Stanislaus County Center of Human Services honored

The Center for Human Services picked up a pair of honors recently.

It received the Mother-Baby Friendly Award from The Breastfeeding Coalition of Stanislaus County for being a supporter of breast- feeding mothers.

The award recognizes employers who support mothers who want to continue to provide breast milk for their children while at work, and who comply with the 2002 California Lactation Accommodation Law.

The center received a $150,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation, extending an ongoing grant for at least 36 more months.

The funding will be used to support and sustain emergency shelter and transitional living services in Stanislaus County for homeless, runaway and emancipated foster youth. Hutton House and Pathways are funded in part by this grant.

Created in 1992 as a private, independent foundation, its mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

The American Legion Post 74 honored Mike Stavrakakis of Modesto as its Legionnaire of the Year for his outstanding service and dedication to the American Legion and all its programs during a recent dinner. Stavrakakis has been a tireless worker for veterans. He’s collected and distributed more than 13,000 books, DVDs, videos and afghans to veterans hospitals and clinics in Northern California. He’s also collected wheelchairs, walkers and toiletries for disabled veterans.

Modesto native Ian Grimbleby is back in town, joining the Grimbleby Coleman CPAs Inc. firm after spending several years working elsewhere. Grimbleby graduated from Modesto Christian High in 2000 and went on to graduate from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

He has worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles and in Aberdeen, Scotland. He will specialize in audits with Grimbleby Coleman, which has offices in Modesto and Oakdale.

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