Since 1986, Mountain Circle has supported over 2,000 children and families in their journey to a healthier future. Our approach is simple: Offer the best possible training to resource families, provide 24/7 support by experienced social workers/mentors, and equip older foster youth with the skills they will need to be productive adults in the real world.
Mission: Mountain Circle Family Services is a non-profit community based organization, committed to ensuring stability and life sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children.
As a small non-profit, every dollar makes a difference. Where do your fundraising dollars go?
- $50 buys the training materials for one foster family to become certified loving caregivers
- $150 buys emergency clothing for a child who comes in with nothing
- $200 provides an older youth with an outdoor leadership adventure weekend
- $1,000 pays for the certification fees of ten foster parent families
- $2,000 pays for 24/7 support by a trained Social Worker to a foster family for a whole year
Current Programs and accomplishments: The ‘Inspiration House,’ a residential mentoring program for foster youth (located just north of Reno in Susanville, CA), and the ‘Nu-2-U’ Store which provides on-site vocational training for older foster youth ages 16-21. The ‘New-2-U’ store is a profitable thrift store and employment training center for youth transitioning out of the foster care system. This program has become a model for other agencies, earning revenue for foster children’s programs while teaching older foster youth important vocational skills. Mountain Circle provides part-time paid employment in conjunction with training on money management and basic life skills. Between our four offices in Northern CA and Nevada, our staff work with an average of 75 children and youth in foster care on any given day. Mountain Circle’s programs are effective: 100% of the residents in the Inspiration House are employed or enrolled full-time in school and some 67% remain so a year later – almost double the rate of more traditional foster care programs. Four years later, 75% of participants remain in contact with their job-site mentor and are employed at least part-time. None were homeless.