Affordable Care Act:
- Coveredca.com - Healthcare Insurance Exchanges set-up by California (Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare")
- Medi-Cal (aka "Medi-Caid") - for income-eligible individuals and families
- Other options:
- California Dental
- E.J. Smith College Student Insurance
- Insurance Quotes
- Low-cost Prescriptions
- Meyer & Associates Insurance
Mental Health Resources
Printable Mission College Mental Health Resources Brochure lists infomation on local sliding scale counseling and psychotherapy services, Mental Health Crisis Services, LGBTQ Services, and more. Copies also available at Student Health Center.
College employees who experience personal distress are referred to Claremont EAP, call 800-834-3773, which is available 24 hours, 7 days/week. This service is arranged by our the WVMCCD Human Resources Department to support employees and their immediate family members.
Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center
Mental Health Services for Medi-Cal insured or uninsured
1 (800) 704-0900
24 hours, Multi-lingual, Crisis Intervention, Referrals, Short-term counseling
Online Presentation - "Mindfulness for Stress Reduction" - by Dr. Amy Saltzman (Spring, 2012)
NAMI Santa Clara County
The mission and values of NAMI Santa Clara County are to help people with a lived experience of mental illness and families by providing support, education and advocacy; to promote research; to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community; and to improve services by working with mental health professionals and families.
Mental Health Crisis Services
SUICIDE AND CRISIS HOTLINE (24 hours) Santa Clara County Mental Health Department - 1-855-278-4204
Mental Health SF provides a live chat or phone call
24 Hour (EPS) Emergency Psychiatric Services – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
871 Enborg Ct., San Jose, CA 95128
Bill Wilson Center 24 Hour Crisis Line
3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Mental/ Physical/ Financial/Sexual problems and more
Mental Health Urgent Care
(Santa Clara County Mental Health Department)
871 Enborg Court
San Jose, CA 95128
408-885-7855; after hours: 1-800-704-0900 Walk-in outpatient crisis clinic, 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days/week. MHUC provides screening, assessment, crisis intervention, referral and short-term treatment for adolescents and adults. The program is designed to avoid involuntary hospitalization, psychiatric emergency room visits, and incarceration.
Child Abuse Reporting Center
408-299-2071; South County: 408 - 683-0601
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources
Sexual Assault Resources
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Comprehensive Guide for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse
- YWCA RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT LINE 24 HOUR - 408-287-3000 OR 650-493-7273
- American Sexual Health Association - STI hotlines
- Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Save) Act
- Community Solutions (South County) - 408-779-2115
- YWCA Silicon Valley Sexual Assault Sevices - 800-572-2782
- YWCA Domestic Violence Department Support Network
375 South 3rd Street, San Jose, 95112
1 (800) 572-2782
Emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling
- Palo Alto Foundation Sexual Assault Resource
- Sexual Assault Prevention Info (Best Colleges)
- Mission College Title IX Information
- San Francisco Women Against Rape
- Victim Assistance Programs in South-Bay
- WVMCCD Sexual and Other Assaults Board Policy
Domestic Violence Resources
- Community Solutions Crisis Line (24 hours) - 408-683-4118
- Next Door Solutions (24 hours) - 408 - 279-2962
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours) -1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- SAVE 24 hour hotline (510) 794-6055
Fremont based counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, and more
When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in proximity to their abuser, it can create circumstances where their safety is compromised, and they may need to alter their safety plan. 1-800-799-7233 or Text LOVEIS to 22522
Information for Veterans
Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in Crisis and their
families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders
through this confidential toll-free hotline. Support for deaf and hard of hearing
individuals is available. You can also chat online confidentially.
Veteran Affairs local Mental Health Clinics (8 am to 4:30 pm). An Officer of the Day is on duty who would take crisis calls or arrange an appointment for a mental health intake:
VA San Jose Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd, San Jose, CA, 95119, 408-363-3000
VA Menlo Park Clinic, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, C, 94025, 650-493-5000, ext. 22234. This facility is primarily for rehabilitation, not acute mental health crisis.
VA Fremont Clinic, 39199 Liberty St, Fremont, CA, 94538, 510-791-4000
VA Palo Alto facility, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, 94304, 650-493-5000
Mental health care is available on a 24/7 basis at Palo Alto Emergency Room, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, Ca, 94303.
For Combat vets only, there is a non-medical "storefront" Vet Center at 278 N. 2nd St, San Jose, CA, 95112, 408 -993-0829. Counseling services are available for veterans and their families.
Drug and Alcohol Issues
Drug Addiction and Rehab - a comprehensive website of resources and treatment options leading to the path of recovery.
Gateway— Alcohol & Drug Screening, Information, and Referral
1 (800) 488-9919
Voices United (Silicon Valley Resource on Substance Use and Addiction)
(408) 292-7292; Hope Line: 800/NCA-CALL
Substance abuse counseling for individuals and families
College Student's Guide to Drug Abuse - from Amethyst Recovery Center.
Other General Resources
Mission College Free Food and Community Resources
Information on Food Bank, Free snacks on campus, Childcare and more.
Mission College Counseling Community Resources
Information on Mission College Resources, Employment, Legal services, etc.
2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number that connects callers with health and human
services in their community. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and
in over 150 languages. All calls are confidential.
2-1-1 is a comprehensive database of information on health and human service programs throughout the Bay Area, which includes but not limited to:
- Food Assistance
- Utility Assistance
- Housing and Shelter
- Legal Assistance
- Child Care
- Emergency Services
- Mental Health and Counseling
- State and City Services
- Senior Services
- Disaster Response and Relief
Support for Community Members
Many people (not just students) have been greatly affected by the economic fallout. Please review the resources at the following link for more information on how to access stimulus funds for individuals and small businesses. The information on the page was compiled by the office of Congressman Ro Khanna.