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Help One Child: Providing homes for at-risk children


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Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to local at-risk children, above. 

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

• 2018 update: Founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris 25 years ago, Help One Child welcomed a new executive director in Valerie Crane, promoted from director of operations in January after Susan Herman retired. Crane said it’s been a “fun, exciting and busy year.”

Help One Child initiated two more parent support groups (in San Jose and San Bruno) to bring the total to six (the others are in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Los Gatos and Morgan Hill). Parents lead the monthly meetings for adoptive and foster parents, with therapists on hand for support.

This month, Help One Child launches CarePortal, an online network enabling the organization to directly connect social workers with churches that can help fulfill their clients’ needs. The Los Altos-based nonprofit organization has already partnered with 10 churches, providing training for their congregants, and Crane expects that number to grow rapidly.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations will support expanding CarePortal’s reach in both counties Help One Child serves, according to Crane.

Help One Child

Location: 858 University Ave., Los Altos

Founded: 1993

Annual budget: $612,000

Staff: 5 full-time and 1 part-time employees; 3,900 volunteers

Information: helponechild.org.

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