Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

Susan Osorio


The financially disenfranchised population of Santa Cruz County constantly face the challenges of being taken advantage of by employers when it comes to being allotted the appropriate wages, illegal evictions, as well as discrimination and health care access. California Rural Legal Assistance is a non-profit legal aid agency that provides the citizens of Santa Cruz County with legal aid and court representation at no cost. Currently, CRLA is facing a visibility dilemma with some contributing factors being citizens don't know about them or are too scared to attend because of their legal status, not enough donors or discretionary funding and minimal collaborative partnership with other agencies. Consequences of such a downturn could lead to the closure of the agency leading to a decline in free legal aid services, a loss of jobs and clients having a harder time accessing resources because of their limitations. Honoring Our Community Heroes was designed to increase awareness of CRLA free legal assistance to the community to those who require it, by gathering together in honor of those community heroes who have committed their life in defending and educating the communities of Santa Cruz County. By doing so it demonstrates to those that are part of the community the compassion and care CRLA has in fighting for the right of all of California's residents. In order to combat such downturn it is recommended that the agency host an event into which they could further branch out into the community and the private sector as well and further add to their exposure rate amongst the community.