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Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center Partners With Comcast to Host “Winter Wonderland” Event for Families Impacted by the 2017 North Bay Wildfires

Students and Family Members Still Recovering from the Devastating
Fires of 2017 Enjoyed Food, Games, Gifts and Entertainment Courtesy of
the Integrated Wellness Center and Comcast NBCUniversal

LIVERMORE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center and Comcast NBCUniversal
hosted a “Winter Wonderland” event to support families and children
impacted by the 2017 North Bay wildfires. The new Wellness Center,
created by Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS), is also receiving generous
support from Kaiser Permanente, the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and
United Way of the Wine Country.

The holiday celebration also marked the grand opening of the new center
and provided an opportunity to support the families and children that
are still living in temporary housing. The celebration featured games,
holiday activities, entertainment, food and gifts for the impacted
children.

“After almost a year of planning, rebuilding and obtaining funding, the
Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center has now fully opened its doors. We
couldn’t be more proud of how the community and organizations such as
Comcast NBCUniversal and our other partners have come together to
support our Santa Rosa families,” said Steve Mizera, Assistant
Superintendent of Student and Family Services, Santa Rosa City Schools.
“The Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center will make a positive, lasting
impact in the lives of hundreds of students and their families, many of
whom are still struggling to rebuild and recover.”

During the 2017 fires, more than 800 families within SRCS lost their
homes and many others suffered loss, trauma and other forms of distress.
Hundreds of those families are still trying to recover from the
devastation. Due to school closures and other issues during the fires,
many students struggled to return to their previous academic achievement
levels. After assessing the overall impact to the community, SRCS
determined that the traditional school-year support model was not
capable of addressing the full scope of needs the community was facing.

In response, SRCS formed a partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, Kaiser
Permanente, the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and United Way of the Wine
Country to create the Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center. Comcast
NBCUniversal donated $300,000 to SRCS for the development of the
Wellness Center and more than 500 Comcast employees, their families, and
community volunteers helped repair and remodel the facility during the
annual Comcast Cares Day.

“Comcast NBCUniversal is dedicated to helping rebuild the communities
affected by the devastating 2017 wildfires in Northern California,” said
John Gauder, Regional Vice President for Comcast in California. “The
support for the Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center, along with our
$1.6 million donation for the 2017 North Bay fire relief efforts, show
that Comcast is fully committed to serving the communities where we live
and work. We were here to provide support when the crisis first
occurred. And we will stay engaged for whatever timeframe is required to
help the community heal.”

The new facility provides services on a year-round basis to students and
families, including:

  • Academic Support – a SRCS certificated teacher to provide tutoring,
    books, computers.
  • Counseling – crisis counselors to provide support and referrals, for
    students and parents.
  • Basic Nursing Services – a school nurse to provide vision and hearing
    screening, school-related health information and health referrals.
  • Childcare Services for families using the Center.

The Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center is located at the Lewis Campus
buildings at 2232 Lomitas Ave. in Santa Rosa.

About Santa Rosa City Schools

Santa Rosa City Schools is the largest school district in Sonoma County,
serving 16,000 students in 24 schools. The district has won statewide
recognition for its Equity and Social Justice Initiative, and its 1,600
staff members embrace the motto of “Every Student, Every Possibility, No
Matter What.” In October 2017, the district lost an elementary school
and a high school farm to deadly wildfires that swept through Northern
California. The fires destroyed more than 6,000 structures in Sonoma
County, including the homes of 800 students and 90 staff members. This
devastating loss will shape the needs of our community for years to come.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology
company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and
Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video,
high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under
the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It
also provides wireless and security and automation services to
residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global
and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and
Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations,
television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and
Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment
companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content
through its pay television services. It also provides communications
services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless
services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and
entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive
content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com
for more information.

Contacts

Comcast
Joan Hammel
925-519-4874
joan_hammel@comcast.com

Adriana Arvizo
925-200-1919
adriana_arvizo@comcast.com

Santa Rosa City Schools
Beth Berk
707-890-3800 x80526
(office)
707-477-1271 (mobile)
bberk@srcs.k12.ca.us

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