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                                                                                                                                            December 2005

Volume 12 Number 1
                                where hope lives and grows                           news
                                                                           The Community Outreach Newsletter of Youth Homes, Inc.

                                                                New Treatment Approach
Youth Homes, Inc. is a
non-profit organization                                        In an effort to improve the quality of our       with specific skills training and mindfulness
committed to serving the                                       clinical work, Youth Homes has implemented       or purposeful self-awareness exercises.
                                                               a new therapeutic model in our long-term         Therapeutically this is done through weekly
needs of severely abused
                                                               residential programs. Last spring several        Skills Groups, individual counseling and the
and neglected children and                                     Youth Homes clinicians and residential           program-wide treatment philosophy.
adolescents by providing                                       counselors attended 40 hours of training in
comprehensive strength                                         Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which is   Anderson House began this new treatment
based, family centered                                         based on the work of Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.       model in May 2005 and Cherry Lane just
                                                                                                                started it in September. We are all very
and culturally sensitive                                       This is a type of Cognitive-Behavioral           excited about this and already see some
residential treatment                                          Therapy specifically designed to work with       improvement in many of the girls at
that acknowledges and                                          adults and teens who, due to underlying          Anderson House and in their ability to
promotes the strengths of                                      mental health problems along with a              manage their emotions.
                                                               history of childhood trauma, have difficulty
individuals and families in                                    regulating their emotions. This difficulty in    Youth Homes is also in the process of
the county of Contra Costa                                     emotional regulation causes a tendency to        developing an outpatient DBT program as
and beyond.                                                    act in impulsive and self-destructive ways.      part of Turning Point Counseling Center for
                                                               DBT is one of the only therapeutic methods       both adolescents and adults and is using
                                                               proven through extensive research to be          many of the DBT skills in our behavioral
                                                               effective with the kinds of children we have     coaching through our TBS program.
                                                               in our homes.
                                                                                                                All of the Youth Homes clinicians who have
                                                               DBT emphasizes a constant balance between        been trained in DBT also meet monthly for
 This Issue                                                    simultaneously accepting clients where they      a Study Group so that we can all continue to
                                                               are at and pushing them to improve their         improve our skills.
 New Treatment Approach . . . . . 1
                                                               lives. This balance is done through the use
 Crab Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1   of traditional behavioral techniques along
 Executive Director’s Report . . . . 2

 YH Auxiliary Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                                                                     Edelweiss Chapter of Youth Homes

                                                                               CRAB FEED
 Meet Ronnie Mabou . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

 Major Donor Thank You . . . . 4-5

 Tea Party Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6                                    Crab, Salad, Pasta, Bread & Beverage
 Patriotic Employer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                                      Rossmoor Del Valle Sierra Room
 Two Terrific Volunteers . . . . . . . . 7                              January 14, 2006                        6:00 p.m.             $40.00
 In Kind Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                             For tickets and reservations, call Diane Yribarren at 925-228-3246
                                                                                                            – OR –
 YH Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8              If unable to attend, your tax-deductible donation will be gratefully accepted at
                                                                             Youth Home Auxiliary, P.O. Box 5759, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-1759
2 youth homes news

