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Meet Estela

Estela came to St. Helena from Mexico in 1993 to join her husband, and has worked as a farmworker for the past 28 years. The couple brought four of their five kids from Mexico to live with them. In 2015, Estela's husband passed away. Adding to her feelings of loss, Estela missed her son who still lived in Mexico. That's when she reached out to the family center to apply for citizenship. While Estela felt it was important to petition for her son, she worried about passing the citizenship test. As the oldest child of eight, she worked from a young age to help the family, stopping school in second grade. In order to prepare for the citizenship test, Estela attended weekly classes in the evenings -- despite being exhausted after long days of work in the fields. Her dedication paid off. Estela passed her test, became a US citizen, and was able to petition for her son!  

Contact our office for more information about becoming a US citizen at (707) 965-5010. Our immigration services are generously supported by the Napa Valley Community Foundation's One Napa Valley Initiative, the California Department of Social Services, City of Calistoga, City of St. Helena, Silverado Farming Company's One Percent Fund, and individual donors.


Brighter futures with Lending Circles!

We are inviting community members to join our next Lending Circles formation taking place this summer. Lending Circles is a social loan program with zero percent interest, managed by the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), that helps working families to save money while building or improving their credit. As a licensed Lending Circle provider, the UpValley Family Centers will provide direct and ongoing support to participants, supplemented by financial education and other resources. MAF will provide loan servicing and technical support. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact us at (707) 965-5010 or lendingcircles@upvalleyfamilycenters.org.


2020 Community Impact Report

The work of the UpValley Family Centers is made possible by our donors, supporters, and partners. Thank you for standing with us to create a community where all families can thrive. Click here to read the report.


Important resources

There will be a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Calistoga Junior-Senior High School on Thursday, May 6 from 5-8pm, at 1608 Lake Street, conducted by Adventist Health St. Helena/St. Helena Hospital Foundation Mobile Health Unit. No appointment is necessary. You must be 18 years old and have an ID. All individuals must wear a mask.

If you or someone you know is facing financial hardship due to the 2020 Wildfires or as a result of COVID-19, we are here to help. Please visit our website to learn more about resources available through June 30, or call our office at (707) 965-5010 to make an appointment with one of our case managers.  Don't delay - call us today!


Join our team!

Are you interested in doing meaningful work that strengthens families and the community?  Please visit our website to view current openings. 


UpValley Family Centers
1440 Spring Street  | Saint Helena, California 94574
707-965-5010 | info@upvalleyfamilycenters.org

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