The City of Fremont was named the most caring city in the state of California and the fourth most caring city in the nation according to a December 2020 WalletHub study. To determine the most caring cities in America, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: Caring for the Community, Caring for the Vulnerable, and Caring in the Workforce. Fremont ranked second overall in the nation in the Caring for the Vulnerable category.
“We are always proud of the incredible contributions from our community and City staff, and to be recognized at a state and national level for the amount of care, generosity, and selflessness Fremont possesses is a true testament of our City’s character, especially as we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 within our community,” Mayor Lily Mei said. “Moving Fremont Forward we must continue this community caring and kindness as Fremont is stronger together!”
United, Fremont faced a global pandemic, leaner economic circumstances, and more during 2020, and continues to maintain positive momentum into 2021. Here are just a few of the highlights from last year:
- In April, the City of Fremont became one of the first Bay Area cities to open a drive-through, no-cost COVID-19 testing site to test people who were sick, first responders, and front-line healthcare personnel with recent suspected exposure to the virus. It was open in April and May before transitioning to mobile testing.
- In September, the City of Fremont opened its Housing Navigation Center, which provides a clean, safe, calm, and flexible environment for local homeless persons to rebuild their lives and intensely focus on finding stable, permanent housing.
- The Giving Hope Campaign fulfilled the wish lists of 74 families and 143 seniors, including 24 with pet companions. Overall, the community made financial and in-kind contributions totaling more than $70,000 in value.
- The Fremont Police Department expanded its Mobile Evaluation Team (MET) and their hours of availability. A police officer position was added in the fall and the City is currently recruiting for an additional clinician. MET is a field-based response team (officer and clinicians paired together) that provides comprehensive and compassionate services to Fremont’s most vulnerable populations, including community members experiencing homelessness or mental illness.
- Additionally, the Fremont Police Department operated the free You Are Not Alone (YANA) telephone reassurance program for older adults, disabled, and shut-in community members to provide peace of mind and a sense of security.
- More than 20,000 meals were provided to our most vulnerable community members via many partnerships including the Pony.ai and Islander Motel collaboration. Additionally, the City supplemented low-cost meals for purchase at the Age Well Center at Lake Elizabeth (formerly called the Fremont Senior Center).
- The Age Well Center at Lake Elizabeth offered online classes and activities to ensure older adults remained active and felt less isolated.
- The City built a second Age Well Center in South Fremont to further support the growing number of older adults in our community. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this site will be opened when it is deemed safe.
- The Human Services Department operated the free Senior Infoline (510-574-2041) to connect older adults, their families, and community members with information about programs and resources available for the Tri-City area.
The City strives to be a leader of innovation and to promptly address issues raised by its community to support Fremont residents in need. For more information on how to provide financial support for services that empower individuals, strengthen families, encourage self-sufficiency, and enhance neighborhoods, please visit our Donations webpage.