 Executive Director’s Report
 This has been a year of concerted         continuum to include therapeutic
 change at Youth Homes. We have
 a new logo, colors, newsletter and
                                           foster homes under our corporate
                                           umbrella. We are also determined to
                                                                                      where hope lives and grows
 web site. We are fortunate to have        follow the country’s lead to become        Report by Lorna Martyn
 Imelda Alejandrino, of Alejandrino        very proficient at finding relatives
 Design, choose Youth Homes to be          of our clients and to facilitate the       To assume the mantle of President of Youth Homes
 her one volunteer client this year and    rekindling of long-lost family ties. In    Auxiliary, and to follow in the footsteps of Ivy
 Ms. Alejandrino and her team have         keeping with this new strategic plan,      Robinson, presents a real challenge. As President,
 done a complete makeover of our           we have closed one of our residential      Ivy ably led the Youth Homes Chapters through
 organizational image. Our little house,   treatment homes. L’abri has been
                                                                                      many years of dedicated volunteerism, to help our
 which has been our trademark for          a state licensed facility for over
                                           fifteen years. Many young souls have       group home residents.
 over forty years, has been replaced
 with two figures that extend their        overcome great hardship within its
 reach upwards and includes our new        walls; however, with no increase in        At the June 22 Pantry Showers, the newly elected
 tag line “Where hope lives and grows.”    state funding for residential care         Auxiliary Officers for 2005-2006 were inducted
 These changes reflect the changes         for a fifth consecutive year, we had       by retiring Parliamentarian, Marge James. They
 that are occurring in the design of the   no choice but to close this specific       are: President, Lorna Martyn; Vice President, Ivy
 foster care system in California and      facility. This does not signal a lack of   Robinson; Recording Secretary, Anna Rose Stebbins;
 for Youth Homes specifically.             commitment to continue to provide          Corresponding Secretary, Carole Brown; and
                                           residential treatment, but identifies      Treasurer, Joanne Taylor.
 I have had the privilege of sitting       that a change in the mechanisms for
 on the Residential Care System            funding foster care must take place,
                                                                                      Three Chairpersons have retired from the
 Redesign Committee, sponsored by          otherwise the system will slowly but
                                           inexorably grind to a halt.                Standing Committees. Tat Welcome has
 the California Alliance of Children and
 Families. With ongoing participation                                                 been appointed to replace Marge James as
 and regular attendance from almost        In this edition of our newsletter, you     Parliamentarian, Donna Herdman will replace
 all of the major stakeholders, who        will read about the many people            the retiring Auditor, Betty Rowe, and Sandra
 are deeply concerned about foster         who pitch in to create a world of          Abram assumes the Birthday Chairman’s office
 children, we are attempting to            opportunity for children who so            from Cathy Gross. Other Standing Committee
 design a new foster care system that      richly deserve it. To that end let         Chairpersons will continue in their current
 requires:                                 me encourage you that if you read          positions. Your new President is grateful to these
 • very high quality residential           only one book this year, please            ladies for their support.
 treatment,                                read “Don’t Think Of An Elephant,”
 • demonstrated positive outcomes          by George Lakoff. The definition
                                                                                      The Pantry Shower, which was held at St. Paul’s
 in the long-term, and                     of two basic family models: the
                                                                                      Episcopal Church, was a memorable event, so well-
 • a systemic commitment to                “strict father model” and the
 permanent placements in settings          “nurturing family model” is a truly        organized by Carla Pancheco. The Auxiliary ladies
 other than high end group homes,          illuminating description of why            in their usual inimitable style produced many
 preferably with a child’s family          our social and political society is        culinary delights that were eagerly consumed by
 member.                                   so polarized. Here at Youth Homes          Auxiliary members, guest Board Members, and
                                           we align with “nurturing family            the group home residents and staff. Our program
 Our intent is to sponsor legislation to   model.” We work every day to create        included musical renditions and original poetry
 change the structure of foster care       treatment models based on the              readings by the residents. Those in attendance
 system funding to reflect these values.   underlying value of discipline versus      were visibly moved. The event culminated in
 I wish to commend Carroll Schroeder,      punishment and the vision that our         packing up all the wonderful pantry supplies and
 Executive Director of the Alliance, and   world, while hostile at times, is not
                                                                                      “wish list” gifts from the Chapters.
 his staff, who have done a masterful      innately dangerous. We want our
 job of coalescing a very disparate        residents to grow up with the belief
 group of leaders and advocates into       that each of us should be committed,       Although regular Chapter meetings have not
 an effective planning team.               not just to our own families, but also     been conducted during the summer, the Auxiliary
                                           to society as a whole. We are so very      has not been idle. There have been planning
 Toward Youth Homes’ commitment            fortunate to be surrounded by so           meetings for future slated events, craft workshops
 to create reliable and permanent          many volunteers who share these            to produce fascinating items for future sale, and
 homes for our residents, we have          values and make them a reality             preparation for the resumption of the regular fall
 taken steps to become a Foster Family     virtually every day.                       agendas.
 Agency. With the encouragement of
 the Contra Costa County Department                           Stuart McCullough
                                                                                      As your incoming President, I pledge that I will do
 of Employment and Human Services,                             Executive Director
                                                                                      all that I can to further the cause of Youth Homes.
 we are reorganizing our treatment
                                                                                      I hope to be enthusiastically available for all the
                                                                                      Auxiliary needs.
                                                                                                               youth homes   news         3

 Meet Ronnie Mabou
The oldest of five children,                                                                                     youth
Ronnie Mabou holds the honor
of being the person who has
been working in the field of
Therapeutic Behavioral Services
(TBS) for the longest period of
time in Contra Costa County . . .

five years.

But what is TBS? TBS was
developed in response to a

lawsuit filed which claimed
that the foster care system
failed to provide behavioral
support to the children in their
care. The goal of the foster
care system is to facilitate
placement in the lowest                                                                                          Newly Remodeled
appropriate level of care in the
most home-like environment                        Ronnie Mabou, a very special TBS worker with Youth Homes.     High-End Men’s and
possible. To aid in this goal, TBS                                                                              Women’s Fashions
provides training in positive        Homes in 2004 as a TBS worker.       Surprisingly, Ronnie credits her
reinforcement and skills, anger      Ronnie excels working with the       success in the TBS field to her 10
management, communication            children on an individual, one-      years working as a horse trainer.      New Clothes and
skills, development of positive      on-one basis, which is what TBS      When asked if it’s really that       Housewares Every Day
relationships, coping skills, and    is all about. The TBS worker is      similar training horses and kids,
general life skills.                 allowed to tailor the program to     she replied, “We are all animals.    Large Selection of Kids’
Ronnie began working with
                                     meet the child’s individual needs.   Behavior training is behavior           Toys and Games
Youth Homes as a residential
                                     In addition to her years working
counselor in 1999. In 2000 she
                                     with children in a group home        Ronnie enjoys working for Youth       Wednesday is 1/2 OFF
left to take a job with Family
                                     setting, Ronnie spent 8 years        Homes because we allow our             All Men’s Clothing
Stress Center in the then new                                                                                    (including Shoes)
                                     working (seasonally) at Camp         staff to bring their individual
field of TBS. Youth Homes did
                                     Boggy Creek, which was co-           talents to the program. Policies
not begin our TBS program until
2002. Since its inception in 2002,
                                     founded by Paul Newman and           were made which allow Ronnie            Tuesday is Senior
                                     Norman Schwartzkov. Camp             to use her beloved horse
the Youth Homes TBS program                                                                                         Discount Day
                                     Boggy Creek serves children          Cowboy and dog Patch in her
has tripled in size. Youth Homes
                                     with chronic illness, many of        behavioral training work with
is a leader in TBS Services in

                                                                                                                15C VIVIAN DR.
                                     whom have severe behavioral          the children. “Pets have a way to
the county and serves as a role
                                     problems. The camp focuses on        encourage kids to develop better
model for other agencies. Ronnie
                                     behavioral interventions.            communication, empathy for

