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Farhat named director of development for Aldea Children and Family Services

Michele Farhat has been named director of development over seeing development and marketing for Aldea Children & Family Services.

Farhat was most recently deputy director for Mentis.

Farhat moved to the Valley six years ago with a background in organizational psychology, graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

“We are thrilled to have Michele join our team and bring her years of experience working in nonprofits to Aldea," said Mark Bontrager, executive director.

To read the the original story, visit the Napa Valley Register article here.

Optimist Club of Solano County Making a Difference in the Lives of Aldea Foster Youth

Aldea would like to thank the Optimist Clubof Solano County (OCSC) for its continued support of Aldea clients and programs. Recently, the club donated beautifully sewn sacs, brand new undergarments and essential hygiene products for youth in Aldea’s Treatment Foster Care & Adoptions program. The generosity shown by OCSC was incredible and provided much needed supplies for Aldea clients! 

Donation for Emergency Placement

OCSC is committed to the well-being of children in our community, which is expressed through their dedicated volunteers, working diligently to “bring out the best out of kids”. In an effort to address some of the needs of children in Solano County, OCSC “adopted” Aldea’s Treatment Foster Care (TFC) & Adoptions program with the intention of providing high-need items to benefit the clients in Aldea’s program. This collaboration has proven beneficial to both Aldea and the Optimist Club of Solano County. A generous donation of close to 100 backpacks along with school supplies last summer enabled Aldea foster youth to be equipped for success and start the new school year prepared and motivated.

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For three years, the Optimists of Solano County have graciously hosted a Mini Golf Halloween Tournament to help raise funds for various local non-profits serving youth, with Aldea’s foster families as beneficiaries the last two years. Club members volunteered their time to fully decorate the event and gather community members to make a difference while having fun! Aldea is grateful for the support from such a dedicated and long-standing organization like the Optimist Club of Solano County and is proud to partner with an organization that shares our passion for improving the lives of the children in our community.

Aldea Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Napa County Hispanic Network recognized Aldea Children & Family Services at their 19th Annual Friends of the Network 2016 event for its dedication to the network, demonstrating strong community leadership and making a significant contribution to the Hispanic Network's mission over the last 10 years. 

Aldea received a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Mike Thompson. Among the recognized were Napa Valley Adult Education and Napa Emergency Women's Services

Holiday Donors Making a Difference!

Thank you to all who have generously made donations of warm clothing, holiday gifts, and food for our clients this holiday season! Your holiday parties, holiday gift and food drives, and angel "adoptions" make a huge impact in the lives of the clients we serve. We truly thank you for your generosity!

  • Nova Group, Inc. and Staff
  • Mechanics Bank- Napa Offices
  • New Tech Network Staff
  • Ron & Lauren Nicholsen and Friends
  • Staff and Patients of Kaiser Permanente- Napa Medical Offices
  • Travis Airforce Base
  • Andaz Napa
  • Mustards Grill
  • Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
  • NorthBay Occupational Health
  • Michael Wise Law Group

Plus, thank you to the community members who have "adopted" more than 13 client families who need extra help this season! Your generosity, as shown below, made Aldea's client families feel very special this year.

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