Hope. Freedom. Recovery.
has a home
Soul Space
Hope. Freedom. Recovery.
has a home
Soul Space

A Community Health Home
for Culturally Responsive Social Supports and Resources to
Advance Health and Wellness for African Americans.

A Community Health Home for Culturally Responsive Social Supports and Resources to Advance Health and Wellness for African Americans.

What We Do

SOUL SPACE provides hands-on resources to maintain mental health, substance use prevention, financial stability, and emotional wellness through culturally affirming connections, education, and practical supports.

SOUL SPACE is COST-FREE to the Black community at large. We welcome individuals in unsafe and unhealthy living environments or transitioning from challenging life experiences and referrals from mental health and substance use practitioners.
Soul Space

Holistic Case Management, and Coaching, Support Groups & More

Through one-on-one sessions and in groups, with a collective of experts, professionals, and peers, SOUL SPACE provides a holistic wellness strategy with Black people, including the following core services, classes, and supports:

Individual, confidential assessments and empowerment plans

Case management and navigation supports

Culturally congruent support groups

Life skills education and coaching

Stress reduction, nutrition and fitness education, and classes

Financial empowerment classes and coaching

Employment and training counseling

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Capacity Building & Professional Development Trainings

In addition to Mental Health First Aid, SOUL SPACE offers customized training to build the capacity of community-based organizations and individuals to increase their ability to respond effectively to the behavioral health needs of the Black community.

Featured Speaker

Dr. La Tanya Takla, Clinical Psychologist
Dr La Tanya Takla

Dr. La Tanya Takla is an Educational Psychologist as well as a dually Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. Dr. Takla has been a licensed mental health provider for over a decade and works with a broad spectrum of clients. In addition to clinical practice, she is an Associate Professor at the University of Phoenix and teaches in the Masters in Professional Counseling Program. Dr. Takla is the Director of Spark Center’s Inclusive Mental Health Initiative. She facilitates training for therapists who work with ethnic minorities as well as provides consultation for therapists. Dr. Takla regularly conducts groups and workshops for the unique needs of clients including Healing from Race-Based Trauma and Stress as well as psychoeducation for grief, loss, and coping. Dr. Takla is passionate about providing culturally informed responsive services. She aims to promote therapeutic environments that foster awareness and encourage equitable participation of all groups; while seeking to address and acknowledge issues of oppression, privilege, and power. Dr. Takla is a collaborative, interactive, solution-focused therapist. She provides compassionate support and practical feedback to help clients and community members effectively cope while addressing life challenges.

Upcoming Training

Friday, June 11 @ 3:30pm

Recovery and Growth in the Face of Painful, Disempowering Circumstances

This workshop will explore the roles of resiliency and growth through the lens of the “Post Traumatic Growth” theory (Calhoun & Tedeschi). Post traumatic growth (PTG) will be defined, discussed, and applied to the Black experience in light or racialized trauma. Growth as a response to trauma will be the focus of this workshop. Concepts will be examined through discussion, reflection, and interaction. Topics will include a emphasis on the impact of exposure to racism in daily interactions and the negative impact this has on the health and wellness of Black people. Workshop members will have the opportunity to examine their own experiences of discrimination due to racism and discover growth patterns considering challenges faced. Suggestion and improved coping skills will be taught to increase the likelihood of growth when experiencing racial trauma.

Friday, June 18th @ 3:30pm

Empowerment into Practice

This interactive workshop will define empowerment in terms of healthy patterns that Black people can cultivate to create and sustain psychological wellness. Discover daily actions that can develop healthy emotional patterns, build self-awareness, and validate experiences of belonging. Workshop participants will develop a plan to include empowerment practices that can be turned into a daily routine and used as tips on how to support the empowerment of others.

Featured Workshop

Get Off the $truggle Bu$ and on the Road to Financial Liberation

A COST-FREE full-service online program, funded specifically for Sacramento residents who are Black or of African Ancestry, that helps you keep track of your income, your spending, and everything in between.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop series is designed to be taken in sequence and requires a personal commitment to attend all four weeks.

Featured Speakers

Marianne Boules

Marianne is a is a social justice advocate with a passion for community empowerment through knowledge and education. As the founder of Boules Consulting, Marianne helps nonprofits get the funding they need through grant writing, strategic planning, and infrastructural development.

As a writer, she has published several works focusing on social justice issues both domestically and abroad. Her writing can be found in editorials such as the Scotland-based Dardishi Magazine, the Desert Sun, and Egyptian Streets. She also started her own online editorial called Coptic Voice, a nonprofit organization seeking to empower her own North African diaspora.

Marianne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Riverside School of Public Policy, where she received a full scholarship to obtain her master’s degree as well. She is a certified grant writer (GWC) with a pending certification in Nonprofit Management (NPM). When not working, Marianne enjoys tending to her vegetables at her urban garden, going on long runs with her husband, and baking.

Janice Rooths

Janice is a racial equity and social justice champion who works hard to bring intelligent, insightful, and engaging solutions to individuals, organizations, and communities. As the CEO of RootWize, she helps to strengthen nonprofits, so they can solve the issues of our day.

Over her career, Janice has captured millions of dollars through commercial sales, grant proposals, and fundraising with IBM, Accenture, and Path of Life Ministries, a countywide homeless shelter, housing, and services organization. Janice is President of The Charles A. Bibbs African American Museum and Cultural Center, sits on the City of Riverside Human Relations Commission, and is a co-founder of Antiracist Riverside.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, an Masters of Business Administration from the University of California Riverside, and is a certified Project Management Professional with PMI. Janice is the City of Riverside 2021 Dr. Carlos E. Cortes Award winner for her 2020 work in diversity and inclusivity in the city. She
has three children, and a 3-year old granddaughter.

Upcoming Workshop

July 6 – July 27, 2021 / Every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

4 Week Cohort (2-hour workshops)

Get Off the $truggle Bu$ and on the Road to Financial Liberation

This program’s goal is to increase your financial knowledge so that you have the power to take back control of your own money. This is a four-week program where our course instructors will walk together with you and your classmates to establish or improve your credit, increase savings, and get rid of your debt. These excellent two-hour workshops last for four weeks.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about money, especially when you don’t know where to start. In this workshop, you will learn about the basics of money like taxes, saving, spending, credit, debt, and wealth. The basics of budgeting will be introduced showing how to create a simple spending budget. Along with your cohort- who will become your colleagues, support system, and friends by the end of this course- you will be assigned the task of creating a budget that we will visit as a class in the following week.

Get Off the $truggle Bu$ and on the Road to Financial Liberation, currently being offered by ONTRACK Program Resources, is funded specifically for Sacramento area residents who are Black or of African Ancestry. This workshop series is made possible through our Soul Space Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services African American Trauma Informed Wellness Program. Funding is made possible with Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Prop. 63 Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) funds administered through Sierra Health Foundation.

Alliance of Community Partners

SOUL SPACE is building on an alliance of community partners with a focus on Black residents with essential needs for mental health/substance use prevention, early intervention, and criminal justice reentry services.

For Training Information and Alliance

SOUL SPACE is made possible through

A Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services Time-Limited Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Community-Driven grant, with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Prop. 63 PEI funds administered through the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).

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