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in-kind donations, and financial donations.” Legislation approved in January 2017, AB 403, will require the Children’s Home to transition into a short-term residential therapeutic program by December 2018. “Our timeline and processes are under massive transformation,” says Gomez. “With government trying to get foster youth out of congregate care faster, kids who would be here for two years could be reduced to six months.” As the Children’s Home must intensify services for kids’ shorter stays, they are again leading the way with a comprehensive program including specialty mental health services. “We are well positioned to weather this landmark change successfully because of our longevity and reputation,” concludes Gomez. Community members are rooting for us and helping us, and we’ll come out of this even stronger.” counselors. “Our programming focuses on providing a culturally relevant and trauma-informed approach for positive outcomes,” notes Gomez. “We look at their strengths, and utilize rewards and incentives, and we’re getting great results. We pride ourselves on the support our staff gives.” With an annual budget of about $9 million, the Children’s Home relies heavily on community support. “We build community connections because our kids will be more successful if they’re exposed to and welcomed by the community and businesses,” says Gomez. “We want businesses to partner with us to feel the satisfaction of socializing these kids and helping them understand responsibilities. We welcome help in the form of business workshops, enrichment activities, field trips, CHS holds community tours every 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of the month. Please contact Joelle Gomez at jgomez@chsstk.org to reserve your spot. PROFILE SPONSORED BY CHSTOCKTON.COM comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 121