La Familia’s mental health department recently expanded its services to include a new specialty program, the In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT). The In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT) provides outreach and engagement services to adults with untreated mental illness, with the intention of connecting them with psychiatric care and other community supports. They visit participants in their homes, hospitals, jails, and in the community to encourage them to engage in mental health treatment. They serve adults ages 25 and over in Central and Northern Alameda County. Their goal is to reduce the impact of untreated mental illness in these adults and in their families.
The IHOT team receives referrals of people who have a mental illness and are not engaged in ongoing treatment services. Usually a family member, a friend, or another provider contacts the county to request these services. The intention of the services offered is to help prevent an increase in symptoms, added impairments, or more hospitalizations. They schedule appointments with participants, family members, friends, and other providers. They also conduct home visits, return calls, provide psychoeducation, offer some counseling, conduct assessments of needs, research community resources, make arrangements for participants to attend their appointments, and often respond to crisis and urgent situations.
The Developmental Disabilities (DD) staff participated in the STAR Autism Conference of 2016 on October 22, 2016 at the Orinda Community Center. The STAR conference takes place every year and it is the only parent conference in the East Bay dedicated to families of children with Autism.
The theme of the conference this year was “Moving Forward” and it featured workshops and presenters who brought a variety of perspectives and experiences as presenters discussed autism treatment, intervention strategies and therapies, advocacy, and research. The conference also intended to provide time for parents to meet staff from numerous agencies that provide services for children, as well as to meet and network with other parents.
La Familia was honored to receive the AT&T investing in California Award on Friday, November 4th, for the essential services and programs they have provided to improving lives in their communities. Daren Chan with AT&T and Honorary Assembly member Bill Quirk presented the awards to five recipients, La Familia, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, Ruby’s Place, Eden Youth and Family Center and Day Labor Center.
The purpose of the award was to provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing economic growth, educational opportunities and new technologies.
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Toy Drive at our Livermore location. We are hoping to receive support from Toys for Tots and local businesses to enable us to provide toys for 200+ client families in the Tri-Valley area. Children must be between the ages of infant to 12 years. Toy distribution will take place on Friday, December 16th at 1401 Almond Avenue, Livermore, from the hours of 4:30-7:30pm. For more information, contact Melissa Gonzales at (925) 961-8045.
The Dia de los Muertos event was a collaboration between the HDS and the Cultura Y Bienestar programs. It took place at the Community Outreach Services Department, on Wednesday November 2nd, 2016.
People in the community were invited to a presentation featuring Ernesto Olmos, a well-known cultural artist in the Bay Area. He spoke about the meaning of el Dia de Los Muertos, as well as the cultural significance and symbolism.
Participants were able to ask questions, listen to traditional music, and learn to make their own culturally traditional decorative flowers. This event was meant to connect members of the community to traditional practices that may help them cope during grieving process, as well as connect youth to their heritage.
This past Halloween there was a team of Super Heroes who came to help give strength to those who needed it most in the La Familia's Outpatient Office. They encouraged all of the team members at La Familia's Outpatient office to do good for all in their family and community. These great Super Heroes ran around the office giving strength and support to all in the office, along with some very yummy treats to the boys and girls who were willing to show their muscles of determination and happiness.
To see all of the services offered by the Outpatient Team please visit their page or contact the front office (1-510-881-5921) for any and all questions you may have about these great services!
The Youth and Family Opportunity (YFO) Program organized a community flea market on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at the La Familia Fuller location. They had about 15 vendors selling items ranging from food, clothes, furniture, art, and other miscellaneous items. The La Familia staff put up a table to raise money for their Hijos del Sol (HDS) youth development program, to raise money for next year’s NCLR conference, which they have traditionally attended. La Familia had about 80-100 community people come throughout the day.
During the High Holiday celebrations of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, La Familia's Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth (UIY) Program, teamed up with the Kelhilla Community Synagogue in Oakland to help collect gently used coats, jackets and sweatshirts for the youth and their families benefiting from this wonderful program.
These individuals and families usually arrive to the Bay Area with no warm clothing suitable for the cold winter months. The coat drive was offered throughout the end of September and beginning of October. By the end, we received more than 500 coats and sweatshirts that we will be able to distribute to these families and individuals in great need as the weather cools down.
You can see from the pictures below the overwhelming support and giving from all of the members at Kelhilla Community Synagogue.
We send our greatest gratitude to all those at Kelhilla Community Synagogue for their tremendous generosity!
We are so proud of the great success of this coat drive and hope to continue our partnership with the Kelhilla Community Synagogue for many years to come.
One of our valued employees, Karen Norell, was honored at the 39th Annual Hayward Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner. Karen has been with La Familia for almost two decades of dedicated service, having played many roles during her tenure and always providing tremendous value and commitment to the mission of La Familia and its service to families.
This award came with recognition by Richard Valle on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, United States Congressman Eric Swalwell, and California State Senator Robert Wieckowski.
In addition to her work at La Familia as an employee, Karen has spent her time consistently and diligently serving her community by Chairing the South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative and volunteering with the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and the South Hayward Parish Winter Shelter.
On October 15, 2016, La Familia proudly celebrated 40 years of serving the San Francisco Bay Area residents at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California.
This achievement was realized through the hard work and dedication of the La Familia staff, board members, partners, and community supporters across four decades.
We were thrilled to host such speakers as:
- René Macías - Chairman, La Familia Board of Directors
- Nancy O’Malley – Alameda County District Attorney
A Message from Eric Swalwell – Member of the United States House of Representatives, California 15th District
A Message from Julie Chavez Rodriguez – Special Assistant to the President and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement
- Héctor Méndez – Executive Director of La Familia, Emeritus
- Manuel Jiménez – Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health Services
- Augustin Arteaga – Hijos del Sol/Youth Services Director of La Familia, Emeritus
- Aaron Ortiz – Executive Director of La Familia, Current
- Andé Peña – Highway to Work and Title IV-E Program Director at La Familia
A Message from our Highway to Work youth participants
- Roger Lauer, M.D. – Medical Director at La Familia