                                                                                                                PLEASANT HILL
returned to work for Youth                                                others, and to experience a more
                                     Working with children is in          normal childhood.”
                                     Ronnie’s blood . . . her brother
                                     Bobby is an Administrator at
                                     a Police Ranch in Oregon (a
                                                                          What does the future hold for
                                                                          Ronnie? YH supported Ronnie           (925) 798-5561
                                     residential facility for teenage     in obtaining her Group Home
                                     boys on probation), and her          Administrator’s license. She              HOuRS:
                                     mother Linda is a Residential        would like to put it to use in the     MON - SAT 10 - 4
                                     Treatment Counselor here at          foreseeable future. Also, working
                                     Youth Homes. Her father runs         with children has kindled
                                     his own telecommunication            Ronnie’s own desire to be a           Gracious Staff Willing
                                     business. She also has two           foster parent. What a loved child         to Assist You
                                     brothers in high school, one         that will be!
                                     in the Air Force, and one who
Ronnie’s beloved horse “Cowboy”      is a poet.
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                                                                              Honoring Our Donors
Gold Circle ($10,000 or more)             Frances Ketterer                    Mrs. Margaret Gardner                Leanore Sanderson
Bernice Ludwig                            Kang Lim                            Donna Gerber                         Lee Scher
Tomothy McCreery & Patricia Patton        Leland Lum                          Mrs. Nick L. Gianakos                Lorraine Schillinger
Leigh and Ivy Robinson                    A.R. McPherson                      Nancy Glenfield                      Al Schue
                                          Patricia G. Melendez                Laurette A. Glover                   Harry & Alice Shaner
Patrons ($5,000 - $9,999)                 Konnie K. Montgomery                Marion Goodman                       Susan Shargel
The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation          William R. & Patricia Northlich     Mr. Mark Goza                        Amanda Sherwood
Mary Ellen Browning Memorial Trust        Barry & Peggy Oliver                Anne & Marshall Grodin               Bonnie Smetts
Union Bank of California                  Debra Oxley                         Mr. Scott Hafner & Mr. Bill Glenn    Franklin Smith
The Safeway Foundation                    Glen Riccobusno                     Robert & Bonnie Ham                  Mrs. H.E. Solem
IIDA                                      Janice Spampinato                   Charles H. & Eleanor Hansen          Joan Sorensen
World Savings
The Pear E. Chester CLAT
Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Jonnie & Rodney Jacobs
                                          Elizabeth Steinbrugge
                                          Robin Studebaker
                                          Dorie Valdez
                                          Martin Wilson
                                                                 thank you    Joe Harrington
                                                                              Nikki Henderson
                                                                              Donna Herdman
                                                                              Mrs. Linda Higham
                                                                                                                   Anna-Rose Stebbins
                                                                                                                   James & Barbara Stedman
                                                                                                                   Tunette Steiner
                                                                                                                   Patricia Tanner
Charter Oak Foundation                    Burke & Helen Winget                R.B. Hoedel                          Helen Taylor
Joanne Taylor                                                                 Mrs. Marjorie C. Hogle               Stephanie Temples
                                          Friends ($100 - $499)               James Holmes                         Ronald & Dora Temples
Associates ($1,000 - $4,999)              Independent Construction Company    Carl E. Hopkins                      Linda Thompson-Bomar
The Rotary Club of Rossmoor               Walnut Creek United Methodist       Lisa Houghton                        Felipe Toledo
Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor Foundation            Church                         Mrs. Lois Howe                       Stephen Tollefson

       thank you
Wells Fargo Foundation                    Tanner Insurance Brokers            Judith E. Jewitt                     Donna K. Toole
Give Something Back                       Women’s Fellowship of Hillcrest     Janell Jones                         Jeanette Trapani
Boucher Family Foundation                 MWH                                 Darlene Kaplan                       Margaret Tunnell
New World Library                         Rotary Club of Concord              Alan & Catherine Kaye                Steven Turner
Zabetian Family Fund                      SBC Pacific Bell                    Hannah Kleinke                       Rod & Sharon Uffindell
Julie Anderson                            Charlene M. Abhors                  Anthony Knaapen                      Selene Vasquez
Ruth Barecelon                            Janet Appel                         David R. Kornreich                   Ian K. Voermann
Naomi Beisheim                            Ruth Bailey                         Ralph B. Kraetsch                    Mildred Walling
Lewis L. & Linda P. Bird                  Jean Baxter                         Mrs. Alice Laramy                    Greg & Elaine Wanket
Joan Booty                                James & Sandra Becker               LaVay Lau Ph.D.                      Pauline Webb
California Healthcare Foundation          Loretta Berry                       Cindy Lawrence                       Wayne & Tat Welcome
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cushman II              Alex Beyk                           Flora Le                             Patty Weller
Mr. Robert Dycus                          Ruth Bloesch                        Patrick & Gayle Leiser               Sheldon R. White
Mr. David Gemmer                          Chris Bloom                         M. Gloria Lenhart                    Lisa Wiley
Laura Hoffman                             Ernest Bloomfield                   Thomas R. Leonard                    Roger Wiley
Madeline Inman                            Diane E. Blue                       Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon & Suzanne Lewis   Robert & Elizabeth E. Williams
Marjorie Irwin James Trustee              Michael Bonnifield                  Wendy Lichtman                       Carol T. Wilson
Reid P. Johnson                           Mary Lou Bouchard                   Mrs. Margaret W. MacPherson          Laurie Winthrop
Laurine E. Jones                          Jaclyn Byden                        Barbara Marsh-Wetherell              David Wise
John Kasper                               Clifford and Carla Brooke           Mrs. Lorna Martyn                    Edwin Young
John M. Kikuchi & Mrs. Debra Coggins      Betty Browning                      Eileen Mathey                        Joy Young

