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Alliance for Community Transformations

Message regarding COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020
In order to do our part in protecting vulnerable populations and to slow the transmission of COVID-19, many programs of the Alliance will be limiting in-person contact during the crisis. This has not been an easy decision, but we want to ensure everyone that services will still be provided to anyone that needs them.

The Alliance is the umbrella organization for six programs throughout Mariposa and Merced Counties including: Mountain Crisis Services, Valley Crisis Center, Ethos Youth Center, Mariposa Heritage House, CASA of Mariposa, and Connections Emergency Shelter. Below is a snapshot of how services will be conducted; please keep in mind that this is ever evolving and we will keep our website the most up to date with changes.

  • Mountain Crisis Services: Mountain Crisis Services will be limiting in person services for survivors at our office. Some in-person appointments will be necessary and will be scheduled by staff. Our hotline will be operational 24/7, our domestic violence shelter is still operating, and all counseling will be done via telephone or through video-based services. Legal Advocacy will still be available and advocates will still accompany survivors to court.

  • Valley Crisis Center: The Valley Crisis Center office will be closed to the public as of Monday, March 23rd and all services will be offered via telephone or through video-based services. Our hotline will be operational 24/7 and our domestic violence shelter is still operating. Legal Advocacy will still be available and advocates will still accompany survivors to court.

  • Ethos Youth Center: Ethos will still be open to support youth, but will allow less youth into the building at any given time to allow for social distancing. Up to 10 youth at any given time will be allowed inside, but youth are welcome to sit outside and play basketball or enjoy the garden as well.

  • Pathos: Pathos is open for business for any of your screen printing needs! The business location will not be allowing for public drop ins, but staff are ready to talk with you over the phone and get your order ready to go out!

  • Mariposa Heritage House: Mariposa Heritage House will be modifying its hours to close at 5pm and will no longer be open on weekends. All groups will be held through a video-conferencing platform; if individuals do not have access to this technology, they can come to Mariposa Heritage House and staff will set them up with a device in a separate space to participate. Meals are still available to those that need them and eating areas follow the recommendations for social distancing. Transportation is still available on a very limited basis and according to staff availability.

  • CASA of Mariposa County: The work of CASA will continue, but the office will not be open to the public aside from some essential services. Volunteer Advocates continue to check in virtually with the children and youth they work with and receive support from staff virtually.

  • Connections Emergency Shelter: Connections will remain open to continue to support our houseless community.

The Alliance provides services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we will continue throughout this crisis. We are working diligently to ensure our staff are supported during this time so that we can continue to offer these vital services. We look forward to when our services can resume without restrictions and we will continue to make changes as things evolve. Feel free to reach out to any of our programs to learn how to access services or how you can be a support during this time.

About the Alliance for Community Transformations

The Alliance for Community Transformations provides responsive and preventative services to individuals and families, and works through partnerships and collective action to create truly safe, healthy and socially just communities where every member thrives. Based in Mariposa and Merced Counties, there are six programs that help us achieve our mission: Mountain Crisis Services, Valley Crisis Center, Ethos Youth Center, Mariposa Heritage House, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa, and Connections emergency shelter.

The Alliance was founded in 1990 under the name of Mountain Crisis Services, an agency working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mariposa County. As the agency grew and expanded to include different programs, we decided that a new name would better fit the work of our programs and our vision for our communities. Below you can find more information about each of our programs, our Board of Directors, and Donations.


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Work with us!

The Alliance for Community Transformations is always looking for qualified individuals dedicated to helping those in need.


Human Resource Manager - Interim
Open Until Filled

Program Specialist I
Open Until Filled

Prevention Specialist II
Open Until Filled

Mountain Crisis Services
DV/SA Shelter Advcocate
Open Until Filled

Valley Crisis Center
Program Specialist - Part Time (temporary)
Open Until Filled

Youth Program Specialist
Open Until Filled

DV/SA Shelter Advocate
Closes January 15, 2021 at 5:00pm

To apply to any of the above postions, please submit all three of the following:


  1. 1. Completed application: [Alliance APPLICATION]

  2. 2. Cover letter

  3. 3. Resume

You will need to download the application, fill it out, and save the completed application. Then e-mail that and the rest of the above documents as attachments to Accepted file formats are Word or PDF only. Links to documents or other websites will not be considered.

