Family Service of Napa Valley is the oldest nonprofit in Napa County, and after 65 years of providing mental health services to people of every age, stage and income level, they are reinventing themselves.

The unveiling of the new name will take place at a ribbon-cutting ceremony/open house Oct. 16 at their new home, located at 1700 Second St. in the Robert Louis Stevenson Building.

The public is invited to come and see the new expanded clinic from 10 a.m. to noon (tours and refreshments provided). A brief presentation from Rep. Mike Thompson, Family Services Board President Kathryn Winter and Executive Director Rob Weiss will begin the festivities.

The re-brand is a result of an 18-month-long process involving the staff, board of directors, and partners to clearly and succinctly communicate their impact throughout the county. Their hope is to crystallize their role as the mental health champion for all of Napa, and they realized the name “Family Service” no longer serves as a powerful signal of their hard work and efforts.

Family Service agencies were created post-World War II to specifically serve veterans and their families. The sense was that the current name did not reflect the promise and personality of Family Service – especially as an agency that serves all Napa residents, regardless of age or income.

The organization was recognized as Outstanding Nonprofit of the year in 2014. They have brought all of their Napa-based clinicians under one roof in their new space, streamlined operational efficiency and created a welcoming space for clients. Upvalley clinicians will remain in offices at Up Valley Family Resource Center, Calistoga Schools and Ole Health.

As they move into this exciting new chapter, Deputy Director Michele Farhat promises that the new and improved organization “will continue to bring our experience as a provider of mental health services across the county.” She added, “we will collaborate as the mental health arm to local agencies and educate and train the next generation of clinicians.”

Even with the new name, the mission remains the same — to do the best job possible equipping Napa County residents with the necessary tools to live emotionally healthy, stable lives.

For information, contact Farhat at mfarhat@familyservicenapa.org or check out their website at FamilyServiceNapa.org.

Napa Valley Business Expo

Just wanted to say thank you to the 80-plus vendors that have signed on to join us for the 2015 Napa Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. A special ‘thank you’ to presenting sponsors Mechanics Bank and Napa Ford/Lincoln. The event will take place at the Napa Valley Expo at Chardonnay Hall on Oct. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will include plenty of great food and wine. At the request of my two children — one a real-life princess and the other a superhero — the first hour of the event will also include kid’s trick-or-treating and a costume parade (age 12 and under). Admission is $10 at the door on the day of event or $8 if registering in advance at NapaChamber.com. Hope to see you all there.

Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit NapaChamber.com.

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