                                thank you
Isabelle Lindskoog                        Helen D. Bunn                       Madeline McLaughlin                  Mark R. & Virginia Zielinski
Allison McClish                           Sam Campopiano                      David A. MsCosker                    Chad Zucker
Douglas & Janet Oglesby                   Ronnie G. Caplane                   Stuart & Barbara McCullough
Robert N. & Shelley H. Packer             Angie Cianfichi                     Geri & Alan McLaughlin               Supporters ($50 - $99)
Jason & Elizabeth Petit                   Michael & Leanne Colvin             Nicolas Montano                      American Legion Auxiliary
Charles R. Whitney Foundation             Bill & Pam Coney                    Kathleen Monthei                     Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos
Yvonne Sangiacomo                         AIG Global Real Estate Investment   Wayne & Pam Mosher                   Sandra Abram
Cove Schneider                                 Corp.                          Joan Moss                            Marjorie Alexander
Robert & Thalia Siegel                    Madeline R. Crandall                Suzanne Moreau Muraki                Lisa Allphin
Tad & Katie Smith                         Margaret Crawford                   Mr. Alex Offenberg                   Ethel Alves
Virginia Sweazey                          Emily D’Orazio                      Carla Pancheco                       Arlene Appel
Denise Von Tagen                          Beth Darrow                         Karlene M. Paufler                   Rosa Arce
Clara B. Wentz                            Mr. Ronald Darrow                   Ken & Linda Peterson                 Joan Baum
Mahboud Zabetian                          Jourdan & Logan De Beer             Gary & Nancy Petsuch                 Marie C. Beck
                                          Irma Debeer                         Brenda Price                         Carole V. Becker
Sponsors ($500 - $999)                    Alma Debisschop                     Mr. & Mrs. Anders Rasmussen          Taleesha Becker
Mt. Diablo Education Association          Annie Defroe                        Doris Ream                           Robert Best
Lieutenant G. HJ. Bruns III Foundation    Ernest Dickson                      Rev. Robert Reynolds                 Steven Bickel
BCC Corporation                           Catherine A. Duckworth              Lois S. Reynolds                     Mary H. Blue
Elizabeth Calfee                          Amy Duling                          Barbara H. Riggins                   Donald & Janone Boyce
Richard Carlston                          Mr. Vera Edmondson & Mr. John       Phyllis L. Riggs                     Mary Boyd
Mark Castro                                    Dewhirst                       Diana Rose                           M. Beth Boyer
The Morrison & Forester Foundation        Mrs. George W. Ely                  Colleen Rose                         Girl Scout Troop #628
Patricia A. Gayler                        Paula Fitzgerald                    Lindsay Rossetti                     William L. Budde
Erin Harris                               Betty Foster                        Diana Rupp-Kennedy                   Jeanette Burness
Thomas and Cherlyn Hart                   Janice Foster                       Robert Rybicki                       Bob & Carol Calvert
                                                                                                       youth homes         news           5

We would like to express our sincere graitude to our many donors who have generously helped us to help our children.
Timothy E. & Carolyn Carlson      Claribel Shideler                Mr. & Mrs. Clayton H. Englar      Willard R. & Hollis Meininger
Peggy E. Carson                   Michele Siegried                 Rita Fairbanks                    F.H. & Patricia Mills
Cindy Chan                        Arline Spieler                   Diane Favero                      Rosanna Mitchell
Michael & Elizabeth Chapman       Mary Stein                       Melba L. Ferrin                   Stacy J. Moffitt
Jill Christiansen                 Rev. Steven Strane               Mrs. Robert E. Fites              Helen R. Montes

