Community Needs : Early Childhood Development, Education, Family Support Services, Youth Engagement K-12
This gift supported a family advocate and counselor for one year. State funds were eliminated in 2007, and this gap funding restored programs to low-income working families in Isla Vista and Goleta. Counseling in this program is done in the evenings with issues centering on finances, family abuse, child behavior issues, housing and transportation. The family advocate serves as an outreach to keep children healthy by scheduling regular medical and dental care. The goal of the program is to enroll, retain and utilize children's health insurance in the federally funded Medi-Cal and Healthy Family program. Santa Barbara County has the second highest percentage of uninsured children in California.