La Familia Counseling Center, Inc.
To improve the quality of life for at-risk youth and families of diverse backgrounds by offering multi-cultural counseling, support and outreach services and programs to help families to overcome adversity, to become empowered, and to succeed in their lives.
California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is a state grant for the purpose of evaluating community defined practices. 35 agencies in the state are evaluating their culturally relevant practices, and La Familia is in the Latino cohort, to assist Latino adults with navigating the mental health system, and with warm handoffs and short term therapy to help stabilize urgent mental health needs. Personally assisting with the connection to services is hopefully going to show positive retention, and coming from a Latino cultural basis using practices specific for Latinos should prove to be a valuable asset in the future for mental health systems of care.
CRDP has just completed the first cycle and from the first cycle we have learned that the clientele are in great need of Mental Health Services.
La Familia has a Project REACH program that serves: youth PR proposes to serve a minimum of 72 high risk youth from underserved populations (10-21 years old) who are at risk of dropping out of school and/or pre-gang or gang involved youth will be provided with multi-cultural counseling, outreach, and support services. The community will benefit from the increased positive participation of youth in their community.
Project REAL program that serves: Project REAL offers positive alternatives, counseling, and supportive services for at risk youth ages 16-21; such as individual/family counseling, home/school visits, paid and unpaid internships, youth development activities, gang prevention, and dropout prevention.
Gang Violence Suppression program that offers: The first quarter has started out with us continuing to outreach to youth and their families. With the GVS grant, LFCC is able to target services to at-risk youth (youth affiliated or at risk of affiliation, on probation, dropping out of school, truancy issues, and those with behavioral issues negatively impacting them at home, community, and school). LFCC has also provided case management services by connecting youth at-risk with other resources and referrals, such as: Project REAL and Project REACH, SETA employment programs, Birth & Beyond family resources, mental health therapy, substance abuse programs, anger management services, shelters, domestic violence counseling, family services, and many other social and community services.
We have attended the truancy sweeps where we offered services and assisted the families who were struggling with many issues that contributed to their students being truants.
- Our Project REACH program has been operating for over 30 years; our Gang Violence Suppression program has been operating for over 20 years; our newest program is our Project REAL program which is in its 2nd year.
- These three programs are similar in their outcomes; we had a very successful event the 3 on 3 with Sacramento Police Department event. The event was attended by over 50 families. We had 12 officers playing 3 on 3 with 35 kids. It was a great event that brought law enforcement and the community together in a positive activity.
The Birth and Beyond Program (B&B) is funded by the First Five Commission and the Sacramento County Department of Human Services (DHHS), and monitored by the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). B&B provides support services and parenting education to families with children 0-17 through various modes such as Home Visitation, Effective Parenting classes, Crisis Intervention support, medical transportation, parent support groups/activities, school readiness preparation, and car seat safety training. Various health and safety, child development, celebratory events, and support services are provided to all families. B&B focuses on training and support to enhance parenting skills that develop into positive parent-child relationships. La Familia's Birth & Beyond Program annually serves 4,000+ families at the Family Resource Center (FRC), 200+ families receive Parenting classes and 550 Sacramento and Galt children's parents receive training and support through home visitation. The FRC and Parenting classes of La Familia serves the South Sacramento, Galt and the Downtown areas.
1. Mom was referred by Sutter Hospital in December 2017. When home visitor began to work with her she was extremely stressed out. Her husband was out of work and they were living with his parents struggling to make ends meet. Mom entered this country seeking asylum because she was attacked in her home town in Mexico. Her seven year old son tried to defend her and was assaulted. He has such a badly broken arm that it requires surgery. Mom is undergoing a legal process and must gather proof about the incident to a San Francisco Court. Mom is new to the area and still learning about the U.S. and Sacramento. Mom currently participates in home visitation services and is actively involved in many services La Familia Counseling Center offers. They have attended Parent Support Group, La Posada, and the Trunk-or-Treat Event. Our Transportation Specialist took her son to the hospital for evaluation. The Home Visitor helped mom secure sons Social Security card and copies of his birth certificate. Mom received a Turkey from La Familia Counseling Center and was extremely grateful as this was a special dinner she was able to make for her family. Mom and family also received gifts from La Familia's Adopt-a-Child program. The children were very excited about seeing Christmas presents in their home. Mom was also referred to the Sacramento Food Bank, where she receives "bucks" for taking classes and later uses the "bucks" to purchase diapers, baby clothes and toys from their in-house store. Mom feels supported. She has shared with Home Visitor she is not as stressed out as she was a few months ago, and has learned how to take care of herself. She is very grateful for the transportation services and help in navigating various resources. Shriners Hospital has scheduled the surgery for her sons arm in early February 2018. Dad has secured a job and they are in the process of moving to their own place. Mom is more positive and feels better about the future.