                 thank you
Peter C. & Jennifer Z. Clauson    Suzanne Streitwieser             John & Lois Foster                Taneka Morrow
Anabelle Cloner                   Jane Stuck                       Mr. Andrew Foster                 Rose Murray
Evelyn Cohelan                    Helen Suter                      Elizabeth Gackowski               Mary Murray
Les Collier                       Jon & Margaret Szabo             Phyllis Gallaher                  Jean Myers
Rosemary Corbin                   Jean Tajima                      Linda Gebroe                      Joyce Nelson
Evan Corkett                      Vickie Tappero                   Judy Geis                         Elizabeth W. Nice
Charlene S. Cottingham            Gloria Tiernan                   Mr. Paul Gibson                   Mr. & Mrs. Richard Nielsen
Chris Crecelius                   Joel and Joanne Vuylsteke        Rochelle Glaser                   Jane Nishi
C.C. & Laura Cutting              D. L. Webster                    Ellen Gock                        Penny Parr
Mary Elen Dalgaard                June Whitesides                  Kimberly M. Gosney                Lorraine Pates
Mr. Scott Dittman & Helen Fehr    Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wilson         Jean Grimm                        Mr. Jason Pegueros
Claudia P. Eckelmann              Murray Winthrop                  Mrs. Dana Gross                   Sybil Pekkala
Mrs. Nancy Eubel                  Michelle Wisecarver              Mrs. Albert Hackett               Elaine Predergast
Miss Geraldine Ferring            Harry R. & Dora Witt             Dacia D. Hall                     Amy Prince
Barbara Feyh                      E. Evan Young                    Mrs. Lola Hammons                 Karen Pruitt
Kathleen Fordham                  Derryl Zeller                    Dorothy Hampton                   Jenn L. Ramirez
Barbara Freet Newby               Belynda J. Zobb                  Norma & Delores Heathorn          Midred Ratto
Mr. & Mrs. Ted Goeller            Ellen Zucker                     B.K. & J.D. Heckman               William A. & Jean K. Rice
Martha Green                      Linda Zumwalt                    Greta Heintz                      Zelma Ridgely
Doris Greem                                                        Ursula Heitmeyer                  Thomas & Ulla Rieger
Mr. & Mrs. Grover W. Gregson      Donors ($1- $49)                 Ruth Hendrix                      John & Nancy Ringer
Wallace & Delia Grove             Cherie L. Abundis                Mrs. Hariette Henrickson          George R. & Gale B. Robertson
Edmund & Mildred Gubler           Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Akers        Michael Herberger                 Alton & Kathleen Robinson
Ann Hallstone                     Paul & Mary Akrop                Lorene Hermann                    John Robert Rostkowski
Mrs. Dodie Haskell                Alice Anderson                   Mrs. A.W. Hicks                   Betty Rowe
Mrs. Donna Heimbruch              Joanne Anderson                  Mrs. Marilyn Hughes               Jonathan H. & Marlene B. Sakol
Mrs. Marcia Hicks                 Margaret Baigent                 Fay Johnson                       Galyn Savage
Swananoa P. Hill                  Donna Baker                      Judy Johnson                      Christel Schlaus
Veronica Holland                  Esther K. Banis                  Mrs. Alice A. Johnstone           Richard & Gwen Schwerin
Carleton Hussey                   Vernice Barker                   Barbara Joliffe                   Jane Scott
Steve V. Kerstner                 Jody Benkly                      Mrs. A. Joyce Price Jones         P. Xzandrya Settles
Mrs. Charlesa Kinder              Anne R. Blanton                  Bobby & Nancy Jonse               Herman Silverman
Kathleen Kinder-Leighton          Mrs. Donald Bozorth              Gloria Karakashian                D. Theresa Simmons
Archie D. & Constance A. Kenney   Judith Bromby                    Mary M. Kelly                     Mrs. W.O. Slocomb
Sally Doffman                     Carole Brown                     Margaret Ruth Kelsberg            Ellen Smith
David Landis                      Maria Bryant                     Mrs. Jean Kennedy                 Dorothy Stacey
Timothy R. Laporte                Patrick Buckles                  Stuart Klitsner                   Michael Stusiak
Jeanne Lee                        Max Burchett                     Nell Klockzim                     Josephine Sunderland
                                                                                                     Norma Svatos
Mrs. Arlene Lewandowski           Susan Busby                      Mrs. Phyllis H. Laborde
                                                                                                     Eugene Y. Tang
Mr. & Mrs. Ian M. Loder           Mary E. Caldera                  Herbert R. & Ruth E. Lange
                                                                                                     Cris Tarozzi
Carol Lucey                       Sharon Campos                    Philip G. Langley
                                                                                                     Louise Tarr
Mark Lynch                        Raymond & Sharon Campton         Tonya Lapham
                                                                                                     Raymond & Arleen Taylor
Judith Lyons                      Charles Carver                   Mrs. Clara Lew
                                                                                                     Robert Tharratt
Anne Mann                         Mel & Joan Caughell              Barbara Linchey
                                                                                                     Ann Thelwell
Mrs. Sandra Marsh                 Geraldine Chellamy               Rodney & Marilyn Lindquist
                                                                                                     James & Irma Uren
Susan Martinez                    George & Dee Chiavetta           Dave Little & Lita Gloor-Little
                                                                                                     Pashi Vakiva
Mrs. Kathleen McAdam              Vickie Coker                     B.F. Lockwood
                                                                                                     Monica Venables
Janis Medina                      Nancy Cook                       Pauline Lou
                                                                                                     Kristine Verstl
Mrs. Patricia Mighetto            Mark Cordingabrams               Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Lundgren
                                                                                                     Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wahrhaftig
Margaret Miglia                   Misty Cook                       Sylvia Lundy
                                                                                                     Virgina Wanek
Sigmund & Louise Milford          Merilee Corley                   Mrs. E.L. MacDonald Jr.
                                                                                                     Chantel Watt
Karol Miller                      James & Susan Cosenza            Stanley E. Macy
                                                                                                     Christopher T. & Joan G. Whittaker
Susan Miller                      Lewis Cottle                     Mrs. Laurence Marion              H.A. & Edith S. Wiley
Steve & Karen Morlock             Marie Cox                        Dwight & Susan Marshall           Diana W. Williams
Mrs. H.G. Noack                   Patricia Curtis                  Donna Martin                      Jessica Willis
Mary O’Leary                      Maureen Daysh                    Virginia W. Mason                 Jean E. Wilson
Vicki Pappas                      Clement & Roseanne Deamicis      Mrs. Janet J. McArdle             Bea White
William & Margaret Parkhill       Deborah Deas                     Marguerite B. McCartney           Bernice D. Wood
Marilyn Ponting                   Joan Donovan                     Candy McCorkell                   Winifred Wootten
Philip & Karen Rice               Mrs. Catherine Dreyer            Angie X. Mcdade                   Gertrude Wright
Lucille Richey                    Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Duggan         Micki McGuire                     Barbara Wyant
Ruth Rivera                       Ol Legrande and Marguerite Lee   Virginia McLaughlin               Ronald & Lona Wyatt
Ginger Roth                           Eliseian                     Helen Means                       Leah M. Yaffee
Tony Russo                        Margaret Elson                   Debra Mehlman                     Annette Yoshino
6      youth homes             news
Sandra O. Abram
    for Edith Abram
                                           2004-05 Tea Party Donors                                                                    Michelle Siegfried
                                                                                                                                         for Beverley Siegfried
                                  For Mother’s Day donors honored some very special people in their lives with a cup
Lisa Allphin                                                                                                                           Terry Simmons
    for Maureen Gardner                of tea and a donation to Youth Homes. We greatly appreciate these donors.                         for Bill Holsberry
Alice M. Anderson                                                                                                                      Tad Smith
    for Sophia C. Nilson           for Nan Darrow                George & Martha Judge                for Anna Gambotto                  for Katie Smith
                                 Denalect Alarm Co.                for Ivy Robinson                   & Mary Miglia
Marilyn J. Aston                                                                                                                       H. E. Solem
                                 Bernice Ely                     Sarah E. Karr                      Jerry Miller Family
Ruth Bailey                                                        for Viola McKesson                 for Franka Miller                Arline Spieler
    for Hazel Hopper               for Cathy English                                                                                     for Ethel Moorhead &
                                 Diane Favero                    Margaret Kelsberg                  Sue Miller                           all mothers everywhere
Ruth Barcelon                                                      for all moms                       for Alice Smetts
    for Michael Wurth              for Josephine Favero                                                                                Anna-Rose Stebbins
                                 Geraldine Ferring               Jean C. Kennedy                    Foster & Patricia Mills              for Stuart McCullough
Don & Joanie Baum                                                  for Jeanne Taylor                  for Dodie Haskell
    for Charmion Tatum             for Bea Slocomb                                                                                       & Ivy Robinson
                                 Kathleen Fordham                Kathleen Kinder-Leighton           Pam & Wayne Mosher                 Betty Steinbrugge
Joan Baum                                                          for Pam Kinder                     for Gloria Dupuis
    for Miriam Rasmussen         Art & Janice Foster                                                                                     for Iola Warbritton,
                                                                 Palma Kinder                         & Wilma Mosher                     & Marie Vathauer
Taleesha Becker &                  for Marge James
