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Host Lissa Kreisler chats with Marico Sayoc about Unity Care, 25 years of housing and support for foster youth. Joining Marico are Sheila Thompson and Alex Potts, amazing volunteers for Boys Team Charity who proudly share that their sons chose Unity Care as their philanthropy senior project this year. Watch Community Storytelling: Stories about People…

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Thanksgiving as One Big Family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 19, 2018 Trying to provide a quality Thanksgiving meal for 13 homes and 3 apartment complexes is a task that does not come easy. Living in these homes are foster youth ages 16­­–24 who may not have a family to celebrate the holidays. On Saturday, November 17, 2018, The Links—San Jose…


Foster Youth in the Bay Area Housing Crisis

The Bay Area housing crunch hits our most vulnerable residents hardest. That includes our local foster youth. In this episode, Andre Chapman, CEO and founder of Unity Care, is joined by Gina Dalma, SVCF’s vice president of government relations, to discuss a new SVCF report about the housing challenges currently facing foster youth in the Bay Area.


PropelNext announces Northern California Cohort

PropelNext guides next-generation nonprofits through transformational change to achieve results for youth. Unity Care is on of 12 organizations selected to receive a California PropelNext grant and participate in the three-year initiative. Unity Care will receive a $200,000 grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation along with an investment of expert one-on-one coaching, group learning sessions, and…


The Mercury News — “But will he bring Oprah?”

Sunday, August 12, 2018 | Pg. B2 Sam Pizarro, The Mercury News, There won’t be an empty seat in the house Aug. 25 when educator and entrepreneur Stedman Graham — probably best known to the world as Oprah Winfrey’s partner — delivers the keynote at Unity Care Group’s seventh annual YouthLive! Gala on Aug….

CEO's Corner

The Importance of Mental Health

A few weeks ago, I contributed to an article published on the front page of The Mercury News. It’s subject; a recent report on SJPD ‘use of force’ and the steps they have taken to improve interactions between police officers and the community. As part-two of a story released in January 2018, the article highlights…

CEO's Corner

Housing: Priority #1

Every day, foster youth and families struggle to find a sense of stability; in their work, in their educational pursuits, and in their personal lives. All too often, they are forced to divert their focus from the “normal” challenges of life, to deal with the added burden of housing insecurity. 40-50% of youth who age…

CEO's Corner

Unity Care turns 25! #GratitudeJourney

When we opened our first home for foster youth on August 14, 1993, I could not have envisioned growing to serve over 7,500 youth and families across the Bay Area each year. Because of the dedication shown by staff, volunteers and community partners, we have been able to transform the lives of tens of thousands…


AB12: A Promise in Progress – The Chronicle of Social Change

By Lauren Gonzalves Read full article: Thousands of California foster youth are choosing to remain in the hands of the foster care system past their eighteenth birthdays. They are hoping to make use of the newly extended access to housing, funding, and support made possible by the passage of Assembly Bill 12 in 2010,…

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