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EMQ FamiliesFirst

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for our partnership with Families First. They are providing a valuable service to the students in our district. This is our first year in partnership and we are looking forward to many more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out many years ago as a donor to the Foster Santa program. Surprising each child with a bike, helmet and bike lock for Christmas captured my heart in a way that is unexplainable. I remember so clearly what it meant to me to have and ride my bike as a kid, and so, became locked in and committed to this! Matter of fact, this year, I am the honorary chair.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a current member of the Board of Governors and a past long term Board member with EMQFamiliesFirst. The passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers is unparalleled. Visit once and your heart will be with them forever.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board for over ten years and I am always impressed with the quality of the staff and the quality of the outcomes they achieve in dealing with children and families. The staff is caring and dedicated to making the lives of the children of our communities better and keeping children connected to their families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served on a number of non-profit and community-based organizations boards, I can categorically state that this is one of the most efficient and effective organizations…. and caring. The senior leadership team is able to find the balance between running a business and filling a vital need in the mental health community for kids and their families. They begin with the end in mind – making a difference and ask how can this best be accomplished, and then have the will to find a way! Over the years I’ve been touched by meeting the families served by EMQFF and the observing first-hand the difference their dedicated staff, and volunteers, is making. Moreover, they don’t brag but their assessment data is first-class and provides clear evidence that their services are changing lives, and communities, for the better. If you want to find a world-class organization to emulate, look no further than EMQFF.