History

Aldea means “little village”

Aldea, which translates to “little village,” received its name as a result of our unwavering value of collaboration. It is only through our partnerships with YOU—supporters, volunteers, businesses, schools and organizations—that Aldea is able to improve lives and create bright futures.

Since 1972, Aldea has served people who face financial, mental, cultural and other barriers to quality mental health and support services. What started as a group home for adolescents has expanded to serve more than 3,900 people each year in Napa and Solano counties.

Timeline

1972

Incorporates to open its first group home, a residence for six adolescent girls

1974

Opens Redwood Residential Treatment Center to house eight teenagers

1981

Opens Aldea Day Adolescent Program for Treatment (A.D.A.P.T.)

1982

Begins to serve adults with developmental disabilities who live independently (now called Supported Living Services)

1985

Expands to Solano County by opening a group home

1987

Licensed as a private Foster Family Agency (FFA)

1991

Licensed to certify and place foster children in Napa County

1998

Opens outpatient therapy clinic in downtown Napa

1999

Partners with the Napa Police Department for the Community Youth Diversion Program

2007

Begins to offer Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) for children with severe behavioral and mental health issues

2009

Begins to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to help people understand, identify, and respond to signs of mental illness

2012

Certified by the Council on Accreditation—achieved by only one percent of human service agencies nationwide—as a result of Aldea’s effective programming and organizational management

2014

Begins to offer substance abuse prevention and treatment services for youth in Napa County

2016

Receives re-accreditation by the Council on Accreditation—achieved by only one percent of human service agencies nationwide—as a result of Aldea’s effective programming and organizational management

Launches Courage Village, a suicide prevention and awareness campaign

Aldea’s Visionary

Allen EwigAllen Ewig, who served as Executive Director for 33 years, led Aldea as it grew from a fledgling organization, to one of the most impactful human service agencies in the region. Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York, Allen passionately dedicated his life to providing quality treatment services that helped thousands of families and children heal from abuse, trauma and other life challenges. Despite his premature passing, Allen’s commitment to collaboration has remained a core Aldea value: we can only help our neighbors by working together.