We wanted to thank everyone for helping us get back on our feet after the earthquake on Aug. 24.

Family Service of Napa Valley, the only agency providing bi-lingual, professional mental health services throughout the county to people of every age, stage and income level, was among numerous downtown businesses and agencies to lose use of its building. This was an unprecedented event in our 64-year history.

We were fortunate to connect with Alpine Construction the day of the quake. They were able to come the next day and start the removal of our chimney that had fallen on our roof. Our office was given a yellow tag restricting access to only key staff members. Within four days of the earthquake, On the Move provided temporary office space so we could continue our services with existing clients and new clients.

We also benefited from the Earthquake Disaster Relief fund in Phase 1, established by the Napa Valley Vintners to help with the immediate surge in demand for our services. Our total reconstruction costs have come in just over $100,000 to repair all the damage to our 1880 Victorian that serves as our main clinic.

In an effort to help us, City Winery hosted a fundraiser in September where all ticket sales were donated to help pay for recovery costs. On Oct. 30, two months and six days after the quake, we received the coveted green tag from the city allowing us to invite back our clients and continue our work at the main clinic on 709 Franklin St.

The generosity of the community in which we live is truly special. We could not have been back operating in such a short period of time without all the help we received.

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We are opening our doors to the public for the first time to show everyone the newly renovated clinic. The Holiday Open House sponsored by The Doctors Company will be Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fly-Wine.com will be pouring wine and selling special custom-labeled bottles; $5 will be donated to Family Service with any three-bottle purchase that will go towards earthquake recovery costs now totaling $100,000. Napa Valley Bistro will be catering small bites. Both businesses are sponsors of Family Service in the Give!Guide this year supporting giving in our community.

Michele Farhat, director of development

Family Service of Napa Valley

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