The COVID-19 Pandemic has introduced new challenges to the families that we work with, families who are already battling some fierce challenges. We work with:
Youth who have experienced trauma, who may already be behind in school, and who do not own computers, and are thus falling even farther behind
Single mothers struggling to make ends meet, and to keep their children in safe, clean housing
Aging, at risk caregivers who are now looking for new, creative ways to put food on the table
Families whose children struggle with disabilities, whose daily routine has been thrown topsy turvy as a result of the Shelter in Place order
All of these children, youth, and caregivers are learning how to thrive in the new normal, but they could use a helping hand.
By giving to this COVID-19 Resource Fund, you are that helping hand, supporting families so they can continue to stay healthy and intact.
Our mission is to nurture children, youth, and caregivers to keep families healthy and intact.
Family Support Services' support families who face serious challenges in successfully caring for their children. These include families with children who have mental or physical disabilities; families taking care of children who are substance exposed, medically fragile or are HIV+; and families in which grandparents or other relatives have had to step in to care for children. Family Support Services also works with families in which children are at risk of abuse or neglect to help parents improve their parenting skills and ensure that these children are raised in safe and nurturing environments.
The Agency programs are delivered in Alameda, and San Francisco counties. We reach clients in some of the most underserved communities: over 75% of families served by Family Support Services are families of color, over 60% are headed by a single adult, and over 65% live in poverty. The Agency serves more than 2,700 Bay Area children annually.