1900 East 8th Street
Davis, CA 95616
Fax: (530) 758-8521
E-mail: steac@steac.org


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Welcome to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, better known around Yolo County as STEAC (spelled differently, but pronounced the same as the steak, the meat). STEAC is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the county and is located in Davis, a central California community some 15 miles west of Sacramento.

A volunteer-oriented organization, STEAC's purpose is to provide immediate, short-term emergency assistance with basic necessities to families and individuals in Yolo County, California, whose incomes are at or below the federal poverty level.

Founded in 1967, STEAC provides rental and utility assistance and food to those in need. Over the years, STEAC has come to be recognized as providing a critical safety net for those whose needs cannot be met by other charitable or government agencies. For needy residents, STEAC is often the agency of last resort for assistance.

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STEAC Seeks Donation of a Replacement Van

The Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) is seeking donation of a van to be used to pick up and deliver food for hungry low-income residents of Davis.

According to Tom Martens, STEAC executive director, the van would replace a 1998 Dodge Caravan that was donated a year ago, but with an engine problems that are too expensive to repair.

“Basically,” said Martens. “The engine blew a head gasket, which ended its short, but meaningful life at STEAC.”

The van is used to transport donated canned food from neighborhoods and from a warehouse in Dixon to the organization’s food closet in Davis.

 Anyone willing to donate a van should contact the STEAC office at 1900 E. 8th St. in Davis, call 530-758-8435 or send an e-mail to steac@steac.org.

STEAC is California nonprofit organization that has earned tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, so donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Work

For nearly 50 years, STEAC has been providing emergency assistance to poverty-level county residents, including cash assistance for rent and utilities to prevent evictions or help families and individuals move into permanent housing. Additionally, STEAC’s Suit Up for Success Program helps low-income residents seeking employment by providing work attire for job interviews. STEAC also distributes free food to over 3,000 individuals annually from a Davis closet.

STEAC's volunteers provide assistance to residents who are referred by public and nonprofit agencies. After a screening, the volunteers determine whether residents qualify for assistance from the programs offered by STEAC.

CLICK HERE to download a brochure about STEAC and our programs.

< Click here to read the STEAC 2014-15 Annual Report >

Holiday Program 2015 is a Big Success
with 390 Families Adopted

Boxes of food and gifts at First Baptist Church waiting to be distributed to low-income Davis residents.

The annual STEAC Holiday was a big success. Generous friends of STEAC adopted 390 families, proving them with food, gifts, coats and books.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, the weather gods smiled on us as the adopted families picked up their gift boxes at the First Baptist Church in Davis. The day is known by STEAC volunteers and supporters as "Distribution Day." This who live in Davis know that a rain storm rolled through on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 and drenched the area with much-needed rain.

We shudder to imagine what distribution day would have been like if the storm had hit a day earlier. Anyway, distribution day was perfect -- lots of smiles and good cheer -- just as it should be for the holidays. Again thanks to all who participated!

To see photographs of distribution day, click here.

STEAC Welcomes Charitable Donations

STEAC relies overwhelmingly on donations from its Friends to provide the financial support for its programs. Cash donations may be made online by clicking on the DONATE button, or sent to the STEAC office at 1900 E. Eighth St., Davis, CA 95616. STEAC is a nonprofit organization that has earned tax-exempt status from the IRS, which means all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (IRS ID #94-6138684).

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STEAC Needs More Food Project Participants

The STEAC Food Project was created as a way for supporters to provide regular donations of food for distribution from the closet. The goal of the project is to augment food that gets donated from our many community drives. Typically, the closet runs low on certain food items between the drives. The project asks supporters to become regular donors of food items that are needed. CLICK HERE for more information on how to become a participant.

Assistance with Clothing

Please note that STEAC no longer has a general clothes program or closet. Donors, however, can donate clothes to STEAC's partners, All Things Right and Relevant (Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2801 Spafford St., Davis. 530-759-9649) or My Sister's Closet (530 Main St., Woodland. 530-669-6739). These nonprofit groups sell the clothes, and the money is used for STEAC to purchase business attire for the Suit Up for Success Program.