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To learn more about MCGives! 2022 and how to support Coastal Kids Home Care, click here
We are very excited and grateful to be selected as one of the nonprofits for the Monterey County Gives! Campaign this season.
The campaign runs from November 10 and run through December 31. We hope you will consider making a donation that will support Coastal Kids Home Care Mental Health Services for Kids and Teens🖤
What Kids and Teens Need Today
Imagine that your child or grandchild is born with a congenital condition or is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer. Your whole family's world would be turned upside down. Long bay area hospital stays, countless trips to specialty physicians at Stanford and UCSF and a dizzying array of medications and equipment would become your new norm. Coastal Kids Home Care is here to help through our mission to meet the unique needs of medically fragile children in the comfort of their homes. Our clinical teams surround each patient and family with comprehensive health and mental health services to ease their burden.
The Big Idea
Expanding mental health counseling to children and teens responds to a critical need in our community. Wrenching data shows that the number of teens experiencing depression in the last decade has increased significantly and suicide rates among teens and younger children continue to rise. The pandemic exacerbated these trends, and our community has been ill-equipped to respond. Early in 2019, Coastal Kids Home Care expanded our traditional counseling to include care for mild to moderate mental health services for children. Intervention that this critical stage, when children are coping with issues like loss, divorce, bullying or anxiety, provides children and their parents with tools and strategies to build resilience for the future. Demand for counseling continues to increase, support from MCGives would allow us to invest in additional counselors with expertise in children and teens – to bring back hope to children in Monterey County.
I thought counseling was just like how they showed it on TV where people just have to talk. But it was actually fun! Kate made it fun. We talked, we played, and we worked on arts and crafts.
- Naveah Gonzales, 10
Over the past few years our community has experienced a pandemic, wildfires, economic upheaval, numerous business closures, physical confinement and mental unease. While 2022 has been trending in the right direction, the “new normal” is difficult for many individuals, families and institutions throughout our region, particularly for those who entered this period with less means.
What may be most remembered and revered after all this passes, however, is how some folks shined in a time of crisis and, even more importantly, how our community—as a whole—came together for the good.
Nonprofits are vital to our community and a cornerstone to what defines us, what exemplifies our values and spirit. Perhaps you’ve utilized resources local nonprofits offer to care for your parents, or children, for legal advice, for critical health care services, for local educational, arts or music events, for pet care or adoption services, for recreation opportunities. Chances are high you’ve interfaced with a dozen or more local groups in recent weeks and months.
Without the more than 1,000 local nonprofits working tirelessly to fulfill their missions every day, our community would look and feel like a very different place. Their collective missions and programs have a huge impact on our lives. They work tirelessly to fulfill their organization missions. It’s not easy.
And each serves its own essential role and needs your support, however that looks.
To donate, visit montereycountygives.com/coastalkids