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Monday 10-16 Update

We have now reopened our offices.

As most are aware, many counties in the North Bay Area have been affected by devastating fires, including Aldea's service areas of Napa and Solano counties. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and wanted to provide an update on the status of the Aldea "little village" as detailed below:

Currently, Aldea's school-based therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, and therapists from our clinic have been have been redeployed to support mental health needs in our community. It

Thanks to Napa Valley Community Foundation & Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), Aldea is one of the local agencies trained in disaster response, and is coordinating with other agencies and Napa County to help plan crisis counseling, housing, children exposed to trauma assistance, and among other needs. Napa County Mental Health has requested Aldea's support in the shelters through Sunday and we are already supporting our community members in need.

Staff are in contact with their supervisors, and as of now, everyone on the Aldea team is still safe and no one has lost their home. We are grateful for this news and hope that you and your family members are safe as well.

We will be posting regular updates on our website and Facebook page. If you need to contact us, please message us via Facebook, as that is the easiest way that we can respond at this time. We know that our community will come together to support one another during this unprecedented disaster and come back stronger than ever. Thank you for being a part of the Aldea "little village."

Community Resources
Mental Health Services
  • Aldea Behavioral Health Services (starting Monday 10/16): 707-253-0123
  • Napa County Mental Health Crisis Line: 707-253-4711
  • Solano County Mental Health: 707-428-1131
  • Crisis Intervention Community Connection Network: 707-257-9719
  • Mentis Mental Health Clinic/Appointments: 707-255-0966, ext. 132
  • Mentis Older Adult Appointments/Healthy Minds-Healthy Aging: 707-299-1885
Evacuation Centers
Solano County: 
  • Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Rd.) in Fairfield
Napa County: 
  • Napa Valley College (2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy.) and CrossWalk Community Church (2590 1st St.) in Napa
  • Napa County Fair & Fireworks (1435 N Oak St.) in Calistoga 
  • American Canyon High School(3000 Newell Dr.) in American Canyon.
Other Services
  • To receive text updates of your area from Nixle, send a text message with your zip code to 888-777
  • To mark yourself safe or look for loved ones, please register at Safe and Well, here
  • Napa County is providing regular fire and evacuation updates on their Facebook page, here
  • Napa Police Department is providing regular fire and evacuation updates on their Facebook page, here
  • To volunteer, please register with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), here
Local Resources
  • Cope Family Center is open 8:30-5:00 through Friday 10/13 for recharging your technology and yourselves
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley is providing childcare for children 6-18 regardless of membership status at its Napa (1515 Pueblo Ave.) and American Canyon (100 Benton Wy.) locations. Click here for more information.
  • V.O.I.C.E.S./LGBTQ Connection (780 Lincoln St.) and Innovations Community Center (3281 Solano Ave.) in Napa are open Thursday 10/12 from 9:00-3:00 for coffee and community. For more information, click here.
  If you are able, please support our ongoing relief efforts in our community. Click here to make a donation to Aldea.  

 

Friday 10-13 Update

As most are aware, many counties in the North Bay Area have been affected by devastating fires, including Aldea's service areas of Napa and Solano counties. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and wanted to provide an update on the status of the Aldea "little village" as detailed below:

Aldea's Napa and Fairfield offices are closed through Friday 10/13 due to the fires and poor air quality in the area. Currently, Aldea's school-based therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, and therapists from our clinic have been have been redeployed to support mental health needs in our community. It is our plan to reopen all Napa and Solano county offices on Monday 10/16, assuming conditions improve.

Thanks to Napa Valley Community Foundation & Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), Aldea is one of the local agencies trained in disaster response, and is coordinating with other agencies and Napa County to help plan crisis counseling, housing, children exposed to trauma assistance, and among other needs. Napa County Mental Health has requested Aldea's support in the shelters through Sunday and we are already supporting our community members in need.

Staff are in contact with their supervisors, and as of now, everyone on the Aldea team is still safe and no one has lost their home. We are grateful for this news and hope that you and your family members are safe as well.

We will be posting regular updates on our website and Facebook page. If you need to contact us, please message us via Facebook, as that is the easiest way that we can respond at this time. We know that our community will come together to support one another during this unprecedented disaster and come back stronger than ever. Thank you for being a part of the Aldea "little village."

Community Resources
Mental Health Services
  • Aldea Behavioral Health Services (starting Monday 10/16): 707-253-0123
  • Napa County Mental Health Crisis Line: 707-253-4711
  • Solano County Mental Health: 707-428-1131
  • Crisis Intervention Community Connection Network: 707-257-9719
  • Mentis Mental Health Clinic/Appointments: 707-255-0966, ext. 132
  • Mentis Older Adult Appointments/Healthy Minds-Healthy Aging: 707-299-1885
Evacuation Centers
Solano County: 
  • Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Rd.) in Fairfield
Napa County: 
  • Napa Valley College (2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy.) and CrossWalk Community Church (2590 1st St.) in Napa
  • Napa County Fair & Fireworks (1435 N Oak St.) in Calistoga 
  • American Canyon High School(3000 Newell Dr.) in American Canyon.
Other Services
  • To receive text updates of your area from Nixle, send a text message with your zip code to 888-777
  • To mark yourself safe or look for loved ones, please register at Safe and Well, here
  • Napa County is providing regular fire and evacuation updates on their Facebook page, here
  • Napa Police Department is providing regular fire and evacuation updates on their Facebook page, here
  • To volunteer, please register with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), here
Local Resources
  • Cope Family Center is open 8:30-5:00 through Friday 10/13 for recharging your technology and yourselves
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley is providing childcare for children 6-18 regardless of membership status at its Napa (1515 Pueblo Ave.) and American Canyon (100 Benton Wy.) locations. Click here for more information.
  • V.O.I.C.E.S./LGBTQ Connection (780 Lincoln St.) and Innovations Community Center (3281 Solano Ave.) in Napa are open Thursday 10/12 from 9:00-3:00 for coffee and community. For more information, click here.
  If you are able, please support our ongoing relief efforts in our community. Click here to make a donation to Aldea.  

