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“Mirroring the new mission statement, the Wraparound program offers a need- based, skills driven, planning process. We’re moving away from the tradition that you have to have something wrong with you to have mental health needs addressed.” “Wraparound comes in and asks, what are your strengths, what do you do well? Let’s talk about what is working because that’s going to build a pathway to permanency, and stability, for the future. It’s predicated on using your natural resources.” “Wraparound really creates that village around the family that migrates with them throughout their journey,” Rebboah said. “That’s part of our work — that families learn how to be their own greatest resource,” Grier said. Although RCS is moving forward they haven’t forgotten their past. Adoption and foster care continue to be a significant element of the organization. There is an ever-present need for community members to step-up. “We are constantly recruiting both foster and adoptive families,” Grier said. The need varies from families who are willing to take emergency placements, to those ready to commit to a long-term adoption and matching process. For every foster care family, RCS is there providing education on what to look for, and how to help each child, and be a part of the healing. “We’re there all along the way,” Grier said, adding that the most important factors in becoming a foster or adoptive parent are, “an open mind and an open heart.” The Culinary Academy is another valuable resource for RCS. Students aged 15-21 are eligible for the program and upon graduation from the academy, they are presented with a food handler certificate, a valuable component they can add to their resume. “Our goal is to get them placed in a job before they leave, and right now our number is around 98 percent job placement rate,” Chef Carlos Pineda, manager of the Culinary Academy, said. The culinary program stays true to the mission behind RCS. “The partnership with mentoring and job opportunities and job placement when they graduate is really the key component. Staying true to what the program is, help- ing kids in our community get jobs, and take the right path,” Luevano said. “It’s a tremendous honor and privi- lege to keep the philanthropy of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Rebekah’s going, for them to see all the great work that’s happening through the various programing, and in the work that people are offering to kids and families,” Rebboah said. For information regarding foster or adoptive care, contact, Becky Gabuat at 408.871.4962. For additional informa- tion on services and programs offered at Rebekah’s, or to volunteer, go to their website, at Second Annual Pop-A-Cork Rebekah Children’s Services Staff, Volunteers and Apprentices On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Rebekah Children’s Services hosted the Second Annual Pop-a-Cork Celebration benefitting the Culinary Academy. The 170 guests in attendance enjoyed a special selection of culinary delights prepared and served by the students, sampled award-winning wines, and listened to live music in the Barrel Room at Fortino Winery in Gilroy. 24 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN The event raised over $25,000 which will allow even more students to attend their ten-week program, earn their Food Handlers Certification, and position themselves for future success. They are already planning the third annual event to take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Leal Vineyards in Hollister. MAY/JUNE 2016