Project Ninety Division Celebrates the Retirement of Founder and Former Executive Director Jim Stansberry

Project Ninety Executive Director Jim Buckner, Caminar CEO Mark Cloutier, Jim Stansberry, and Senator Jerry Hill

Project Ninety Executive Director Jim Buckner, Caminar CEO Mark Cloutier, Jim Stansberry, and Senator Jerry Hill

Jim Stansberry, a founder and former Executive Director of Project Ninety, recently celebrated his retirement. Surrounded by friends, clients, colleagues, and family, he was recognized for his long-standing and deep commitment to Project Ninety and the community. 

Senator Jerry Hill awarded Mr. Stansberry a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition for his 30 years of outstanding work in the organization. He explained that Mr. Stansberry’s soul made Project Ninety a success, and he applauded his commitment, service, and love for the organization.

Jim Buckner, the current Executive Director of Project Ninety, shared that the special, family feel of the organization came straight from Mr. Stansberry himself. He further explained that Mr. Stansberry's support of his staff is unparalleled and a huge contributor to the success of the team.

Many clients and staff members also shared reflections and appreciation of Mr. Stansberry. The evening was exactly as the team intended; a backyard barbecue with friends and family where everyone enjoyed good food, had some fun, and told great stories.

Thank you, Mr. Stansberry, for your service and compassion. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Caminar Connections Spring 2019 Edition

We are pleased to share with you our spring edition of edition of Caminar Connections, our newsletter highlighting all that our supporters help to make possible for people in our communities in need.

This newsletter shares highlights of our 2018 Annual Report, including our fiscal year 2018 statement of financials, highlights, and impact. In addition, this edition features the story of Eddrena, who with the help of Caminar’s Supported Housing Program, has finally found a safe place to call home, heal from past trauma, and move forward in health and wellness.

Thank you to all of our supporters and donors who help to provide life-changing services to individuals and families as they move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. 

Sharing Our Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

Caminar Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

Caminar Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

Because of you—our donors, community partners, government funders, volunteers, and friends—individuals and families receive the care they need to be empowered and supported as they move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. Thank you.

We are pleased to share with you our 2018 Annual Report, which details the life-changing work you make possible.

As you may know, the Caminar family has grown by welcoming Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, Project Ninety, and Healthy Partnerships. These mergers have expanded our reach and strengthened our capacity to help our most vulnerable neighbors toward an improved quality of life.

This Annual Report reflects the combined organization and the combined impact: Last year, with your support, we reached more than 20,000 people of all ages with education, treatment, and support that prevent and promote recovery from complex conditions, including mental health, substance use, and family violence. 

Thank you for your compassion and generosity. Because of you, our most vulnerable neighbors have comprehensive support on the path to wellness.

Caminar Welcomes Mark Cloutier as CEO

Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH

Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors is excited to announce that Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH, has joined Caminar as CEO as of January 31, 2019.

Mark brings a unique set of skills and experience to his role at Caminar. With Master’s degrees in public policy and public health, he has extensive experience in leadership roles in esteemed nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the Bay Area, including Horizons Services, San Francisco Foundation, the Center for Youth Wellness, Kaiser Family Foundation, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Mark has dedicated his career to increasing access to quality health and supportive services and improving communities’ overall health and well-being.

Mark says, “Improving the health of communities begins with understanding the role of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and social determinants of health in predisposing individuals, families and communities to poor mental health and physical health outcomes. Caminar is in a unique position to address the comprehensive needs of individuals, families and communities though our trauma informed, evidence based clinical services and our collaborations with government, nonprofit and community institutions to focus on and remedy root causes.”

Read today’s press release announcing Mark’s appointment here.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope your 2019 is off to a wonderful start.

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Your support makes so much possible for our clients, including the opportunity to express and heal themselves through the arts. This beautiful photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken by a client in our Expressive Arts program, which offers group workshops with Teaching Artists, including world-renowned photographer Michael Collopy.

Bridges are rich in symbolism, emblematic of connections, progress, and transitions. This photo represents the photographer's personal journey of wellness and recovery, made with the help of Caminar, while also invoking the journeys of clients and their families across our organization, and even our own.

2018 was a year of great connections and progress for Caminar, including the acquisition of Healthy Partnerships in May and the merger with Project Ninety in June. Combined with the merger with Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley in 2017, we have greatly strengthened our capacity agency-wide to support and empower the complex needs of the most marginalized local individuals and families as they move toward resilience, wellness, and independence.

Last year, thanks to the generosity and compassion of our donors, we served more than 20,000 individuals on their journeys toward progress and positive transitions.

Throughout the year, we look forward to sharing with you more stories about the life-changing services you help to make possible. Our 2018 Annual Report will be ready next month. And, we have great transitions on the horizon, including introducing and welcoming a new CEO to Caminar soon. Stay tuned!

Please mark your calendar for our 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon on April 26, 2019, in Menlo Park. The event will feature David Sheff, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.

A Look Back at 2018

With 2019 fast approaching, we look back on Caminar's impact in 2018.

Because of the generosity of our donors and funders, more than 20,000 people last year made progress in overcoming major life challenges and moved toward greater resilience, wellness, and independence. 

From all of us at Caminar and our Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, Healthy Partnerships, and Project Ninety divisions, thank you!

