Cope Family Center appreciates vintner support

For over 20 years, Cope Family Center has been privileged to have the support of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), having received over $3 million of Auction Napa Valley proceeds in that time. This generosity has transformed the lives of thousands of children and their families and helped build a stronger community for all. NVV recently announced their support will continue in 2019 with a grant of $400,000.

In a year that saw a 45 percent jump in child abuse and neglect in our county, I wanted to particularly acknowledge how vital that support is to our mission to empower parents, nurture children and strengthen communities.

Today, Napa’s already vulnerable families are facing numerous challenges. The rising cost of living is making it harder to make ends meet. Over a year after wildfires ravaged our community, impacted families are still struggling to recover. The housing crisis is making it even more difficult to keep a roof over their heads.

Without support, the stress can become too much to manage. Despite their best intentions, a parent’s stress can impact their children, even leading to neglect and abuse. By funding Cope’s work, NVV is giving parents the support they need to keep their children healthy and safe. It teaches them how to break the cycle of abuse in their families. It provides emergency assistance to families in crisis. It connects them with other parents, building a network of support to draw upon during trying times.

In addition to changing the lives of the families we serve, NVV’s support impacts society at large. Child abuse is a core underlying factor to many of the ongoing struggles in our community such as high school dropout rates, homelessness, incarceration and chronic health issues resulting in a financial impact that costs our community millions of dollars per year in healthcare, criminal justice, child welfare, education and lifetime productivity costs. In fact, the cumulative financial impact to the Napa community for the 314 verified child victims in 2017 is $94.2 million.

As an organization of the region’s wine trade leaders, NVV is also well-acquainted with the need for family stability, since it has a direct bearing on the stability of their employees. The unfortunate reality is that the high cost of living and the extra burdens posed by recent natural disasters, in addition to the personal challenges specific to every family, can make Napa a tough place to raise kids. Unfortunately, too many good employees move away, in search of a situation that seems more manageable.

Cope helps address the problems that create the workforce crisis by helping families connect with resources and support to help them achieve stability in the home so they can live in the community they work in.

Like hundreds of other families, one family of 11 came to us during the Napa Complex Fires facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge due to circumstances beyond their control. The father’s employer suggested he contact Cope Family Center for assistance. Cope was able to relieve some of the stress by providing rental assistance through the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which was created in 2014 with a $10 million lead gift from NVV.

After the initial introduction to Cope, the family has continued to come in, seeking guidance and resources in their quest to maintain a secure situation for their children. I am proud that we have been a stable base for these hardworking parents through a difficult period in their lives and grateful to NVV for making our disaster relief and day-to-day work possible.

Demonstrating a keen understanding of nonprofit operations and deep trust in our Board and leadership, NVV funding is unrestricted, meaning we can apply the funds where they’re most needed rather than restricted to a specific program or project. The generosity and flexibility of this support makes it extremely effective, and the resources are multiplied by our collaborations with agencies in the Valley doing related work. By giving us that discretion, NVV greatly extends the impact of their donation.

In working together to support families, Cope and the vintners strengthen the network of our community connections, increase our collective resilience in the face of ongoing challenges, and support the workforce needed for a successful wine industry and tourist destination.

I would like to thank the Napa Valley Vintners for their philanthropic leadership, and for partnering with Cope Family Center for so many years. I appreciate your confidence in our ability to protect, support, and stabilize Napa Valley’s families.

Volunteer Appreciation Party 2018

Volunteer Appreciation Party 2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018 we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. The theme was superheroes in honor of all our volunteer hard work throughout the year, helping to "save the day." Our volunteers do so much, from organizing files and supporting our administrative staff, to helping provide services when disaster struck last October during the fires. We are so thankful for all that they do for us and for the families we serve - thank you volunteers!

A Major Milestone on the Path for Success

A Major Milestone on the Path for Success

Last month, three families graduated from the Healthy Families™ Home Visiting (HFHV) program. This is the first group of graduating families in the program since its inception in 2012.

Seeing these children grow from infancy to their first day of school is not only helpful for their development, but extremely rewarding. This would not be possible without all of the incredible support of our donors. You make it possible for Melanie to excel at matching games at every visit; for Octavio to become a great storyteller, sharing a new story with the FSS every time they met; for Joshua to learn how to read with his Mom’s support before he turned 5. These seemingly small milestones will be lifelong memories for these children and their families.

Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council: 314 Verified Child Abuse Cases in 2017 (Napa Register)

Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council: 314 Verified Child Abuse Cases in 2017 (Napa Register)

Children’s advocates are urging community leaders to tackle such issues as affordable housing and a living wage as ways to help curb child abuse and neglect. The county last year had 314 verified child abuse cases, according to the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Last week, the group presented its annual “Report on Children” to the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

A Message from Board Member Carole Rehbock: You Can Help Give Napa Valley's Children a Brighter Future

My name is Carole and I have had the honor and pleasure of serving on the Board of Cope Family Center for nearly six years. During this time, I have worked alongside dedicated volunteers and skilled staff to help carry out Cope’s mission to empower parents, nurture children and strengthen communities. During this season of giving, please join me in supporting this important work.

2017 Napa Complex Fires: Cope’s Role in Response, Relief and Recovery

2017 Napa Complex Fires: Cope’s Role in Response, Relief and Recovery

After the 2014 earthquake, Cope Family Center was identified as a key partner to provide emergency support during a disaster. When disaster struck our community last month, Cope Family Center once again served (and continues to serve) a critical role in assisting the community in disaster response, relief and recovery. On October 9th, Cope immediately re-allocated staff and volunteer resources to meet the needs of the community and continues to re-assess priorities and direct resources where needed.