West County Care Center Director

Contesa Tate has extensive experience in the field of outreach, counseling and therapy and advocates for mental and social development.
Contesa passionately leads and organizes empowerment programs, self sufficiency workshops as well as topic specific trainings to empower individuals to have confidence in achieving their spiritual, educational, wellness and
recovery goals.
With years of experience in working with At Risk populations , Contesa Tate has helped individuals who were homeless, addicted to alcohol or other drugs, suicidal and in crisis, mentally ill, conflicts with the law, rape and abuse and more. She also served as a County
Service Coordinator in which she assisted homeless adults, and veterans, in attaining financial benefits and local and government aid and assistance.
Contesa’s interest to provide empowerment services led to creating A Virtuous Women Ministry,
a ministry she created in 2008 while earning her Baccalaureate Degrees at the University of California, Davis. The ministry provides a save and non judgemental environment where adult and young women could give
testimonies, ask for spiritual guidance and reassurance. It also was a place to network, give comfort, share the word and listen to our fellow believers in Christ.
With a growing interest in serving the community by way of mental, social and spiritual health,
Contesa continued her education and earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology with an
Emphasis on Marriage, Family Therapy in 2014.
Along with her education in secular maters, Contesa was eager to expand her education spiritually, thus earning her License as an Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ.
With Passion and dedication, Contesa currently serves as a Public Speaker, Board Member of her local Church and works in collaboration with local organizations to bring awareness and
eradication to Human and Sex Trafficking, provides case management and Mental Health therapy to Transitional Aged Youth, Adults and their families.
Currently, Contesa has joined the leadership team at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), where she will serve as the new West Contra Costa County CARE Center Director.
In this position she strives to continue to use her leadership, clinical and advocacy skills to help her Multidisciplinary team service the homeless and disenfranchised community, link to mental health services, alochol and drug treatment and obtain resources to prevent and erradicate homelessness.
For fun and inspirational matters, Contesa hosted an Online Radio Show and Blog, where she interviewed powerful and influential people all over the country as well as promote Christian
ministries, testimonies, education, Gospel Artists, Authors and community leaders and events.
She also teamed with her husband, Elder William Tate Jr, and created “Talking With the Tate’s”, a ministry purposed to encourage healthy marriages, and personal development.
Contesa takes pride and joy in being a faithful Wife and Mother to her beautiful daughter and handsome son!