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Innovative and Dedicated Approach
DSAL is a nonprofit organization partnering with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on its revolutionary Community Capitals Policing initiative to improve the lives and health of area residents and improve public safety in the community.

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Together, we can create the future of public safety in Alameda County.

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Alameda County Supervisor
Richard Valle’s Innovative and Dedicated Approach to Helping His Community

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle met DSAL’s founders, Hilary Bass and Captain Marty Neideffer (then a Lieutenant), in 2012, when Valle was running for the District Two Supervisor seat. The three connected immediately over the need to divert people—especially youth—away from the criminal justice system. Valle was also enthusiastic about DSAL’s plans to improve public safety through urban farming at Dig Deep Farms by growing healthy produce for the community while also creating jobs and internship opportunities for youth and formerly incarcerated people.

“I thought the farm was a unique way of inviting young people in to understand farming and food and how fresh food gets to the table,” said Valle. “It was a great alternative for young people who are looking for a sense of direction.”

“The way they structured Dig Deep is aligned with what I've done all of my life with young people in Union City around recycling and also what we've done with Raising Leaders, an initiative that provides jobs and internships at Tri-CED Recycling,” he said. Tri-CED Community Recycling was founded by Valle more than 25 years ago to employ at-risk youth and provide union jobs for local residents.

Valle ended up winning the election, and as the District Two Supervisor, he has partnered with DSAL and other community-based organizations to solve a range of long-standing issues, with a particular focus on youth development, employment, and training. Valle received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Chabot College Gladiator Award for his innovative approach to helping at-risk youth and his dedication to his community.

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Are You Having Trouble
Paying Rent?

Cherryland Elementary, the Eden Renters Union, Padres Unidos de Cherryland, Ashland Community Association, and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Clinic are holding a Rental Assistance Fair, June 25th, 3-6 p.m. at Cherryland Elementary School, 456 Laurel Ave, Cherryland, CA. Learn about how to apply for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 


Mark Your Calendars for
DSAL Night at Oakland Roots SC,
August 28, 2021

The Oakland Roots Sports Club, a community-based soccer club and a force for social good, is now an official sponsor of the DSAL and Sheriff’s FC soccer clubs! The DSAL/Oakland Roots partnership includes DSAL Night at the Roots’ August 28th home game. DSAL night at Oakland Roots SC will feature the Rhythm Cadets Drumline, a half-time Muévete! performance, autographs, a high-five tunnel, and much more. Throughout the season, the Roots will provide discounted season and individual game tickets for players and their families, player appearances and autograph sessions at DSAL and Sheriff’s FC practices, a chance for DSAL players to train with Oakland Roots, and much more!

Introducing DSAL Wrestling!

That’s right! DSAL now offers free, co-ed wrestling for preschool through high school-aged youth residing in or attending schools within the Ashland, Cherryland, and San Lorenzo communities. Located at the Hayward Adult School at 22100 Princeton Street, DSAL Wrestling will provide kids with a fun, team-oriented experience at practices and competitions, emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork, skill building, physical conditioning, goal setting, hard work, and a winning attitude. Our goal is to help guide our athletes to become the best and prepare them to face all of life’s challenges.

Visit DSAL’s website to learn more or email DSAL Wrestling Coach Sabrina Ross with questions.

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Health is Safety in the time of COVID-19
DSAL’s Food & Wellness Efforts March 16, 2020 to June 30, 2021:

Bags of Groceries Delivered


Prepared Meals Delivered to Seniors & Families by 30 vendors

well-being check-ins 
made by DSAL coaches  

Pounds of food recovered & delivered


New boxing registrations    

Summer camp registrations    


Children at Canchitas Learning Hub   

Reentry Internship and Driver Hours    

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