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Gemma is a non-profit program that supports women of Santa Cruz County to build a strong, stable, safe and structured re-entry back into the community after incarceration.
*If you are looking for the men's R.I.S.E. program, please visit R.I.S.E's web page.
Gemma’s purpose is to assist women to successfully reintegrate and become contributing members of the community after incarceration. Gemma educates and empowers women in the transformation of their lives through safe, structured, skill-building support to help stop the “revolving door” cycle of incarceration.
The Gemma Program is comprised of three components:
Gemma was founded in 2003 by two women in jail struggling with addiction and tired of cycling from jail to homelessness. In July 2006, Gemma merged with CAB and in September 2007, Gemma opened its doors to the first residents of the Gemma House. (more)
Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, and by appointment
Friday, by appointment only
Closed every day from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cynthia Chase, LCSW
501 Soquel Avenue, Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062