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UpValley Students Lead Mental Health & Wellness Fair

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and our UpValley Youth Mentoring Programs hosted student-led Wellness Fairs at Calistoga and St. Helena High Schools to promote destigmatization of mental health among their peers. Each school wellness fair saw around 70-80 students in attendance! The student hosts collaborated with Aldea and Nimbus Arts in St. Helena and with Calistoga Police Department and Friday Night Live in Calistoga to provide information about mental health resources, programs, and services available to them and a chance to unwind and de-stress before finals. All photos were taken by UpValley Youth Social Media Correspondents Paloma and Loly in Calistoga and Valeria and Jose in St. Helena. You can check out more students in action on Instagram @upvalley_youthmentoring.

Our Youth Mentoring Programs are supported in part by the Napa Valley Vintners Collective Napa Valley, and are part of Napa County's SHINE initiative. SHINE (Student Health Improvement through Nonprofit Excellence) is a collaboration between Napa Valley Education Foundation, Aldea Children & Family Services, Mentis Mental Health Services, On the Move, and UpValley Family Centers that is enabling youth mental health providers to have a collective impact in Napa Valley. Check out the student-led podcast, SHINEcast, that explores mental health issues for teens here: shinenapavalley.org/podcast.


CVNL Heart of Napa Award Recipients

We are proud to share the news that UpValley Family Centers had two winners at the Heart of Napa Awards this month! We are so fortunate to have these caring, smart, and committed people working on behalf of UpValley Family Centers to serve our community.

Kristen Georges was awarded Excellence in Board Leadership. Kristen’s journey with UpValley Family Centers has been nothing short of remarkable. From her early days as the organization’s first Board President to her return in 2018. Her deep knowledge of the organization and the communities it serves have been essential to the organization’s growth.

Ray Branstetter was awarded Volunteer of the Year. For 20 years, Ray has served as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant at UpValley Family Centers, extending free tax preparation services to eligible individuals and households. Renowned for his meticulous research and unwavering reliability, Ray has garnered a reputation that draws many clients specifically requesting his assistance. Through Ray’s efforts, countless households have accessed crucial tax credits and refunds.

You can read more about all the 9th Annual Heart of Napa award recipients here: cvnl.org/heart-of-napa/


UpValley Older Adult Health & Wellness Fair

May also celebrates Older Americans Month, a time to recognize older adults' contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. To honor our commitment to the older adults in the upvalley region, our Family and Senior Wellness team organized a Health and Wellness Fair for Older Adults in Calistoga.

Community members visited Pioneer Park in Calistoga for a morning dedicated to supportive resources, health, and wellness for adults age 55+. This event provided the opportunity to learn about the services are available for older adults in Napa County.


Coming up: Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop

Are you a Lawful Permanent Resident who would like to apply for U.S. Citizenship? The Citizenship Legal Services collaborative can help you with low-cost legal representation and application assistance. Registration is necessary for the Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop. Appointments are available from 1-4 pm on Thursday, June 20th, 2024 at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Helena (1428 Spring Street). To register please call UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010. You may also be eligible for the fee waiver for the naturalization fee ($760).

Citizenship Legal Services is a unique collaborative, offering a continuum of services to help immigrants, living or working in Napa County, become U.S. Citizens who are fully integrated into the larger community. The program brings together critical partners from throughout the Napa County including legal aid providers, family resource centers, foundations and over 100 volunteers. Specific core partners include the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), On The Move: McPherson Family Resource Center, Puertas Abiertas, and Up Valley Family Centers. This work is funded by generous contributions of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, the California Department of Social Services, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and individual donors. 


Get Involved!

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

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer interest form on our website! 


Share your story

In 2024, UpValley Family Centers is celebrating 25 years of creating a future of opportunity for those who live and work upvalley. Throughout this year we will be sharing stories from past and current clients, volunteers, partners, staff members. donors, and community members in a series titled "Our Community Voices." If you would like to share your story with us, please contact Michaela Murray at mmurray@upvalleyfamilycenters.org.


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

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