Community center’s holiday baskets brighten season for Alameda County families

SAN LEANDRO — Rose Padilla-Johnson doesn’t just recognize the community she serves year-round as CEO of the Davis Street Community Center.

She also remembers when she resembled it.

“The people who come to Davis Street are us. I was a single parent with three kids 25 years ago. And I was what people called the working poor,” she said.

“It’s people that you would never think need help or even want help, people who are not asking for a handout, they’re asking for a hand up.”

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