                                                                   for Kathleen Kinder-Leighton     Rose Murray                        Robin & Charles Studebaker
Joseph Moore                     Lois Foster                       & Joan Samson                      for Janice Santarini
                                   for Zelma Ridgely                                                                                     for Carlu Monje
    for Sandra Becker,                                           Pam Kinder                         Mr&Mrs William Northlich, Jr.   & Jean Halloway
    Salena McGalliard &          Nell Gabie                        for Kathleen Kinder-Leighton
    Emma Moore                     for Caroline Jackson                                             Mary O’Leary                  Jo Sunderland
                                 Phyllis Gallaher                Phyllis Laborde                      for Olga Alpen                     for Thelma Barlow
Naomi Beisheim                                                                                      Carla Pancheco
    for Elsie Kurtz, Naomi &     Margaret Gardner                Toni Lapham                                                           Helen Suter
    Dorothy Beisheim                                               for LaRue Wyman                    for Nola Frewell Perata            for Ruth Young
                                   for My Mother
Shirley Bell                                                     Cindy Lawrence                     Penny Parr                         Cris Tarozzi
                                 Jeanne Gianakos                   for Lilly Lawrence & Ione York     for Pernina Collins
    for Kay Barnes                 for Lee Storey                                                                                        for Mary Alanzo
Bob & Sue Best                                                   Arlene Lewandowski                 Joseph Pearce                      Helen Taylor
                                 Rochelle Glaser                   for Edythe Donne                   for Margaret Pearce
    for Margie Best, Ruth          for Esther Burns                                                                                      for Edna Biles & Clara Bopp
    Sanderson & Sue Best                                           & Marilyn Fusi                   Joan Wood Pedron                   Joanne Taylor
                                 Nancy Glenfield                 Barbara Linchey                      for Mercedes Wood
Donald &Gene Bozorth               for Joyce Dwyer                                                                                       for Edna Taylor, Mary
    for Bernice Ely                                                for Olive Skueley                Ken & Linda Peterson                 Lockwood, Carla Pancheco
                                 Doris Greene                    Marilyn Lindquist                    for Vauneta Wiinthrop              & Virginia Sweazey
Carol Brown                        for Patricia O’Hara                                                & Irene Peterson
    for Juanita Chellew                                            for Sharon Lindquist                                                Ann Thelwell
                                 Anne E. Hallstone               Sylvia Lundy                       Anne K. Pierson                      for Sally Platt & Sarah Platt
Helen Bunn                         for Kay Hallstone                                                  for Mary Browne
    for Helen McCullough                                           for India Pritchett Snell                                           Monica Venables
                                 Lola Hammons                    Judith Lyons                       Marilyn Ponting                      for Mother
Nancy Burchett                     for D.M. Hammons                                                   for Belle Bennett
    for Hazel Florus, Elma         & Ada Carpenter                 for Rita Connor                                                     Christine Versti
    Burchett & Zelma Ridgely                                     M&W Tax Service                    Elaine Prendergast                   for Diane Pelletier
                                 Dodie Haskell
Jan Burness                        for Doris Burnett               for Beth Pierce                  A. Joyce Price Jones               Sandra Weber
    for Muriel D. Burness                                        DeDee Macdonald                    Nancy Cook                           for Loneta Luce
                                 Deloris Heathorn                  for Lillian Luce                                                      & Elizabeth Weber
Carol Burnham &                    for Aunt Vera Swanson                                            Professional Printing
Geri McLaughlin                                                  Frances Macdonald                    for Robert Bodine                Tat & Wayne Welcome
                                 Ursula Heitmeyer                  for Lillian Luce                                                      for Nancy, Grace & Susan
    for Lorene Williamson          for Mother                                                       Karenl Pruitt
                                                                 Margaret W. MacPherson               for Ida Sabbath                    Welcome, Lorna Martyn
Susan Busby                      Harriette Hendrickson                                                                                   & Catherine Rodgers
    for Winnie Stewart           Marcia G. Hicks                 Lorna Martyn                       Mildred & Jeffrey Ratto
                                                                   for Tat Welcome, Marge                                              Clara B. Wentz
Charles Carver                     for Elizabeth Davies Ellis                                       Doris Ream                           Josephine Bordogna
    for Helen Carver               & Kathryn Gyde                  James, Monica Martyn               for Gertrude Wright
                                                                   & Mary Ellen Dalgaard                                               Mrs. Frederick Wentz
Elizabeth Chapman                Laura Hoffman                                                      Lucille Richey
    for Mary Casady, Key                                         Ginnie Mason                         for Dolores DeForce &            Diane E. Williams
                                   for Frances Ketterer                                                                                  for Emily Woods England
    Morton & Ruth Howard           & Gladys Baxter                 for Vida West                      Dorothy Healy Seeman
Eva Christiansen                                                 Eileen Mathey                      Zelma Ridgely                      Carol T. Wilson-Bunn
                                 Marjorie Hogle                    for Peggy O’Neill                                                     for Josephine Monseur
    for Mary Swanson             Carl Hopkins                                                         for Lois Foster
                                                                 Janey McArdle                                                           Wilson
Annabelle Cloner                   for Anna Hopkins &                                               Barbara Riggins
    for Joan Spiegel                                             Candace McCorkell                    for Marguerite Hussey            Jean Wilson
                                   Edna Collins                                                                                          for Aunt Isabel &
Bill & Pam Coney                 Lois E. Howe                      for Alice Smetts                 Phyllis & Bud Riggs                  Great Aunt Belle
    for Nancy Pasierb &          Marilyn Hughes                  Tim & Patty McCreery                 for Randy & Daniel Riggs
    Mr. & Mrs. Rem Coney                                           for Verna E. Patton, Ragna                                          Michelle Wisecarver
                                   for Ruth Bancroft                                                Al & Kathleen Robinson               for Janet Wisecarver
Doug & Rosemary Corbin                                             Todresic, Princess Outland         for Alton Robinson Sr., Elvira
                                 Rondi Hurlbut                     & Edith M. Wicks                   Minett & Ada Robinson            Lisa Wiley Woelfel
Marrilee Corley                    for Mary-Louise Walder                                                                                for Marlene Wiley , Kathi
    for Ruth Cohen                                               Barbara Bunn McCullough            Leigh & Ivy Robinson
                                 Jonnie Jacobs                     for Stuart McCullough              for Muriel Robinson, Gladys
                                                                                                                                         Woelfel & Helen Wiley
Susan Cosenza                      for Mitzie Thomas                                                                                   Winifred Wootten
                                                                 Stuart & Barbara McCullough          Levno & Mayme Frank
Charlene Cottingham              Marjaorie Irwin James             for Helen Bunn                                                        for Elva Roach
    for Virginia Sweazey           for Jane Irwin Southard,                                         Betty Rowe
                                                                 Stuart McCullough                    for Mary Louise Benham           Gertrude Wright for
Chris Crecelius                    Betty Irwin Boytin, John A.                                                                           Daisy Gassociat-Madeno
                                   Irwin, Kristin Johnson &        for Barbara McCullough           Galyn Savage
    for Mom                                                        & Neda Sanguinazzi                                                  Evan Young
Patricia Curtis                    Belynda Zobb                                                     Lorraine Schillinger                 for Elinor Young
                                 Joan M. Jackson                 Madeline McLaughlin                  for Bea Slocomb
    for Mable Palmer                                                                                                                   Joy Young
                                   for Elizabeth Hendrickson     Helen Means                        Craig Schlatter
Cecil Cutting                                                      for Florence Hill                                                     for Alan Young
    for Laura Wold Cutting       Fay Johnson                                                          for Theresa Schlatter
                                                                 Jan Medina                                                            Belynda J. Zobb
Mary Ellen Dalgaard                for Fay Mary Lincoln                                             Marlene Sakol                  for Marjorie I. James, Lynn
                                 Judy Johnson                      for Irene Newman                 Christel & Benedikt Schlaus
    for Mary Dobrowolski                                                                                                           Nelson & Phyllis Gotelli
    & Dolores Copp                 for Barbara Crauck            Debra Mehlman                      Claribel Schildler          Ellen Zucker
Beth Darrow                        & Edna Johnson                Margaret Miglia                                                         for Cele Berman
                                                                                                           youth homes      news          7

