About Us

Community United San José was created in 2008 by Executive Director, Donna Stewart and Associate Director, Jan Nikitin.  It is the first official chapter of its parent organization, Happy House, a California non-profit benefit corporation that was founded in 2005 by renowned voice-over actress and philanthropist Nancy Cartwright.  Its mission is "to help bring about a safer community by building better families".

To visit the website of Happy House, go to: www.happyhouse.org

21 Tools for Making Good Choices

Happy House and Community United San José have been delivering "The Good Choices Program" to youth in local community centers, PALs, Boys and Girls Clubs and charter schools.  The program is based on the book "The Way to Happiness" (a non-religious, common sense moral guide) by L. Ron Hubbard that covers 21 principles for one to live by that foster personal integrity, responsibility, respect, caring and productivity—putting a person on the road to success.

Our target audience is low income and under-served youth who are vulnerable to gang or crime involvement, ages 6-18 years.

To visit the website of The Good Choices Program, go to: www.goodchoicesprogram.org

Becoming a Lead Service Provider for At-Risk Youth

In July 2011, due to the success of the "Good Choices Program", Community United San José entered into contract with the City of San José to take over management of both the Starbird and Alma Youth Centers.  Both centers were scheduled to be shut down due to city budget cuts.

Community United San José took charge and is now the lead service provider for both youth centers, providing daily after-school services to kids who would otherwise have no safe place to go.  

In addition to the "Good Choices Program", other programs are now being delivered such as:

•  Homework Club 
•  Computer Labs
•  Sports Events
•  Recreational activities

We continually partner with community groups, neighborhood associations, local churches and local community members.

San José Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force

Since 2008, Community United San José has been a member of the San José Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force and performs a vital role by delivering the Good Choices Program to youth at both the Starbird Youth Center and the Alma Youth Center. Both locations are deemed "hot spots" of crime, gang activity and at-risk youth.

Community United has been awarded the "Safe Summer Initiative" Grant for the past eight years from the City of San José to help keep their programs going during the summer months, and to continue creating a positive influence in these neighborhoods.

Community United San José:
Donna Stewart, Executive Director
Jan Nikitin, Associate Director
Stephanie Black, Program Director
Erin Vokey, Volunteer Coordinator, Site Manager
Jorge Torres, Youth Activities Supervisor
Karen Dippel, Marketing Director
Sandra Figueroa, Search Engine Marketing Director
Linda Rost, Bookkeeper
Stuart Rosenbaum, Golf Tournament Director
Marie Guénat Rosenbaum, Golf Tournament Coordinator
Rusty Fenn, Campaigner


Board of Directors
Happy House:

Carol Loweree, President
Nancy Cartwright, Director
Marty Kassowitz, Director
Bobbi Kassowitz, Director
Monica Gil, Board Chairman


Two Locations:

Our programs are delivered
in two locations:

Lead Service Provider at:

Starbird Youth Center

1050 Boynton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95117


Service provider at:

Alma Youth Center

136 West Alma Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110