2014 November eNewsletter

Hope is a safe home - A mother's story - Fun and adventure at Salt Point State Park - Sonoma Program expands employment services - It takes a village   Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Buckelew Programs
Buckelew Programs E-Newsletter 

November 2014

  …homes, jobs, 
health and hope
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MarinScapes 2014

Hope is a safe home

Harlan lives at Manor House, a Buckelew home in Santa Rosa. He was homeless for many years, struggling with mental illness. When he moved into Manor House, the support and encouragement from staff like Lisa Planting made him feel safe. "It's a really good opportunity for me to live here," he says with a big smile. He's even started to do artwork again and is eager to share some of his intricate drawings. 

Hope is a safe home. Hope is a job. Hope is a healthy family. Hope is Buckelew Programs.

Read more about how lives are changing and communities get stronger with the help of Buckelew Programs in our annual report for 2013-2014. Thank you for your support in bringing homes, jobs, health and hope to those who need it most!


"The power of love penetrates everything!"

TAY kids

A mother's story

"Annie's" mom was shocked and deeply frightened when she discovered that her 18-year old daughter had been caught up in a sex trafficking ring, abused and drugged on a daily basis.

"Little did I know this was only the beginning of what was to become a series of heart-wrenching arrests, 5150's and hospitalizations that eventually led to a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder, a kind of mental illness that is characterized by extreme emotional ups and downs."

Today, Annie lives a clean and sober life, holds a full-time job and is rebuilding relationships with her family, and her own self-esteem. Read Annie's story as told by her mother and learn how she found healing and help through support from Buckelew Programs.


Fun and adventure at Salt Point State Park

TAY kids

Jellyfish, crabs, sea lions - Salt Point State Park in Mendocino County has it all. Seven Buckelew clients who have mental illness and three staff enjoyed the North Coast's bounty and natural beauty during their September camping trip. Many of the participants had little or no camping experience, so this was quite an adventure: day hikes along the beach, followed by board games and storytelling by the campfire. And of course food tastes so much better when prepared outdoors with a group of friends!

"I really noticed a shift in certain clients who initially appeared anxious and withdrawn, then became so much more comfortable and engaged towards the end of our three day trip," says Jason Selvage, Buckelew Counselor. For more pictures of this wonderful experience, visit our website.

Sonoma Program expands employment services

Janitorial and clerical training programs now serve Mendocino County

In partnership with Manzanita Services, a peer-run mental health provider in Ukiah, Buckelew is now offering paid janitorial and clerical training, as well as other employment services, to Mendocino County residents with behavioral health issues.

"We’re excited to be bringing our innovative services to another community that has a great need," says Algeo Casul, Assistant Program Director.

Employment Services

Buckelew partners with Social Advocates for Youth to provide janitorial services

In September, clients participating in Buckelew's janitorial training program started working at Tamayo Village, a housing project for transition age youth run by Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) in Santa Rosa. This partnership is funded through Burbank Housing.

"SAY has been very pleased having the Buckelew Janitorial crews working at Tamayo Village," says Dot Iriks, Program Manager at SAY, "The Buckelew crew has been friendly and has gone above and beyond to help Tamayo Village look nicer. It means so much to our youth to have a nice home to live in!"

She adds that "this partnership has also motivated several of our young tenants to make use of Buckelew Employment Services. We are very pleased to support the shared mission of improving the lives of our community members."

It takes a village...

Please support our 2014 holiday appeal

This year more than 11,800 Marin, Sonoma and Napa residents benefited from the comprehensive services your contribution makes possible: Buckelew's supported housing, employment, transition age youth and family support programs; Family Service Agency's counseling, parenting support, suicide prevention and crisis intervention; and residential detoxification at Helen Vine Recovery Center.

Please help us bring hope and healing to families and individuals facing the turmoil of trauma, mental illness or substance abuse by making a donation today!

Generous grants provide critical support

We were honored recently to receive grant support from the following organizatons:

Napa Valley Community Foundation - to support our Napa Programs

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Santa Rosa - to support our Sonoma Programs

Bank of America Charitable Foundation - core operating support for housing and employment programs

These funds help us improve people's lives and enrich our community!

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