               In Kind Donations                                       Margie Darnes is Honored as a
                  2004-2005                                             Patriotic Employer
                      Many thanks to all the following people
                     and organizations for making these                On October 17, 2005, an ESGR Patriot Award was presented
                     much needed and appreciated donations.            to honor Mrs. Margie Darnes, Residential Supervisor of
                                                                       Youth Homes’ Pryor Center for her support of Laura McKay,
                                     Michael Heinz                     Residential Counselor, while Ms. McKay also performs her
                                      dump runs                        duties as a Staff Sergeant with the California Air National
Mary Lou Bouchard                                                      Guard, Hayward, California. (ESGR = Employer Support of
  clothing                           Jack & Marcia Hicks
                                      TV & VCR                         the Guard and Reserve)
Brite Smile, Maria Woodrow
  oak bookcase, 8 office chairs,     Joan Hodgkin
  2 mahogany credenzas, 4             refrigerator-freezer
  cafeteria tables                   Susan Iversen
Basic Brown Bear Factory              clothing & accessories
  6 bears & a tour                   Gladys Jimenez
Alan Brown                            freezer
  bicycle                            Anthony & Lori Knaapen
James Cahill                          game console, bed sheets, PDR
  3 Dell monitors                     & craft materials
Liz Callahan                         Willa Lampi
  clothing                            computer, monitor & printer
Robert Carroll                       Dr. Eugene Lipson
  1990 Ford Escort Station            1996 Lincoln Town Car
  Wagon                              Mr. Maguire,                      Left to right: Staff Sergeant Laura McKay; John Woolley, CA Vice
Elaine Cline                         Sea Dog Industries                Chairman, ESGR; Honoree Margie Darnes; Richard Johnson, ESGR;
  dress & make-up bag                 shelving storage cubes           and Stuart McCullough.
Consignment Treasures                Barbara Marsh-Wetherell
  couch & loveseat                    fax machine & computer
Madeline Crandall
  phones, clothing & misc
                                     Bridget McCarthy
                                                                       Ellen Osmundson
                                                                         household items                  Two
                                                                       Bill Bratt
Bob & Faith Cushman
  antique roll-top desk, cassette
                                     Mary Lou Bouchard                   wood door                        Terrific
                                                                       Amar Rajesekhar
  player, color TV, jacket, file
  folders & binders
                                      clothing, canned goods &
                                      bathroom supplies                  camera, calculator, sporting
                                                                         goods & clothing
Liz Cuthbertson                      Tim McCreery
  computer & monitor                  4-drawer bookcase, antique       Randy’s Mobile Auto
                                      solid oak corner bookcase,         auto supplies
Beth Darrow                           teak entertainment center,       Ivy Robinson
  household items                     solid oak dining table,            five 10-piece cookware sets,
Diablo Home Economists                6-drawer dresser with              towel sets & plastic food
  household items                     matching mirror, 5 boxes of        storage containers
Diablo Lincoln Mercury                toys, skateboard & hand-made     Mr. & Mrs. Roth
  facilitated donation of 2 cars      easy chair                         bed frame, headboard &
Mt. Diablo Druids #170               Rolf & Michelle Mehlhorn            mattress
  cereal and school supplies          TV & VCR                         Robert & Thalia Siegel
Kate Fordham                         Bruce Mello                         Maytag washing machine &
  1990 Cadillac                       2 color TVs, VCR, cassette         dryer
                                      player, amplifier & speakers                                       Board Members Lorna Martyn
Ingrid Gardner                                                         J. Lee & Shirley Snell
                                     Ashley Mills                        microwave & saucepan
                                                                                                         and Linda Peterson
  18’ sectional couch & 50’’ HDTV
Matt Guichard                         couch, chair, ottoman & 2 rugs   Mike Sweeny
  dining table, VCR, patio chairs,   Nick Montano                        dishwasher, lounge
  household items & clothing          clothing                           chairs & track lighting
Lorraine Guthmiller
  rose-colored chair
                                     Moraga Rotary Club
                                                                         clothing             thankthank you
The Hasegawa Family
  hundreds of stuffed animals
                                     Carol Orme
                                                                                                        thank you
8 youth homes news

