Resources for Recent Grads

As a recent grad, you may be searching for housing and food, job coaching, or resources to help support your transition during this time. The information and links on this page are a great place to start if you’re in need of assistance as you move on to the next stage of your career.

Housing and Food

Security Deposit Assistance program  

Housing Matters

Tenant Sanctuary

Emergency Food & Shelter

Housing, Community Support and Resources in Santa Cruz (WINGS)

USDA ChooseMy Plate

SuperCook

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry

St. Francis Catholic Kitchen 

Second Harvest Food Bank

Jesus Mary Joseph Home 

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Siena House

Housing Matters 

Salvation Army Shelter

Career Coaching

UCSC Alumni Association 

UCSC Career Center Services

SC Volunteer Center Prevention and Early Intervention (Job Assistance, do not have to have mental health symptoms to qualify necessarily)

Resources for Families 

Cal Works Cash Aid (students with children) 

Walnut Ave Family & Women's Center: Family Support Services , food, housing, clothing, etc

Student Veterans

Vets4Vets SantaCruz

Employment Development Department

General Services

Consumer Assistance Program (car repairs; has eligibility requirements - SMOG related)

Cal Works Cash Aid (students with children)

Encompass Community Services (housing, financial and behavioral health resources, children education) 

Walnut Ave Family & Women's Center: Family Support Services , food, housing, clothing, etc

Free tax prep at United Way/VITA

Life Literacies Events from Santa Cruz Library (free notary services & birth certificate applications, etc)

Ayana Therapy (virtual therapy for culturally and diverse therapists)