Alliance for Community Transformations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Mountain Crisis Services

Mariposa, CA
Mountain Crisis Services seek to prevent domestic and sexual violence by advocating for positive changes in the societal systems that may lead to oppression, fostering a better understanding of domestic and sexual violence through community education, and providing culturally relevant direct services that empower victims of abuse and their children.

Valley Crisis Center

Merced, CA
Valley Crisis Center seeks to prevent domestic and sexual violence by advocating for positive changes in the societal systems that may lead to oppression, fostering a better understanding of domestic and sexual violence through community education, and providing culturally relevant direct services that empower victims of abuse and their children.

Ethos Youth Center

Mariposa, CA
Ethos empowers diverse young people within the local community. We believe that each young person deserves the opportunity to be recognized as an individual, particpate fully in their community, and thrive in a place of creativity, security, and support.


Mariposa Heritage House

Mariposa, CA
Mariposa Heritage House inspires people to redirect and improve their lives by offering both peer-counseling and recovery support services – including training opportunities and access to resources for individuals and families – set in a safe, supportive environment.


Mariposa, CA
CASA of Mariposa is a local branch of a national, nonprofit organization that focuses on volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.



Mariposa, CA
Connections is an Emergency Shelter. People with a housing crisis will be able to come to Connections and be connected with the appropriate supportive services provided by our community partners. Our goal is to end homelessness.


The Board


Chris Bobbitt Board Member

Chris Bobbitt, Board President joined the board in 2010.  She has 27 years' experience working in probation in San Bernandino and Merced Counties.  She approved and monitored the 52 week Batterer's Treatment Programs in San Bernandino County and became passionate about domestic violence and other victim safety issues.  Chris lives in Merced and works as a Program Manager at the Merced County Human Services Agency.  She is commited to public service and is active in her community.


Lisa Rhudy Board Member

Lisa Rhudy, Vice President is a retired Public Health Nurse with the Mariposa County Health Department, have lived for forty years in the community of El Portal at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, and have been privileged to serve on the board for the Alliance For Community Transformations for more than fifteen years. The agency's capacity for effecting positive change in Mariposa and Merced Counties continues to astound her. Besides spending time in volunteer activities, Lisa enjoys hiking and backpacking in the park, playing music, writing fiction, and traveling to foreign countries.


Candy O'Donel Browne

Candy O'Donel-Browne, Secretary was involved in the domestic violence movement of the 1970's, and has been active in various organizations ever since. She served on the original board of the Jersey Battered Women's Service in Morris County, New Jersey, and was on the first executive committee of the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. After moving west, she was a founding member of Mountain Crisis Services in Mariposa, California, and a strong advocate for establishing the Valley Crisis Center in Merced, California. She and her family owned the Yosemite Mariposa KOA Campground and RV Park in Midpines, California for over a decade. After it was sold, she became the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Economic Development Corporation. She is now retired. She is an experienced volunteer board member, having been involved for 37 years in many civic organizations ranging from healthcare, economic development and the arts to public transportation. She has always been deeply concerned about the welfare of victims of interpersonal hostilities, and has been active in developing services that improve their lives.


Wayne Eisenhart Board Member

Wayne Eisenhart, Secretary resides in Merced and is a retired attorney.  From 1989-2008, he was the Public Defender of Merced County.  He has had a lengthy committment to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and served on the Board of Directors of Friends of Battered Women of Merced (1984-1989) and A Woman's Place of Merced County (1989-1996).  He is serving his second year as the President of the Alliance.



Manuel Alvarado, a native Californian, was born and raised in Sanger, California. He earned a B.A. from California State University, Fresno.  He helped open the Good Company Music Hall and performed in dozens of productions there. After twenty years in the hospitality and advertising industries [including the California Dancing Raisins campaign] he returned to his roots in the Central Valley. Manuel is currently the Community Relations Manager for the Sierra Health Foundation's Center for Health Program Management in the San Joaquin Valley. He also serves as President of the GLEE Foundation of California that serves the LGBT community access to higher educational opportunities. He most recently served as Director of Leadership Programs for UC Merced/Great Valley Center where he managed core-programs for this diverse regional nonprofit organization. Responsibilities include research, communications, budget and personnel management, outreach strategy development, program design - development and recruitment, publication coordination, and fundraising. Previously he was Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Reedley where he oversaw the Historic Reedley Opera House. He works closely with the production company that performs professional theatre while on their Board of Directors. He also served as Vice President of the Central Valley Tourism Association. Manuel has organized and is a Past-President of a nonprofit organization, the Kings River Arts Council with a gallery showcasing the work of local artists in Reedley. Manuel has serves several community-based non-profit boards such as; California School-Based Health Centers, GLEE Foundation, CVTA, Merced Main Street Association & The Kings River Arts Council. Manuel lives in Modesto with his two Labradoodles, Harpo & Chico! Specialties: Public Relations, Program Management. Leadership Skills Sets, Non-Profit Management, Arts and Culture, LGBTQ Advocacy, Tourism/Hospitality & Economic Development.


