We've Launched New Mental Health Counseling Services for Youth!

We are pleased to share that through our Youth Services Program, Encompass is now offering low-cost self-pay comprehensive mental health counseling services for ALL Santa Cruz County youth ages 12-20 and their families, regardless of their Medi-Cal status. We are also continuing to provide free substance use disorder (SUD) and prevention counseling for youth ages 12-20 through our programs as well. Anyone interested in accessing these services can call our intake line to learn more at 831-429-8350.

Youth Services Mental Health Counseling

 

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Honoring Juneteenth and Pride Month at Encompass

At Encompass, we are committed to listening deeply, bearing witness, and taking action toward racial and social equity at every level of our organization. We invite you to join us in pausing to reflect and honor two deeply significant celebrations for our black and LGBTQ+ communities - Juneteenth and Pride Month. In this month's newsletter, we share a deeper look at just a few of the initiatives we are driving across our agency to expand our understanding of systemic racism, identify areas of growth, and deepen our engagement in this important work. We also highlight Pride celebrations you can partake in throughout Santa Cruz County! Get the full scoop in our June newsletter here

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Hot Happenings in May

We have a lot to celebrate at Encompass this month! Get the full scoop in our May newsletter here. Learn how our Encompass Payee Services team supports more than 500 community members with their financial needs every year; get a sneak peek at how the new Unite Us online referral system is poised to help community members access the full range of services our county has to offer; hear from our Director of Community Projects about her 30+ years in public service; and welcome new faces to our leadership and program teams! 

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Meet Our New Chief Programs Officer

We are thrilled to announced that long-time community leader and service impact expert Lisa Russell will be joining our executive team as Encompass's new chief programs officer. Lisa comes to Encompass from Janus of Santa Cruz where she worked as director of research and evaluation and, most recently, as interim co-executive director.

Lisa Russell, Encompass Chief Programs Officer

As chief programs officer, Lisa will oversee the operations and direction of Encompass’ more than 40 programs in health and human services related to family and social well-being, early childhood education, behavioral health, housing and more.

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Supporting Moms: Maternal Mental Health Month and Beyond

Did you know that May is Maternal Mental Health Month? To mark the occasion, we want to remind moms (and all parents!) in our community that Encompass Community Services is here to support you. 

Parenthood comes with a full spectrum of daily challenges and emotions, and prioritizing your health is a key part of ensuring your family’s wellbeing. This year, many parents are feeling particularly overwhelmed, anxious or stressed due to the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. We are here to help! We offer a wide range of counseling and treatment services all year round. Read on for information on how to access these free and low-cost programs.  

Mental health services for moms

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Investing in Fatherhood: Encompass Awarded New Pathways for Fathers and Children Grant

 

Encompass strives to focus its programming on prevention services that will start our youth down a positive path so they never experience poverty, neglect, or trauma. Setting our young ones up for success is the most effective way to strengthen our community, but our children need the support at home, from both mom and dad. Our Papás program promotes father involvement as part of Encompass’s ongoing efforts to reduce the number of people in our community that struggle with homelessness, addiction, and unemployment.

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Santa Cruz County receives $2.2 million homeless youth grant

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County Homeless Action Partnership, with Encompass Community Services as lead, to participate in 
highly competitive multi-year grant from HUD focused on preventing and ending youth homelessness 
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The drive to volunteer

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By Dennis Patton
Manager, Santa Cruz Residential Recovery 

Jason Harris wanted to serve Santa Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR) at Encompass simply because he wanted to give back and stay busy. But when he began serving SCRR as a transportation volunteer, he quickly fell in love with the work as he discovered that his service helps people get their life back.

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FUERTE: Strength, Healing and Empowerment for Youth on Probation

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By Molly Lautamo
Writer

Anyone who works at FUERTE (Families United in Respect, Tranquility and Hope) can tell you the partnership between Encompass and the Santa Cruz County Probation Department is a rare but powerful example of how community collaboration can change lives and the juvenile system as we know it today.

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Si Se Puede Success Story

Si Se Puede Success Story: Guillermo Rodriguez Shows That ‘Yes, He Can’

By Molly Lautamo

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Guillermo Rodriguez is a leader, a counselor, a mentor, and a teacher. He is actively involved in his community, always giving back and always looking for more ways to make a difference in the lives of others. He is currently the Assistant Director at Sun Street Centers and is pursuing his Master's of Social Work at California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

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