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The Transformational Power of Therapy

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A Home Within

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(510) 387-7518
Executive Director: Reed Connell


With a mission to create and support lasting, caring relationships for children and youth in foster care, A Home Within identifies, recruits, trains, and supports a network of licensed therapists who each provide free, weekly, one-to-one therapy to a single foster youth “for as long as it takes.” For foster youth who often watch people move in and out of their lives, our model creates an anchor of support.

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For foster youth, whose access to mental health services is often short-term, episodic, or compulsory, the voluntary long-term one-on-one therapy provided by A Home Within’s therapists can be transformative. The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has long supported A Home Within because it is one of the few organizations that matches foster youth with volunteer therapists who build long-term relationships with youth and commit to working with them for as long as they need. A Home Within is meeting a critical need that has only grown during the COVID pandemic and as mental health challenges continue to be among the top pandemic-related issues cited by youth and youth-serving organizations, A Home Within’s work is more important now than ever.
Elisabeth Cutler
Senior Program Officer, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Expanding the Network

Like everyone else, young people in foster care need good mental health and a sense of well-being in order to experience joy, live resiliently, and thrive. There simply aren’t enough publicly funded mental health professionals to provide the support that can truly make a difference in their lives. 

Help A Home Within reach its 2021 end of year goal of raising $200,000 to expand its network of volunteer therapists and provide vital mental health support to hundreds more foster youth— without interruption, for as long as it takes. Due to a surge in demand, A Home Within needs resources to recruit volunteer therapists like never before. The organization turns every $1 contributed into $5 of professional mental health support for foster youth. With your support, as young people transition from foster care, regardless of which stage of life they are in, they will have the inner tools they need to thrive.

Key Supporters

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Sarnat-Hoffman Family Foundation
Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
The Green Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
MYDAR Foundation
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
The Battery Foundation
Bella Vista Foundation
CASA organizations throughout California
Foster Care Research Group
at the University of San Francisco
11 California Family Foundations
Over 350 Individual Donors