Unity Care is a minority-led, strengths-based, family-focused, and culturally proficient youth and family development agency. Since 1993, our mission is to “provide quality youth and family programs for the purpose of creating healthier communities through lifelong partnerships.” Each year, Unity Care advocates the most effective form of care for 3,500 at-risk foster children and families to improve their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. Unity Care offers innovative community-based, mental health and housing programs with offices in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Placer counties.
We have three main objectives:
Our programs focus on helping at-risk youth and emancipating/emancipated foster youth by addressing their personal, social, and family problems in a residential treatment and/or community setting. Unity Care challenges the impact of drugs, gangs and other self-destructive activities through education, self-management, interpersonal skill building, and the opportunity to regularly interact with a variety of positive role models. A disproportionately large number of inner-city youths and children of low-income households are being victimized by the ills of today’s society. The once popular aspirations of growing up in a supportive family environment, graduating from high school, attending college, and becoming a contributing member of society have been driven away by the exploding popularity of drugs, gangs and other self-destructive activities.
Those youth who are able to get through the environmental challenges by attempting to better themselves through education and healthy extra-curricular activities are being challenged by yet another force — governmental cutbacks that negatively affect school budgets, reduce the number of after school programs, and all but eliminate weekend and summer recreational programs and job training.
We have maintained close ties with the many young men and women who have graduated from Unity Care. As they move forward in their lives pursuing further academic excellence and professional achievement, they continue to actively take part in Unity Care’s programs and serve as positive role models, tutors, and mentors for younger generations.
We believe that by providing a safe, nurturing and creative environment full of social, academic, spiritual, and professional development opportunities we will overcome the stagnation and poverty that have been so dominant in the minority sector.