                                                 Youth Homes Needs
                             If you can donate any of the items listed or if you would like to
                               make a contribution, please call Laura Stark at 925-933-2627.
             Cooking Oil                              Hand Soap                         Sandwich Bags
             Macaroni & Cheese                        Cleaning Supplies:                Office Supplies:
             Hamburger Helper                            Pinesol, Windex, 409, Tilex,      paper, pencils, pens,
             Canned Goods:                               Pledge, etc.                      staples, paper clips,
                vegetables, fruit, soups, etc.        Sponges                              binders, spiral notebooks
             Salt/ Pepper                             New Tupperware/plastic            Shampoo
             Sugar                                       storage containers             Conditioner
             Cereal                                   Plastic Wrap                      Feminine Hygiene Products
             Flour                                    Aluminum Foil                     Combs/Brushes
             Laundry Detergent                        Paper Towels                      First Aid Equipment
             Fabric Softener                          Paper Plates                      Blankets
             Bleach                                   Napkins                           Single Bed Sheet Sets
             Dish Soap                                Toilet Paper                      Pillowcases
             Dishwasher Soap                          Freezer Bags                      Dish Towels

                                         New or Used (well-maintained) 7 Passenger Van

                                                                                                            Non-Profit Organization
                                         P. O. Box 5759                                                       U.S. POSTAGE
                                         Walnut Creek, California 94596-1759
                                         Phone (925) 933-2627
                                                                                                              Permit No. 323
           where hope lives and grows                                                                        Walnut Creek, CA

Our Mission
Youth Homes, Inc. is a non-profit
organization committed to serving
the needs of abused, neglected and
delinquent children by providing
comprehensive quality group home
treatment programs and services that
promote the well-being of individuals,
families and the county.
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