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Danville Nonprofit Finds Success in Challenging Times

For nonprofit organizations, it can feel like feast or famine when it comes to gathering resources. As a local community bank, we’re keenly aware of the financial struggles that nonprofits face. And, we’re here to find creative solutions for their unique financial needs.

Since 2014, we’ve been doing just that as the banking partner to the Discovery Counseling Center of San Ramon Valley. 

As a beacon of hope for many in our community, Discovery Counseling Center makes a promise to help people stay safe, connected, and healthy in times of difficulty and during life transitions. Their expertise and knowledge of mental health, traumatic events, and addiction coupled with culturally appropriate and affordable care are invaluable to destigmatizing mental health in the community.

The center takes mental wellness and applies it to the diverse communities of the San Ramon Valley, with about 10,000 client sessions per year. They serve as a partner to their clients, identifying, addressing, and holistically supporting their needs so they can live healthy and productive lives. As a staple in the community for over 50 years, they operate a counseling center for individuals and group therapy in Danville and San Ramon, youth programs in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and a second-hand store, the Thrift Station, which financially supports the nonprofit’s programs.

Discovery Counseling Center has always guided their clients through challenging times, just like Community Bank of the Bay (CBB). It’s why, during the pandemic, they reached out to us for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. 

With help from CBB, Discovery Counseling Center received a PPP loan to maintain operations of their thrift store while creating new strategies for resilience and providing services to the community. “It’s why we stayed open and provided this community with the mental health support they needed through the pandemic,” said executive director Kathy Chiverton.

“We’ve been able to [continue operating] because of The Thrift Station. The Thrift Station raises one-third of our income, and it is what enables us to tell a mom who has called and said, ‘Our child needs help so badly, but we have no money. We’ll take a second mortgage out on our home to afford to get him the support he needs.’ And I can say to that mom, ‘You don’t have to do that.’

We’re proud to make it our mission to serve clients like the Discovery Counseling Center of San Ramon Valley. Contact us to learn more about how we can serve your nonprofit at

By David Meyer, SVP, Relationship Manager, Community Bank of the Bay

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Community Bank of the Bay

Established in 1996, Community Bank of the Bay (CBB) is an independent, community-focused bank. Our mission is to foster and promote economic development in the communities we serve. We take the time to listen, understand, and develop customized financial solutions to support the needs of businesses. CBB is a FDIC member, SBA Preferred Lender, and a CDARS depository institution. We are California’s first FDIC-insured certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). 

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