Tell us about your organization.
New Morning Youth & Family Services has been in Placerville for over 51 years. It started as a drop in center for adolescents who were having difficulty with using substances. Now we are a multi-faceted agency with an outpatient counseling center with offices in Placerville, Cameron Park and Pollock Pines, The Ashby House (a 12 bed shelter for homeless youth), a substance use disorder services program (the only outpatient treatment program for adolescents in El Dorado County), the foster care youth launch program, the Latino Outreach program and the Victims of Crime program. We strive to meet clients in our offices, their homes, the schools and in the community in order to support their goals for wellness. We know that helping kids is about helping the whole family and that is why we focus on the family system. We serve youth 0-18 and their families.
What is the reason(s) for partnering with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
We at New Morning know we can’t do this alone. We love our community partners and collaborate with several agencies. Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference assists us with donations for our shelter/Ashby House. Our kids usually come to the house with nothing and basic hygiene items are so useful. There is also work to be done on our property usually and helping hands from Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference have assisted us at times in some upkeep.
What has your experience been like working with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference youth?
It has been a pleasure to work with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference youth. Of course we need and love the donations they get for us and the help they have given. But our favorite thing is to see the youth helping the youth in this case. And we love to see leadership skills being developed in youth!
What are the typical tasks/responsibilities our youth perform when working with New Morning?
My understanding is that they have collected hygiene items and made gift bags to donate to the Ashby House. As well as, in the past, helping with tasks at the Ashby House like landscaping.
Has your experience working with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference differed from your experience working with youth other service organizations?
In this county I have only worked with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference. I believe you guys are the only thing around. However, I have worked with other youth organizations in the country that are similar. I love the professionalism and the genuineness of Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference. I love that the kids decide what their projects are going to be and do it!