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Foster Futures and Help Build Families #SVGives

April 24, 2015

On May 5, 2015, thousands of Bay Area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during Silicon Valley Gives. On that day, every donation and donor Rebekah Children's Services gets will go further to help us claim our share thousands of dollars in prize money!

This is going to be a big event, and everyone will be talking about who they’re supporting.  Think “American Idol” and we're in the try-outs but need your support to make it to the top.

We need you to help us with these three things:

  1. Mark May 5, 2015 on your calendar and add this link (http://www.rcskids.org/svgives)
  2. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rcskids) or on Twitter (twitter.com/rcskids) and help build the buzz.
  3. Spread the word!  Share our Facebook posts with your family and friends and add a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on May 5, 2015.

Help spread the excitement. Tell your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Please be our champion, and help us see it to the top! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on May 5, 2015.

 


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Welcoming Executive Director, Christophe Rebboah

January 26, 2015

Executive Director, Christophe Rebboah PhotoRebekah Children’s Services’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Rebboah, LMFT as the new Executive Director.  

Christophe Rebboah was born and raised in San Jose, California and is a first generation American whose family emigrated from France in 1964.  The youngest of six boys, Christophe attended and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and San Jose State University.

Christophe Rebboah began his tenure at RCS in 1994 in Campus Services and has held various roles such as Chief Clinical Officer, Director, Clinical Program Manager, and Unit Manager. He was instrumental in the creation and formation of Wraparound Services at RCS for Santa Clara County.  

In December 2005, Christophe accepted the role of Mental Health Care Coordinator in Washington County, Department of Mental Health in Oregon where he facilitated and established Wraparound.

Christophe returned to RCS in October 2011, as the Director of Campus Services.  During this time, he positioned and expanded Campus Services to include RCS’ Hospital Diversion and Wraparound Monterey County Programs.

Please join us in welcoming Christophe Rebboah in his new role.  We are extremely excited and confident, that with your support Christophe and his Leadership Team will ensure RCS remains the industry leader in mental health services delivery and an employer of choice.

The mission of Rebekah Children’s Services is to promote the social, emotional, and physical well being of children and families.


Relocating Our Salinas Site

August 12, 2014

The time has come for us to relocate our office in Salinas, CA. We are now serving more children and families than ever before out of this site in collaboration with Monterey County DSES and Behavioral Health departments. This new site will allow us a little more space to host meetings with families as well as house the staff who will be supporting them.

We will be begin relocating this Friday, August 15th at 8 AM.

During the move, we expect that there will be interruptions to our phone and fax lines, however we expect those to be back up by the end of the day (estimated 6 PM). If you need to reach someone from the Salinas site you can:

  • Contact them on their mobile phone (if known)
  • Call any of our other numbers and either dial the extension (if known) or speak to the operator.
    • 408.846.2100 (Gilroy Area)
    • 408.871.4900 (Campbell Area)
  • Email (most Salinas staff will continue to have access to email during the move)

After the move our phone numbers and fax number will remain the same, however you will be able to find us at 1260 South Main St, Suite 101, Salinas, CA 93901. This address is located behind Elli's Restaurant.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this upcoming move. It is our hope to minimize, if not avoid, any disruption in services for the children and families in Monterey County.


Wanting Children of Their Own...

October 9, 2014

Angela and her husband talked about adopting for years, but overseas adoption seemed all too overwhelming. One day, Angela picked up a brochure for Rebekah Children's Services’ Family Linkage Program, which provides an array of services to support children and families through the foster parenting and adoption process. 

After careful discussion, Angela and her husband contacted Rebekah Children’s Services to begin taking the steps that would bring together their future family. 

It wasn't long before they met their sons. Even though the brothers were only 4 and 7 years old, they had a lot of healing to do. But Rebekah’s Children’s Services was there to give their family “personalized services and attention”, ranging from guidance and advocacy to therapeutic services that would help the boys overcome past trauma and transition into their new lives.

Within about a year and a half, the adoptions were finalized. Six years later, the boys are now in middle school and high school. Not only have the brothers been able to stay together, but they have become cherished members of a loving family. 

“You have these children in your life,” Angela says. “They would have been people that we would have never met that I get to interact with every day… and help guide them through life… and provide a moral compass for the people that they will one day be.”

With the help of Rebekah Children’s Services, Angela has found, “The end result is the children you always wanted.”

Thanks to Angela and her husband, two young brothers share the life altering gift of dedicated, supportive parents who are helping them grow into responsible adults with bright futures. This is the kind of positive outcome that Rebekah Children’s Services strives to achieve for all of the children we serve. But the need is as pressing as ever.

This year, Rebekah Children’s Services is serving 61% more foster care children on average per month than last year, reaching the highest number of foster care children served in years. This represents a 61% greater need for assistance, guidance, and—most of all—loving homes. 

If you are unable to open your home to a child in need, there are other ways that you can help. Items needed include financial donations for the recruitment, training, and preparation of foster and adoptive homes; gift cards for the purchase of new clothes; and hygiene items for children coming out of emergency situations. For babies and toddlers placed with us under emergency circumstances, we also need infant essentials, such as formula, bottles, baby food, diapers, wipes, clothing, car seats, and pack’n plays.

Please help fulfill the growing need in our community:

  • $5,000 sponsors a foster family (recruitment, training, and home preparation)
  • $3,000 underwrites the placement of an infant or toddler (includes essentials such as formula, clothing, and car seats)
  • $1,000 supports two foster families through training
  • $500 purchases new clothes and toys for a foster child
  • $100 purchases hygiene items and school supplies for a teen placed in foster care

You can support a foster child today by donating online and designating "Family Linkage."


A New Do

July 30, 2014

We are excited to announce that a our website, www.rcskids.org, is about to get a makeover. The current design was built in 24 hours by Zurb during ZurbWired 2011 and we still love it!

So why change it?

Unfortunately, the site is starting to show its age. It was originally built on a pre-release version of Foundation 2 and now there are visual flaws appearing on many modern browsers, especially on mobile devices. Additionally, with the abbreviated time frame, many pages could not be incorporated into the Content Management System allowing for non-coders to update content.

Gaps and font blemishes now on mobile devices.

It is now time for the site to clean up a bit. We are growing and serving more children and families on any given day than ever before. Plus, with Meaningful Use and Health Care Reform we need to get ready to provide more web-based solutions to our clients over the next few years, such as a secure portal to access their personal health information.

The More Things Change...

As stated before, we love the current design. This means that this makeover is intended to retain the spirit of the original design just clean it up a bit. It is our hope that once the update is done it will look familiar, yet cleaner, faster to load and more up-to-date.

Here are some of the key milestones for the project:

  • Move all content into the Content Management System (done)
  • Create the new template using the latest release of Foundation (done)
  • Test, test, test
  • Launch

Once we got started, we discovered some additional ways to improve the site, such as a new Donation interface and a new Calendar.

Coming Soon

Our target date to launch the new design is on August 19, 2014, the three-year anniversary of the ZurbWired launch. We hope you like it!