 

Thursday 10-12 Update

Aldea's Napa and Fairfield offices are closed through Friday 10/13 due to the fires and poor air quality in the area. Staff have been redeployed to support mental health needs in our community.

For 24/7 mental health crisis services in Napa County please call Napa County Crisis at 707-253-4711, if you need mental health services in Solano County call 707-428-1131.

Aldea is one of the local agencies trained in disaster response, thanks to the Napa Valley Community Foundation's training, and will be coordinating with other agencies and Napa County this afternoon to help plan crisis counseling, housing, safety planning, resource referral, children exposed to trauma assistance, and among other needs. Napa County Mental Health has requested Aldea's support in the shelters through Sunday. If you need to contact us, please message us via Facebook, as that is the easiest way that we can respond at this time.

Solano County Update

  • Solano County offices are closed through Friday 10/13
  • For our Foster Family clients who receive services from our Fairfield office. Please call your Aldea social worker directly during regular business hours. For after hours, please call the On-call number at 707-337-3034.
  • Additional information can be reached on the mainline at 707-557-4560
  • Please be prepared to evacuate to a safe location if need be. As of now, evacuation shelter locations in Solano County include:
    • Fairfield: Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Rd.) 

Napa County Update

  • Napa County offices are closed through Friday 10/13
  • Please be prepared to evacuate to a safe location if need be. As of now, evacuation shelter locations in Napa County include:
    • Napa: CrossWalk Community Church (2590 1st St.) and Napa Valley College (2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy.) 
    • American Canyon: American Canyon High School (3000 Newell Dr.) 
    • Calistoga: Napa County Fair & Fireworks (1435 N Oak St.) 

Be safe everyone!

Wednesday 10/11 Update

Aldea's Napa and Fairfield offices are closed Wednesday 10/11 due to the fires in the area. 

For 24/7 mental health crisis services in Napa County please call Napa County Crisis at 707-253-4711, if you need mental health services in Solano County call 707-428-1131

Solano County Update

  • Solano County offices are closed as of Wednesday 10/11
  • For our Foster Family clients who receive services from our Fairfield office. Please call your Aldea social worker directly during regular business hours. For after hours, please call the On-call number at 707-337-3034.
  • Additional information can be reached on the mainline at 707-557-4560
  • Please be prepared to evacuate to a safe location if need be. As of now, evacuation shelter locations in Solano County include Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Rd.) in Fairfield. Please stay safe! 

Napa County Update

  • We are still experiencing issues with phone and internet connectivity in Napa. 
  • Napa County offices are closed as of Wednesday 10/11
  • Please be prepared to evacuate to a safe location if need be. As of now, evacuation shelter locations in Napa County include Napa Valley College (2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy.) in Napa and Napa County Fair & Fireworks (1435 N Oak St.) in Calistoga. Please stay safe! **FYI: CrossWalk Community Church (2590 1st St.) is currently FULL; please go to the NVC gym if you need to evacuate.**

Be safe everyone!

John Kniep of Aldea Children and Family Services wins CFO award

John Kniep of Napa’s Aldea Children and Family Services wins one of North Bay Business Journal’s 2017 North Bay CFO Awards.

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?

To lead in creating financial sustainability and be a key participant in organization development.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in your industry?

We have been required to install electronic health record systems and to become nationally accredited. Many other changes are incremental but significant over time, like shifts in funding, increased regulations and detailed outcome reporting.

Tell us about the particular challenges and opportunities your organization has met in the recent past.

Our biggest challenge may be finding and hiring great people, partly because our funding does not allow us to compete in pay with some of the marketplace. One of our biggest opportunities was the donation of a very valuable office building to us in exchange for taking on a much needed program that was running at a deficit. In the end we were able to improve the program operationally and financially, so it worked out well.

Always keep learning and looking for ways to improve. Become a great supervisor. Remember that debt is the enemy, so use it widely.

What is the best advice for weathering today’s economic environment?

Maintain high quality and integrity. Keep improving. Control costs. Be patient. Minimize debt.

How do you think your business will change in the next five years?

Some merger activity is expected to enable organizations to gain economies of scale and better comply with ever increasing regulatory requirements.

What is a decision you wish you hadn’t made? What did you learn from it?

I tried to save a business when I should have closed it. I learned that operating with low equity and high debt is similar to gambling. The payoff may be high but the risk is even higher.

What is your most memorable business experience?

The grand opening weekend of a hotel I developed some years ago.

What is your greatest business success?

Finding an industry I like and feel good about, and contributing to the sustainability and development of the organization.

Click here to read the full Q&A in the full article on the North Bay Business Journal.