Father Bulfur

Father Stephen C. Bulfur was ordained a priest in 1973. He served in Porterville, Bakersfield, CSU Fresno St. Paul Newman Center, former Pastor of St. Patrick's, Merced; St. Mary's, Fresno. He is currently Pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Mariposa since 1994. His hobbies are motorcycle riding, kayaking, sailing, and X-C skiing. His favorite food is popcorn. His best place on vacation is Sir Francis Drake Straight, U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Father Bulfur is from Fresno, California and he has 59 first cousins on his father's side alone!



Claudia G. Corchado has been serving as the Program Manager for the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) for Merced County for the past nine years.  CCROPP is one of the many programs improving the lives of our communities under United Way of Merced County. CCROPP focuses on improving the environments that help increase access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity.  For the past eighteen years, she has organized local grass root community members, nonprofits, public health, CBO's, and youth to imporve social and physical environments for healthy nutrition, physical activity, and safe places to play through policy, advocacy, and systems change.  Prior to CCROPP, she served as the Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Merced County and as the Program Manager for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  She is also a member of the American Leadership Forum (Class II), Merced Police Department's Citizen Academy, Latina of the Year for the Hispanic Chamber, Healthy Policy Leadership Program and Hispanics Organized for Political Equity (HOPE). Claudia is passionate about ensuring that eveyone in Merced County has a safe, violent free, and caring environment to live in- particulary to the Latino Community.


Kathy Delaney Board Member

Kathy Delaney is a retired Prevention Sprecialist and Mariposa Safe Families Executive Director.  As a stakeholder in the early development of Intimate Partner Violence services for Mariposa County, she was inspired by founder, Candy O'Donel-Browne.  She joined the board of directors to support the work of MCS and encourage community prevention efforts. 


Carmensol Rehbein Board Member

Carmensol Rehbein was born and raised in Chile and moved to Merced about 8 years ago to be close to children and grandchildren. She speaks Spanish and has donned several hats from stay-home mom, immigrant, to realtor, and now she is a small business owner together with her husband. She loves to travel, read thick books, and enjoy family life, specially seeing the little ones grow up. Community service is a part of her life so she has volunteered at the high school, her own children's schools here and there, church, and sat on the Planada Community Activities Coalition board.


Darcy Sailar Board Member

Darcy Sailar is a Public Health Educator for Mariposa County Health Department.  She has had the opportunity to serve on the board for the Alliance for Community Transformations for ten years.  She continues to see lives improve due to the resources that the Alliance for Community Transformations provides to community members.  She has lived in the Mariposa County area for 50 years.


Norbela Luis

Norbela Luis resides in Merced and is employed as a Staff Personnel Analyst with Merced County Human Services Agency.  She is an active member of the Central California Chapter (CCC) of the International Public Management Association-Human Resources (IPMA-HR) organization. She has been a CCC IPMA-HR board member since 2010 and was elected to serve as the Chapter Treasurer in 2016.  She is committed to public service and has joined as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Transformations to support our communities' domestic violence prevention and awareness efforts.


Lori Newman

Lori Newman is a native of Merced County, first growing up in the sleepy town of Dos Palos.  She currently resides in Atwater with her husband of 27 years.  Lori has 24 years' experience in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment field and specializes in Trauma Informed Services for women and women with children ages 0-12 years old.  Lori has a long history as the Executive Director of a local non-profit 501 (c)(3).  Lori's passion for helping others shows in her various state-wide and local commitments to organizations.



Thank you to all of our generous donors and volunteers who make our work possible!

If you would like to donate to the Alliance for Community Transformations and its programs, please contact us or click the PayPal link below. You can ask to have your donation sent to one or more specific programs or visit their respective website(s) for more information.

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