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Celebrating bright futures: one year later, Aldea’s youth substance abuse treatment program thrives

NAPA, Calif. – August 10, 2015 – To celebrate the agency’s first year of providing substance abuse services for youth, local nonprofit Aldea Children & Family Services will hold an open house event on August 13th at the Wolfe Center in Napa. Aldea began to administer the County’s only drug and alcohol program specifically for youth following the June 2014 closure of the Loyd Wolfe Juvenile Justice Network, which had provided services out of the Wolfe Center for more than a decade.

Over the past year, Aldea has expanded the program to serve 3,800 youth through prevention activities at local schools and 82 youth through drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Program Director Anna Hernandez is thrilled with the program’s success. “We’re excited to celebrate the positive changes in these youth. Each client is different; some are ready to make a change but need support to get healthy. Others may take more education and guidance to make positive lifestyle changes.”

Former client Aaron falls into the latter category. Aaron was required to attend treatment at Wolfe Center after being put on probation. Initially, he was angry and combative, even demanding a new counselor when she had suggested Aaron attend Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous. Eventually, Aaron’s mindset began to change and he found his counselor’s guidance and support helpful. After nearly a year of ups and downs in treatment, Aaron completed his personalized treatment plan he created with his counselor.

“Last July, Wolfe Center staff were instrumental in successfully transitioning clients, like Aaron, to Aldea services. In the last year, Aldea has increased the number of youth getting the help they need to become healthy and make better choices. Aldea is proud to continue these services; they have such a significant impact on our community,” Aldea Executive Mark Bontrager notes.

Aldea is the only Napa County provider offering substance abuse prevention and treatment services for youth. The program also offers support for the families of youth participating in outpatient treatment services. Although most of Aldea’s substance abuse services are provided at the Wolfe Center in downtown Napa, staff also work out of schools and community agencies throughout Napa County.

The open house, sponsored by Bank of Napa, will take place on Thursday, August 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Wolfe Center at 2310 First Street in Napa. The event is free and family-friendly and will feature ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, food from Filippi’s Pizza and Napa Valley Bistro, non-alcoholic beverages, live music from Napa School of Music and personalized site tours led by Aldea staff. For more information, please visit or email

About Aldea Children & Family Services
Aldea Children & Family Services improves people’s mental wellbeing so they can strengthen their relationships and become engaged in the community. Through critical mental health, treatment foster care, adoption, and support services, Aldea helps more than 5,300 people annually in Napa and Solano counties who face obstacles to accessing and receiving effective treatment.


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!

  • Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Foster Greatness
  • Mechanics Bank - North Napa Office
  • New Tech Network
  • Ron & Lauren Nicholsen and Friends
  • Staff of Nova Group, Inc.
  • Staff and Patients of Kaiser Permanente - Napa Medical Offices
  • Mustards Grill
  • Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
  • Active 20-30 Club of Napa #57
  • Michael Wise Law Group
  • Travis Air Force Base
  • Plus, thank you to the community members who have "adopted" families who need extra help this season!

You can support Aldea while attending the Open!

The Open, an official PGA TOUR tournament, will be held October 8-12 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA.

20% of the cost of tickets sold by Aldea Children & Family Services will go back to support Aldea. To support Aldea, simply visit this website:  and enter "ALDEA" in the partner code (promo) box in "ALL CAPS" when you log in.

General pricing is as follows:

  • Season Ticket: Wed – Sun, $175 good all week
  • Daily Tickets: Wednesday – Thursday, $35 per day
    Friday – Sunday, $45 per day

A Child 14 & Under receives FREE admission when accompanied by a paid adult

Each ticket also includes FREE convenient parking

To purchase corporate packages while benefiting Aldea, please click the "Download PDF" button below.

For additional information, please visit website or Contact Chris Tobia at 408-487-4653 /

Now Available: 2015 Children's Art Therapy Calendars

Purchase the award-winning Aldea Children’s Art Therapy Calendar, which feature artwork created by children in our art therapy program. The calendars spread awareness of children’s mental health issues and their sales benefit Aldea services.

Click here to purchase an engagement calendar and click here to purchase a wall calendar.

To purchase 10 calendars at the discounted rate of $100, please contact Aldea Therapist Al Friedman, MA, ATR at (707) 224-8299 or

The Aldea Children’s Art Therapy Program provides children with creative therapeutic methods to manage their behavior, reduce their anxiety, improve their self-esteem, and bring them hope. Aldea incorporates artwork created by these young artists in the Children’s Art Therapy calendars and greeting cards, which bring awareness to children’s mental health issues. By purchasing an engagement or wall calendar, you help to spread awareness of children’s mental health issues. Calendar sales benefit Aldea services.

Aldea to offer free crisis counseling to those impacted by the earthquake

If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed or helpless, having trouble sleeping, or are on edge, Aldea is offering free crisis counseling to both Napa and Solano county residents impacted by the earthquake. Counseling will be offered in both English and Spanish. "We're all trying to assess the damage to our homes and businesses," states Mark Bontrager, Aldea Executive Director, "but we must also pay attention to our mental wellbeing so we can start to heal and move forward."

Crisis counseling is available regardless of income level, but appointments are required. Please call to reserve an appointment in your county:

Napa County: 707-253-0123, ext. 625
Solano County: 707-425-9670, ext. 400

Aldea, a local nonprofit serving more than 2,200 people each year, provides a wide range of mental health, child welfare and support services that focus on identifying, and intervening with, mental and emotional challenges before they become more severe and difficult to treat. Additional information about Aldea can be found on our website or by emailing

Please click the button below to download the a PDF flier for distribution.

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