Supervisor Horsley Recognizes Outgoing Board Member's Service to Caminar

During our May Board of Directors meeting, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley presented outgoing board member Carol Whitfield with a commendation for her service to Caminar.

Supervisor Horsley thanked Carol for the six years she served as a member of the Caminar Board of Directors, during which time she helped the organization increase in size by nearly 50 percent.

Carol’s energy targeting growth in fundraising and merger opportunities was unmatched, and her successful business career helped guide Caminar to become more efficient in its operations and marketing efforts. Her involvement with Caminar’s annual fundraising event, In Concert With Caminar, has resulted in over $1.4 million dollars raised for the organization. She guided and led the expansion of board member recruitment, attracting prominent community leaders, who expanded the organization’s fundraising capacity and network. As well, Carol worked tirelessly to create the merger opportunity with Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley.

We appreciate Supervisor Horsley’s recognition of Carol for her outstanding service to Caminar and commitment to help those in San Mateo County. We, too, are tremendously grateful for Carol’s unwavering support of Caminar. We are thrilled she will remain actively involved in Caminar as part of our Advisory Committee.

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FCS Division Participates in National Night Out

On Tuesday evening, August 1, our Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS) division participated in two National Night Out events held in San Jose.

National Night Out is an annual event that recognizes the role we all have in building neighborhoods that safer, more caring places to live. Across the country, more than 38 million people and 16,000 communities came together to build and enhance relationships in their neighborhoods. San Jose hosted several events, and FCS was thrilled to have a presence at the gatherings at both St. James Park and Emma Pursch Farm Park.

We appreciated the opportunity to connect with neighbors, share information about our services, discuss community concerns, and hear from speakers, including Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Special thanks to our FCS Substance Use Services and Teen FAST Program teams for heading up our participation!

San Mateo County Clients Celebrate Summer at Caminar’s Annual Picnic

San Mateo County clients enjoyed our annual client picnic on Friday, July 21, 2017. Set in San Mateo’s Central Park on a beautiful afternoon, the picnic included lunch and plenty of entertainment.

Our clients were treated to a hearty lunch buffet of classic picnic fare: barbecue, rolls, salad, fruit, macaroni salad, fruit salad, and an array of sweets for dessert. During lunch, clients and staff lined up for a caricature artist, who quickly drew humorous portraits for all. More fun and games began once appetites were satisfied, including bingo, potato sack races, water balloon toss, arts and crafts, ping pong, and corn hole.

Staff loved seeing clients outside of program offices, dressed up for the occasion, having fun, and soaking in the sun and festivities. Our guests enjoyed socializing outside of the office with other clients, friends, caseworkers, and staff members. A thankful client expressed gratitude to Caminar for life-saving services and a few guests particularly appreciated seeing one of our Bridges to Wellness nurses enjoying a chocolate cupcake, with the reminder that sweets are okay in moderation!

We are appreciative of all who joined the fun and enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the park. 

SAMCAR Foundation Grant Awarded to Caminar

Caminar is honored to receive a grant from the SAMCAR (San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®) Foundation, which strives to financially assist local nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for residents in San Mateo County. The SAMCAR Foundation has been a generous, ongoing supporter of our supported housing services since 2011.

With the contribution from the SAMCAR Foundation, Caminar will continue to help people in the San Mateo community with severe mental illness (SMI) obtain and maintain suitable housing. SAMCAR Foundation’s grant will support our supported housing services in San Mateo by helping defray costs associated with housing and emergency housing support. With supported housing, our clients are able to maintain a healthy living situation within the community and begin the journey towards recovery.

We are grateful for the SAMCAR Foundation’s contribution; grants from community partners like the SAMCAR Foundation help us further to our mission to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness by providing opportunities to live in the community with dignity and independence.

WRC Clients Speed Over to the Sonoma Raceway for Fun in the Sun

The Wellness Recovery Center was able to secure an in–kind donation of Sonoma Raceway Tickets for clients to enjoy. The tickets were obtained by the mother of a WRC client who has expressed her appreciation and support for all that the WRC does for her child. 

In total, the tickets have a retail value of $750.00. We are very thankful for this donation, as it has provided a brand new experience for many WRC clients. The event consisted of hot cars, hot sun, and lots of fun!



