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Aldea Children & Family Services will be expanding its Wolfe Center location and taking a campus approach to services by consolidating operations from three formal locations to one campus. Executive Director, Mark Bontrager states, “It makes sense for clients and operations to be in one locale." Through this expansion, Aldea hopes to eliminate client confusion and make services more accessible.
Aldea clinician and counselor, Alex Ochoa, spends every Friday counseling teens on drugs and alcohol at New Tech High. He states that substance abuse affects not only the user, but also significantly impacts the families. Ochoa spent the fall helping a class of psychology students to help combat the problem of substance abuse among middle school and high school students.
New Technology High School students have produced a video project intended to help parents and teens better understand the impact of using common drugs - of which 30-40 percent of teens in Napa County turn to at some point- the experience from a teen perspective and how to best deal with the issue of pressures and use.
This project includes detailed and informative video messages by teenagers, revealing short excerpts explaining the physical and health impacts of drugs and alcohol, and positive messages about avoiding use.
Aldea is one of 17 organizations to receive funding from Napa Valley Vintners! Funds raised each year at Auction Napa Valley are distributed by NVV, which enables Aldea to ensure Napa County residents have the resources needed to achieve mental wellness, making the community safer and healthier for all.
Every year, hundreds of children in Napa and Solano counties are completely forgotten during the holidays. Toy drives provide the right gifts for kids under 12, but do not always meet the needs of older kids and teens in our community.
You can help make sure that this year ALL children and their families receive what they need by supporting Aldea's Holiday Gift Card Round Up!
What Can I Give?
We are accepting the following gifts:
Aldea has been able to support our clients and families through the generous donations of our donors and supporters. Your gift will be applied where it is needed most, whether purchasing a holiday meal for a family or helping a parent buy gifts for children.
$25 Gift Cards for parents to purchase gifts for their children
A great source of pride for many parents is to shop for their children’s holiday gifts. This is not a holiday reality for some families living paycheck to paycheck. Help our parents make this holiday season special with a gift card to a local retailer ($25 increments preferred).
Adopt a Family
If you are interested in adopting a family, we are collecting gift cards totaling $300 that will be given to each family in need. A mix of gift cards to various stores is ideal for covering several family needs.
What Gift Cards Should I Get?
Target and Walmart are great choices. Other suggestions are Cinemark, Copperfields, Safeway, Raley’s, Lucky’s, Trader Joe's, Vallergas.
Where Can I Drop Off my Gift Card?
Bring your contribution to ALDEA (WOLFE CENTER) located at 2310 First Street in Napa by Friday Dec 16, 2016. You may also make a check payable to Aldea Children & Family Services (memo note "Holiday Gifts Cards") or make a donation online by clicking here.
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