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Jason Finds Recovery and Wellness Through Our Project Ninety Division

Jason grew up in a state of turmoil. His parents divorced when he was a baby and he never knew his father. His life spiraled downward when his mom married an abusive alcoholic. He experienced abandonment and depression, never did well in school, and felt like he didn't fit in.

To escape an abusive home life, Jason ran away and turned to drugs and alcohol.

Jason connected with mental health and recovery services after time in juvenile hall. His life seemed to be heading in a better direction. But, drugs and alcohol lurked back into his life.

After 15 years of substance abuse, Jason committed to change his life.

On his 30th birthday, Jason knew he had to change his life for good. He sought treatment at Project Ninety. After completing our 90-day program, Jason continued on his path to wellness by becoming a Project Ninety volunteer and taking part in the 12-step recovery program.

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Recovery is possible with the right support.

Today, with over three years of sobriety, Jason is thriving, enjoying life, and reconnecting with friends and family. He is employed in work where he is making a difference in our community and is continuing his college education.

Jason credits Caminar’s Project Ninety division with helping him to turn his life around.

Without the generous support of our donors and funders, Jason may not be here today.

Caminar and our Project Ninety and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley divisions combined to help more than 20,000 people last year overcome life challenges and move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. We couldn’t have done it without our circle of support.

San Mateo Daily Journal Features Caminar and Project Ninety Merger

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The San Mateo Daily Journal featured news of the Caminar and Project Ninety merger last week. 

As the article states, "A merger between two longtime San Mateo nonprofits with decades of experience providing behavioral health services and substance use treatment is set to bolster the resources available to those managing mental health conditions."

Read more at The Daily Journal.

Caminar Connections Summer 2018 Edition

We are happy to share our summer 2018 edition of Caminar Connections, our newsletter highlighting all that our supporters help to make possible for people in our communities in need.

This edition features the inspiring story of Daniel, a Jobs Plus client, who is advancing his recovering and regaining his sense of self-worth through gainful employment. 

The newsletter also highlights the newest additions to the Caminar family, Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, Healthy Partnerships, and Project Ninety

We are grateful to all of our supporters and donors who help to provide life-changing services to individuals and families as they move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. 

 

 

Nonprofits Caminar and Project Ninety Announce Merger

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Nonprofits Caminar and Project Ninety Announce Merger
Partnership Will Expand Capacity for Integrated Behavioral Health Care on the Peninsula

San Mateo, CA – Two nonprofit behavioral health organizations with decades of service to individuals and families on the Peninsula have joined forces. As of June 1, 2018, Caminar and Project Ninety, both headquartered in San Mateo, have merged, making Project Ninety the newest division of Caminar. By bringing together mental health and substance use treatment programs, Caminar and Project Ninety will strengthen support in San Mateo County for individuals in recovery, especially adults with co-occurring disorders.

Caminar and Project Ninety have collaborated for many years to serve local residents with complex behavioral health needs. The new organization has an operating budget of $37 million and more than 450 employees. Caminar, which serves more than 14,000 individuals annually, also has operations in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano and Butte counties. As a division of Caminar, Project Ninety will help to advance the organization’s mission: to empower and support individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness and independence.

Caminar has been expanding over the last 18 months through partnerships with established, pioneering behavioral health organizations. In January 2017, Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, which has been serving children, youth and adults in Santa Clara County since 1948, became a division of Caminar. In May 2018, Caminar acquired Healthy Partnerships, which offers mental health, substance use treatment and DUI programs in Solano County. The addition of Project Ninety continues the organization’s strategy of extending its continuums of care to meet the complex needs of individuals and families.

Jim Stansberry (left) of Project Ninety division, with Caminar COO Karen Gianuario and CEO Charles “Chip” Huggins

Jim Stansberry (left) of Project Ninety division, with Caminar COO Karen Gianuario and CEO Charles “Chip” Huggins

“By bringing together Caminar’s and Project Ninety’s expertise and programs, we will enhance care for San Mateo County adults who are living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders,” said Charles “Chip” Huggins, CEO of Caminar. “Our organizations share a strong belief in recovery and in the importance of empowering people with essential skills and support to advance wellness and recovery.”

“San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has enjoyed a partnership with both Caminar and Project Ninety for many years to provide behavioral health services to our consumers and families. We are pleased to learn that they will be joining forces to enhance their services and strengthen their work with persons with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders,” said David A. Young, PhD, MPH, Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, San Mateo County Health System. “We look forward to our continued relationship with the merged organization in our mutual commitment to serving communities in San Mateo County.”

Through the merger, two members of Project Ninety’s Board of Directors have joined the Board of Directors of Caminar: John M. Bentley Jr. and Ken Koskella. Project Ninety Executive Director Jim Stansberry, who joined the organization in 1989, will assist with the merger transition in a consulting role.

“Project Ninety is looking forward to the joint continuation of services to the community and those in San Mateo and the Bay Area,” said Jim Stansberry.

Project Ninety’s San Mateo County programs are continuing. 

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About Caminar

Founded in San Mateo, California, in 1964, Caminar serves more than 14,000 individuals annually in San Mateo, Solano, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Butte counties. The nonprofit organization’s portfolio of behavioral health and supportive services empowers and supports individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence.

About Project Ninety

For more than four decades, Project Ninety has served individuals, families and the Bay Area community through its residential alcohol and substance abuse recovery services. The organization operates licensed residential substance abuse treatment programs in San Mateo County. More information at www.projectninety.org.