Solano County WRC Clients Treated to a San Francisco Giants Walk-Off Win

Clients of our Solano County Wellness and Recovery Center (WRC) enjoyed San Francisco Giants baseball on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017. As with previous outings to local events, this trip to the yard was made possible through a collaboration with the Community Access Tickets Service (CATS).

WRC clients reveled in an exciting game between the Giants and the Cleveland Indians, complete with a 10th inning walk-off win for the home team. Clients and staff also enjoyed the relatively-warm San Francisco evening, ballpark food, and camaraderie.

We remain greatly appreciative of the generous support of CATS, which allows clients to attend sporting and entertainment events at no cost and fosters positive community participation and integration.

WRC Collaborates with Another Chapter

Caminar’s Wellness Recovery Center Solano Region is collaborating with Another Chapter. This organization "encourages a love for reading and is committed to providing access to books to children & adults in need." Their mission is to share the joy of reading and connect with the local community by providing free books.

The WRC just received their 1st donation of books from Another Chapter and clients absolutely love the periodicals, books, and magazines provided. Natalie from Another Chapter will visit the Wellness Recovery Center every 30 to 60 days to enrich our clients with the gift of reading! 

You can see all the wonderful things that Another Chapter is doing here:


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3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium Highlights

On May 18, 2017, more than 200 guests convened at Filoli for our 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium. We would like to thank our illustrious speakers who shared new research and generous sponsors who made possible this valuable educational event.

PANELISTS (Click on the presentation title to view the slides):

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special evening! Our very special thanks to photographer Michael Collopy.

Tonight in Vallejo: A Conversation about Mental Health

Tonight, May 16, representatives from Caminar Solano will be taking part in a community conversation about mental health. We're delighted to be partnering with Vallejo Police Citizen's Workshop to raise awareness about mental health and our services during Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us!

Join us!

  • Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • Cost: Free! No advance registration required.
  • Location: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590

Click here to view the event webpage.

Read about the event in the Times Herald!

Solano Region Libraries Showcase Mental Health Month Posters

Library patrons are being educated about Mental Health Month and the services that Caminar provides thanks to a donation by Tim and Susan McDonald of the Vallejo Arts Counsel. Ken Langill, Program Coordinator at the Wellness Recovery Center, secured 7 Mental Health Month posters and informational brochures that showcase the Wellness Recovery Center, FSP Program, CCM Program, Supported Housing, and our homeless outreach program called H.O.M.E. You can see the displays at the following locations:

Benicia Library, Benicia, CA

Springtown Library, Vallejo, CA

John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA

Cordelia Library, Fairfield, CA

Fairfield Library, Civic Center, Fairfield, CA

Suisun Library, Suisun, CA

Vacaville Library (Town Square) Vacaville, CA

The WRC Decorates Vallejo City Hall for Mental Health Month

It's May, which means it's Mental Health Month! In order to celebrate and raise awareness around mental health issues, clients from Caminar's Wellness Recovery Center have decorated Vallejo City Hall with beautifully crafted digital and hand painted art.

In total, 20 oil painted tapestries and 30 digital images are on display as a part of the 2nd Art Inspiration event held at this location. We would like to extend a big "thanks" to Gary Cullen, local retired photographer and mental health advocate, for volunteering a lot of his time and technical support to bring this project to fruition. We encourage you to check out his work at Please enjoy some photos of the decorated Vallejo City Hall:





WRC Clients had a Ball at the Oakland A's Game

The Wellness Recovery Center is privileged and grateful for being able to take clients to an Oakland A’s vs. Anaheim Angels Baseball game on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. This event was made possible through a collaboration with the CATS (Community Access Tickets) Program.

The WRC clients had a lot of fun eating cotton candy and tuna fish sandwiches from their lunch that day at the WRC. 

They are looking forward to additional games and other entertainment events, which are provided at no cost to clients. The pictures below were taken during the game at the Oakland Coliseum. 

WRC Clients Visit the Empress Theater

Clients from The Wellness Recovery Center were able to go to the Empress Theater and experience live music for free on February 22nd, 2017.

The Empress Theatre is a historical landmark located in downtown Vallejo, California built in 1911.

This visit is part of the ongoing efforts of the WRC to provide clients with experiences that they may not otherwise be able to receive due to economic circumstances. 

Please enjoy the images below, which were taken at the event.