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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Foster Care

Mission: We do whatever it takes to help children, strengthen families, build community, and advocate for systems change to ensure that our families thrive.

Results: Privately funded programs include Family Finding (locating safe family members for children 'lost' in the system), Addiction Prevention Services, Yolo Crisis Nursery, Foster Santa, and Hollygrove's Endless Summer therapeutic afterschool program. Donations support foster care emancipations, basic needs for kids and families, scholarships, enrichment activities, services to youth without access to health insurance, social connection for isolated families with special needs kids, community education, and so much more.

Target demographics: Low-income children ages birth through age 23 and their family members who are recovering from abuse, trauma, neglect, addiction; and low-income children with developmental disabilities, Autism, or mental illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 children and their family members

Geographic areas served: 30 counties throughout California

Programs: • Foster Care and Adoption Services • Intensive Services, such as: º Children’s Shelter Alternative Services º Family Preservation º In-Home Mental Health º Mobile Crisis Response º Targeted Behavioral Intervention º Wraparound (Program Uplift) • Outpatient Mental Health Services • Prevention and Early Intervention, such as: º Addiction Prevention Services º Crisis Nursery º Fast Track (Early Intervention in Child Welfare) º First 5 º Kinship Support º Student Assistance Services • Psychiatric Services • Residential Treatment • School-Based Treatment Services • Transitional Housing

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization and the focus it has on helping children and families in crisis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Butter Paddle for less than two years. Since the Butter Paddle is the retail arm that donates all proceeds from the sale of the gifts and accessories to EMQ-Families First, I feel that by being involved with the Butter Paddle, I am making a rewarding time contribution to a very worthwhile cause!! I love giving back and through Children's Services, which I Chair with Ellen Lowenthal, it is very rewarding to me to be helping the Foster and residential kids at EMQ-Families First!!
I enjoy being involved with all of the "children's parties" and also know the kids enjoy!!
Thank you!!
Bonnie Morrill

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EMQ and the Butter Psddle help to serve children and their families in crisis. They provide residential care, psychological assistance and wrap around programs in a caring and supportive atmosphere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have been helping children in crisis for a long time. They have continued to improve services that are really needed by children. The crisis stabilization facility recently added is an example.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for almost 15 years in an organization to raise funds for them. I am very happy with their effort and care of children in crisis. Without their work, many children and families would not get their life turned around.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EMQFF's Crisis Stabilization Unit is one of the many services they provide to help children in crisis; providing 24 hours, 59 minutes to find the best place and care for troubled youths. Since opening last year, the unit has helped over 1500 children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at The Butter Paddle, that supports EMQFF, I have learned how valuable this organization has been in bettering the lives of the children they help. EMQFF deserve the highest rating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great work in the Santa Clara Valley... They need your support to keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EMQ Families First has provided needed services for at-risk children and their families. They are professionally managed and dedicated to assist the community with comprehensive services. Kudos to all those who are part of this organization. Thank you for all you do!

Jkasahara

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EmQ families first is a genuine non profit that cares about the children they serve.
They are very paticular in how they care for the kids and how the money from the non
profit is spent.
With the growing need for services at a younger age such a 7-8 it is
imperative we help these children in crisis.
Autism and ADHD Anxiety is leading the ranks of the new population needing funding.
With the help of fundraising and retail and second hand stores EMQ has survived the many challenges of State cuts in services. Our kids matter and mental health is on the rise we need to support our future generation with empathy and medical support and housing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amazing work that EMQ FamiliesFirst does in our community hugely benefits children and families in tremendous need. The benefits and services they provide to those who need it most are not available through other agencies. We applaud their role in community solutions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

EMQ FamiliesFirst is a wonderful and talented organization focusing on bringing families together. Their programs utilize highly qualified clinicians, therapists and mental health professionals who are all working with a very clear goal - the mental, emotional and physical well being of the children in their care. EMQFF deserves your attention and support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been exposed to the important work EMQFF does in the Santa Clara County for over 20 years. Their work to help with children and families in crisis is amazing--they really make a difference. Educating middle and high school children in perils, foster children/parent assistance and their new "crisis center" where suicidal children receive protection and a suitable care plan within the first 24-hours of an incident are true successes.
EMQFF is the "tops!"