AUDIO: Businesses urged to help Children's Home of Stockton
September 17, 2017
• Its mission is changing under new state law
• “We realize we have a pretty awesome responsibility in working with these kids”
It is a daunting list: depression, bereavement, anxiety, child abuse, sexual abuse and sexual concerns, other interpersonal problems, individual adjustments, family problems, parent/child conflicts, mental illness. Now add to that list children, between kindergarten and high school and you have the mission and challenge facing one of California's oldest ongoing community efforts, the Children's Home of Stockton.
The private nonprofit is in its 135th year and its mission is changing yet again, this time by state law.
“We realize we have a pretty awesome responsibility in working with these kids,” says Joelle Gomez, chief executive officer of the Children's Home of Stockton. “The state of California for the first time is taking child welfare through an unprecedented change. So group homes, how we currently operate, will no longer exist.”
The law mandating the change gives operations like the Children's Home of Stockton two years to make the transition.
“The clock is ticking. We're almost a year into it,” Ms. Gomez says.
By December 2018, any group home must be licensed as a short-term residential therapeutic program. “This is a huge deal because it's turning everything sort of upside-down,” she says.
(Joelle Gomez talks about the history and future of the Children's Home of Stockton and how businesses can step up to help in today's exclusive CVBT Audio Interview via Skype. Please click on the link below to listen or to share the audio with others.)
Ms. Gomez says the home, which has enjoyed well over a century of community support, is reaching out to businesses for additional help as it makes its transition.
Recent examples of businesses that have helped Children's home include 209 Furniture, which has donated couches, computer stands and rugs and stools, and Tracy Logistics, a unit of C&S Wholesale Grovers, which made a $1,000 cash contribution toward the school's music education program.
“Because we're going through this pretty intense change, the time is even better for people to really help us increase our capacity for our kids and to be even more effective with our kids,” Ms. Gomez says.