2. When mom entered the Birth and Beyond Program services at La Familia Counseling Center she was stressed and struggling with her children. Her daughter was being bullied at school and also suffered low self-esteem. Mom's son was consistently getting reports from school for his bad behavior. Since mom has been receiving home visitation services (about two months) she has shown great improvement in her parenting. Mom struggled with setting limits, following through with logical consequences, instead of yelling and spanking. At only two months into the program, Mom has already expressed that she no longer believes in spanking! In fact, she said that the nurturing parenting classes has helped her relationship with her husband. Mom said that he was impressed that she does not yell at him or the kids like she used to. Mom is learning the value of self-care and empathy. Her relationship with her children has also improved. Instead of yelling and spanking, MOC has learned to set limits, establish family rules and be consistent with consequences and rewards in the home. Having more structure in the home has helped her five-year-old son to behave better in school. His teacher commented on his good behavior and told MOC to continue doing whatever she was doing at home because it was helping her son. Also, mom's eight-year-old daughter was being bullied at school in part due to her weight. After encouraging the daughter to participate in after school programs and clubs, the daughter has garnered healthy friendships with other girls at school. She participates in the Sign Language Club and after school homework club and plans to participate in Girl Scouts next summer. Most importantly her daughter's self-esteem has improved due to moms praise, nurturing talk and encouragement. The daughter is excelling in reading and is now at an advanced reading level according to her teacher. MOC looks forward to learning more about how to become a nurturing parent and work more on herself. Mom is grateful for the Birth and Beyond Program and services she's receiving in Galt and is spreading the word to other parents that can benefit from the program.
Children's Mental Health services are provided to Medi-Cal eligible children ages 0-21, providing services in the community at a location convenient for the family. Psychiatry services are available to those who need more supportive services. There are 280 to 350 children at any given time receiving services. Cultural diversity is seen in the staff who provide the beneficial services to the communities served. Also, working with the Mental Health program is our Supporting Community Connections program which is educating the Latino Community to recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal tendencies.
- La Familia has been providing outstanding quality Children's Mental Health services throughout Sacramento County which has resulted in always being in demand, the community members requesting services only to be at La Familia because they "know about the services and we only want La Familia."
- A lady came to the office to see staff in the Supporting Community Connections program accompanied by her husband. They came to the USA not too long ago. The lady suffers from Diabetes and a relative was sending her the medicines to control her illness. She had not been given medication for more than a month. They said she went to various places without help. This couple explained that they do not have the financial means to pay for medication that is extremely expensive in a private clinic. This was the only option they gave her in one of the places she went to ask for help. Someone recommended she go to La Familia for the SCC Program. The lady was in her deteriorated health, desperate and in crisis when she was able to visit us. SCC helped her to get Medi-Cal. The next day she was able to get the medication. After a week they returned to visit us and thanked us for saving her life. Now she feels good and wants to participate in other programs that SCC offers; such as Support Groups and MHFA training. She also became interested in the ESL classes at the La Familia Maple Neighborhood Center.
La Familia's Career Center provides job seekers and employers with access to recruitment, engagement, training, and job placement. Knowledgeable and experienced staff offer open computer and tutoring lab, higher education and training opportunities, resume preparation, interviewing skill building, computer classes, and job fairs/employment events are offered.
Our Out of School youth program is a year long experience that provides services to help youth 17-24 improve their job skills, explore different career possibilities and find permanent employment. Also in partnership with Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) and local employers we provide job placement assistance in our On the Job (OJT) program. A program designed to train and provide jobs for DHA's program participants. Our services are offered in English or Spanish and we offer extended lab hours. These programs combined serve approximately 1,700 annual customers in the Sacramento County. Also, at our Maple Neighborhood Center we partner with Highlands Community Charter & Technical School who offer: English as a Second Language, Citizenship classes as well as GED preparation for adults.
Mi Nombre es M.E.Z.
"Primero quiero day las gracias a esta agencia La Familia counseling center, me siento orgullosa de tener un lugar como este hace 13 anos que llegue a Sacramento aqui e recibido el apoyo e informacion que nececitaba para todo lo que yo queria saber, este era mi refugio a mi guia porque no es facil ser madre soltera y unico apoyo aqui lo encontre, mis hijos participan en diferentes programas, como karate, consejeria familiar individual visitas ala casa, tu be y tengo el apoyo y ese calorhumano de todos los trabajadores, y voluntaries que forman La Familia siempre contamos con el apoyo e informacion, y para traducirnos del Ingles al Espanol. Para sacarnos copias, y cuando tenia que llenar documentos. Y aqui empeze con el apoyo de migracion aqui me acesoraron y llenaron los documentos para hacerme recidente y qui mismo,tome las clases para la cuidadania ya tome mi examen con migracion fui aprobada tengo mi juramento el 24 de Enero para ir por mi certificado de cuidadania. De este lugar Sali yo, y como hispana me siento orgullosa de todos mis logros me siento parte de La Familia Counseling Center." (English version is below)
My name is M. E. Z.
