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City Officials Partner With Stockton PACE
Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty, Councilmember Erika Bell-Copitzke Chiara and city staffer Patrick Mondragon were among those that helped deliver personal care kits to more than 50 individuals, in cooperation with the PACE program out of Stockton. Photo Contributed

Anticipating a large group of displaced people seeking lodging at local hotels due to fires in the area, a request from the City of Oakdale put staff at Stockton PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) into action.

Concern for these fire victims prompted a representative from the City of Oakdale to reach out to Stockton PACE to garner support. Staff quickly began assembling 100 personal care kits. Each kit includes shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, feminine products, chapstick, hand sanitizer and other various and sundry items.

Joined by Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty, Oakdale City Councilmember Erika Bell-Copitzke Chiara and Patrick Mondragon from the City of Oakdale staff delivered to more than 50 individuals, while the remaining kits were taken to the local senior center for their low-income population.

Director of Outreach and Enrollment Director of Stockton PACE Kristi Halva stated: “We are excited to partner with the City of Oakdale to help meet the needs of those affected by the fires in the region. Each recipient was appreciative of the items that will help them during this unexpected situation.”

The staff of Stockton PACE will be attending a city council meeting in the near future to share more information about the PACE program that is available for vulnerable seniors in the community.

“The added benefit of this day was the opportunity to get to know the leaders of Oakdale while working alongside them to distribute the personal care kits,” Halva added.

For more information on the PACE program, visit