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  • 2017 - 02.10

    COVID-19 Update – as of June 26, 2020

    The JMP is closed over the summer, but we will be back in the fall!

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we don’t yet know if we’ll be back in the building or providing support through tele-health services, but one way or another, we will be here to support the ECHS community.

    If you want to speak with a JMP counselor in the fall, please get back in touch with us after school starts, August 17th, 2020.

    Our JMP Director, Jenn Rader, will be checking email periodically over the summer. Her email address is: jenn@jmhop.org

    If you need immediate counseling/mental health support, call or text one of the following community organizations: 

    Urgent Counseling Related Services:

    • In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance
    • Seneca Mobile Crisis Response Team: (877) 441-1089 (24 hr phone support)
    • California Youth Crisis Line: 800-843-5200 (24 hours)
    • Call TeenLine Online: (800) TLC-TEEN from 6pm to 10pm PST 
    • The Trevor Project: (for LGBTQ Youth – 24 hours)  
      • Phone 1-866-488-7386 
      • Text START to 678678

    Texting Hotlines: 

    • Text “safe” to 20121 (Local, between 4pm-11pm)
    • Text 741-741 (24 hours)
    • Text “TEEN” to 839-863 (Teens helping teens, 6pm-9pm)


    See this link for other Community Resources and Financial  Supports compiled  by JMP / Lista de Recursos Financieros y otros Recursos JMP:



    Welcome to the James Morehouse Project website. The James Morehouse Project (JMP) works to create positive change in the El Cerrito High School community through health services, counseling and youth development, and school-wide initiatives. The James Morehouse Project has three main types of program areas:

    • Medical & Dental Services—Basic medical services (sports physicals, vaccinations, TB tests), reproductive health care (birth control and screening for STI’s & pregnancy), and dental services (cleanings, exams, fillings) are provided by Contra Costa  County Health Services.
    • Counseling & Youth Development—Drop-in support, individual counseling, peer conflict mediation, and supportive youth development groups are provided by the James Morehouse Project staff and interns, and partners from a range of community agencies.
    • Restorative School-Wide Programs—JMP school-wide activities (such as restorative circles, teacher and staff support, parent support, ELAC youth group, and classroom dynamic mindfulness) strengthen and sustain a safe and caring school community for all students, parents and staff.

    From its formation in 1999 until January 2010, the James Morehouse Project was known as the ECHS Community Project. We took James Morehouse’s name to honor his 35 years of service to the El Cerrito High School community. Mr. Morehouse loved, mentored and inspired two generations of staff and students (from 1968-2003) and in taking on his name, we commit to carrying on his legacy of love, respect and service for generations to come.

    The JMP is open 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information about specific programs and services, please call (510) 965-4401, or stop by ECHS, Room A-210.

    How to get involved or access services:

    Youth can connect with all of our services and programs directly by dropping by the James Morehouse Project, at ECHS – Room A210, or friends, teachers, parents and others can refer students by filling out our orange “Resource Request” form available at the James Morehouse Project, the ECHS Counselors’ Offices, Student Services, or the ECHS Main Office.

    To Make a Tax-Deductible Donation on-line to the James Morehouse Project, use the Donate button below, and please note that your donation is for the JMP!