"First of all, I would like to thank this agency - La Familia Counseling Center. I feel so proud to have a place like this because when I arrived in Sacramento 13 years ago I received the support and information that I needed for almost all my needs. This agency was my refuge and my guide, because it is not easy being a single mother in a new country, this was the only support I found. My children participated in various programs offered here like: Karate, counseling, (for my family and individual services), they even made home visits. I had/have, the human kindness (support) from all the staff and your volunteers that form La Familia. We always count with all your services such as: translating from English to Spanish, making copies of different documents, helping us understand what the document meant, and all the other services you offered. It was here that I that I first received support for my immigration status. It was here, that I filled out paperwork for my permanent residency and then where I attended classes to become a citizen! I took my exam with the immigration board and passed. I will be making my oath to become a citizen this month on 1/24/18. I take great pride and I feel great honor to be able to become a citizen from this place where I started. As a Hispanic woman I am proud of all my achievements, I feel part of La Familia Counseling Center!" (Spanish version above)
Youth come to La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., seeking assistance and once you start working with them you realize many youth are facing serious challenges that have impeded them finishing their education or obtaining a job. As a Case Manager in the Out of School youth program I have been working with a client who had dropped out of high school and recently returned to Sacramento and wanted to stay away from negative influences. He maximized his opportunities within the program, showing a renewed commitment to education and completed his tutoring quickly. He was placed at Rite Aid for job skills. Very quickly he had become a shining star and a model employee. The store manager stated that she intends to hire our client after his committed OSY hours and put him on a training path to being a store manager in the company due to his commitment and his work ethic.
Funded through The California Endowment, the Youth Voice program provides leadership opportunities for minority youth to get involved in their communities and explore their potential while contributing to a violent free and healthy community. Youth develop leadership projects and activities and advocate for issues they identify as necessary for their success. The Community Health Navigator program helps community members learn about and manage their chronic disease. The program provides outreach and education on health issues to the Latino community. Transportation, referrals and access to health services are provided. The Medi-Cal Enrollment program assists individuals and families to have health coverage and educate them about the importance of having health insurance. The program conducts outreach and enrollment activities designed to reach targeted populations. Once enrolled, individuals and families are placed in a retention program to help them navigate the health care system.
- From the funds raised in the Big Day of Giving 2017, the staff and youth were able to offer a Summer Camp (lunch) program which we served over 300 youth.
- We have extended our services to a former elementary school. This is now the Maple Neighborhood Community Center, now that we are at Maple we housed the Summer Camp, since we have Partners i.e. 916Ink and FairyTale Adventure Playground the youth were also able to participate with these Partners.
- With the help of La Familia's Community Health Navigators, clients learn how to manage their care, medicine, and look to a healthier diet. Our Community Health Navigators worked with a client that came in and has been able to surpass a life changing kidney transplant. Having been a dialysis patient for approximately eight years, the client has now become more self-sufficient in managing health and being the sole care provider for his 12 year old son. The Community Health Navigators completed and facilitated several Health and Diabetes courses for their clients and community. La Familia has been outreaching and assisting the community throughout Sacramento County in the Medi-Cal enrollments; we are also working in Galt and Walnut Grove.
La Familia is a site for an independent studies school, Community Collaborative Charter School. A teacher, along with a teacher's aide, comes on site to offer classes for students wanting to complete their high school diplomas five days a week.
New this year at the Maple Neighborhood Center we will be starting our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program this will assist our students with their achievement in core skills, working with the STEM program we plan to start an after school tutoring program, coding classes, and other activities. La Familia offers recreational/seasonal services and activities to the community for little to no cost. Free Zumba classes and Karate are offered weekly for youth, adults and community members. La Familia hosts an Annual Health and Safety Fair for school readiness, Annual Halloween event, Annual Operation Gobble for the Thanksgiving holiday, a free summer lunch program, Adopt-a-Child for winter holidays, a workshop for Latino Behavioral Health, and other health, education and community events. In conjunction with the free summer lunch program, Club Excel offers recreational activities, arts and crafts, youth leadership development. La Familia Maple Neighborhood Center has been a great addition, last year we were able to be offer Ballet Folkorico for children, Theatre classes, diabetes awareness, healthy living-healthy choices, immigration awareness.
In the summer of 2017, La Familia served an average of 2,864 lunches that were provided by the YMCA for up to 300 youth coming to La Familia for the summer activity program.