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Michael Luevano, Communications & Development Director, Jennifer Grier, Chief Clinical Officer and Christopher Rebboah, Executive Director F ounded in 1897 as the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Children’s Home of Northern California, the organiza- tion opened its doors to orphaned children, providing an incredible service to the com- munity. Rebekah’s continues their service to the community today with the expansion of comprehensive mental health, social, and educational services and programs for chil- dren and families. With three sites; Gilroy (the organi- zation’s headquarters), Monterey, and Campbell, Rebekah’s currently serves over 3,000 families annually. “RCS is there for families and children to let them know they are not alone,” Christophe Rebboah, Chief Executive Officer, said. “We want them to walk right through our doors, and ask the questions, and we will guide them, and walk beside them.” For Michael Luevano, Communications and Development Director, his focus is on educating and informing the community about the new direction RCS is headed. “We have our new strategic plan, our mission statement, we’ve really revamped everything,” Luevano said, adding that “it’s family services that we provide, it’s not strictly children.” For licensed Clinical Social Worker Jennifer Grier, it’s all about helping individuals find the resources that work for them. “While we may not have the exact specific service that they may need, we definitely want to be with them while we find that service, and do a warm handoff to whoever that is,” Grier said. RCS’s entire staff, totaling 230, works vigilantly to meet the needs of the community through the services and programs offered at Rebekah’s. “With our residential group home we offer a heavy therapeutic element. We want residential to be seen as therapeutic intervention; that allows it to be much more short term than in past history,” Rebboah said. The hospital diversion program catches the child as they step down from the hos- pital and serves as a prevention method to keep them from being hospitalized. “It serves both purposes,” Rebboah said. RCS is heavily involved in the Gilroy school district, offering school-based mental health programs at school sites, removing the barrier to accessing care, and providing education services to the entire community. With the Family Resource Center (FRC), people can access resources, such as GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 parenting classes, along with other tools and skill sets that they may incorporate into their everyday lives. Gilroy resident, Brian Harrigan, attended his first parenting class at the FRC in early 2014, after he and his wife divorced. “My kids, just like everybody’s kids, didn’t come with a manual. I was looking for ways of reaching them, and helping them be on the right track, so I started coming to the classes,” Harrigan said. Now, almost two years later, Harrigan not only continues with the classes, he’s a volunteer with the program. His commit- ment stems from his belief that what the classes offer, “is for everyone.” “I think Rebekah’s provides that kind of fellowship that makes you feel like, okay, I’m not in this all alone. I’m around people who have gone through what I have gone through.” Rebekah’s recently-revised mission state- ment communicates exactly that. No one is alone in what they are going through in life. RCS is committed to seeing their com- munity flourish, “by building pathways to hope, happiness and wellbeing.” “We really want everyone that walks in our doors to have walked in the right door,” Grier said. gmhtoday.com 23