Dear friends and supporters,
This past year was unique in so many ways. Finding ourselves in the midst of a pandemic wasn’t something anyone could have anticipated, and nearly overnight, our focus shifted to doing everything we could to protect and preserve vital services for the thousands of children and their family members we serve each year. Life changing services that are needed today more than ever! However, out of these challenges there rose myriad opportunities to improve our programming and strengthen our agency.
One such opportunity was strengthening our leadership by naming COO Kathy McCarthy as President of Uplift Family Services. Together, we will share leadership of the agency, with Kathy focusing on internal operations and assuring continuity of care during this tumultuous time. Please join me in congratulating her on this well-deserved role expansion!
We are also pleased to report that we have been awarded nearly $4 million in grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In partnership with Pacific Clinics, who will help extend our supportive youth services to adults, and School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, we have formed a consortium and become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). This CCBHC is one of only five in California and will serve 2,000 low-income individuals in Santa Clara County by offering integrated mental and physical health services. In the future, we look to see this model expanded throughout the state.
As the fiscal year came to a close, we assembled our Racial Equity and Justice Committee: a broad, multi-ethnic team who began the important work of finding ways to create systemic change in racial equity and justice, both internally and externally, and to support our BIPOC staff and families. We are hopeful that, through our collective work, we can impact systems to eradicate racism and inequities, particularly in the areas of behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice.
There is much more to share in this report, and we hope that, within these pages, you will see the profound impact of your support for the most vulnerable in our communities. Together, we have–and will continue to–help the children and families we serve build brighter futures.
Darrell Evora, MCP, MBA
CEO, Uplift Family Services
Kathryn Meier McCarthy, Esq.
President, Uplift Family Services