Bill Wilson Center

Santa Clara, CA   |  http://www.billwilsoncenter.org

Mission

Bill Wilson Center's mission is to support and strengthen the community by serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education, and advocacy. Bill Wilson Center's vision is working to prevent poverty in the next generation by connecting youth and families to education, employment, housing and positive relationships. We are working toward ending youth and family homelessness.

Ruling year info

1974

CEO

Ms. Sparky Harlan

Main address

3490 The Alameda

Santa Clara, CA 95050 USA

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EIN

94-2221849

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The extreme high cost of housing in Santa Clara County continues to push youth and families into homelessness. Bill Wilson Center is working to identify youth and families at-risk of becoming homelessness and working with them to find solutions that provide stability in their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Housing

Counseling and Outreach Services:
* Family and Individual Counseling Center provides low-cost, professional counseling services to individuals and families in the Santa Clara Valley.
* School Outreach Counseling Program provides counseling services to students in the middle and high schools of Santa Clara Unified School District.

Residential Services:
* Runaway and Homeless Youth Residential Program offers short-term housing to youth (ages 11 - 17), as well as intensive individual, group and family counseling.
* Quetzal House is a six-bed, short-term group home for girls ages 13 ? 17 who are chronic runaways from the foster care system.

Youth Services:
* Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) teaches youth in foster care the skills they need to become self-sufficient.
* Restorative Justice Program provides first time offenders an alternative to incarceration and/or citation by the local police and/or probation department.
* Safe Place provides youth with access to services or safety. Safe Place Community Outreach provides leadership skills to youth.
* Peer Education Training recruits, trains, and supervises peer educators who provide prevention services, mentoring, and tutoring.

Family Services:
* Contact Cares provides objective listening, caring involvement, and information and referrals on 24-hour crisis lines.
* Para Las Familias Visitation Center provides supervised visitation designed to lessen impact of separation when a child is removed from the parent?s custody.

Transitional Housing:
* Transitional Housing Program provides housing and support services for older, homeless youth ages 16 ? 22, including parenting youth and their infants/ toddlers.
* Transitional Housing Placement Program provides similar services for youth who are currently in the foster care system.

Centre for Living with Dying:
* Centre for Living With Dying provides emotional support to adults and children facing life-threatening illness or the trauma of having a loved one die.

Drop-In Center:
* Drop-In Center for homeless youth provides basic necessities as well as counseling, job readiness, housing assistance, HIV prevention, and links to other community services.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

Mental Health Services for Medi-Cal eligible children and youth, including therapy and psychiatric services.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

Residential Services for runaway and homeless youth, group and family counseling and a short term group home for girls 13-17 who are chronic runaways from foster care.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bill Wilson Center is committed to working with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973.

There are eight guiding principles that drive Bill Wilson Center in developing and implementing programs and services:

No Fail
Everyone can be successful. We keep trying.

Least Restrictive Environment
We help people solve problems at the family and the community level; public institutions are the last resort.

Diversity
We provide services that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of our whole community. We value our unique ethnic diversity as well as the LGBTQ community and non-able body community. Our clients, staff, and volunteers reflect our community.

Strength-Based
We look for the positive in each person and build on those assets.

Youth Development and Leadership
We support youth. We help build leadership skills by involving youth in programs and planning for their future, many services are youth-led.

Advocacy
We work on improving systems that do not meet the needs of youth and families.

Collaboration
We work with others to provide a continuum of services; we focus on all the needs of the individual, including health, housing and well-being.

Families Matter
We help keep families together and build reconnections to families. We recognize that “families" come in all shapes and sizes.

Centre for Living with Dying (CLW) – Provide counseling, therapy, crisis intervention and education to children, adolescents and adults dealing with grief and loss.
Outpatient – Provide family and individual counseling on topics of family conflict, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, out-of-control behavior and school-related issues.
School Outreach – Provide middle and high school youth in Santa Clara County Unified School District with counseling on school performance, family conflict, drug prevention, gang involvement, truancy, etc.
Family Advocacy Services – Provide homeless prevention and school based family advocacy service to youth, family and school staff at Lincoln High School and Mt. Pleasant High School.
Foster Family Agency (FFA) (ages 0 to 18) – Provide stable, caring, temporary homes for children who have been removed from their families. Foster homes are intended to provide short or long term care while the child prepares for permanency, whether returning to birth family members or adoption by the foster family.
Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) (ages 16 to 18) – Provide housing and life skills training to foster care youth. The goal is to help youth find and maintain permanent housing and to live independently with confidence.
Transitional Housing Program Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) (ages 18 to 21) – Provide support services to non-minor dependent single and parenting foster care youth to prepare them to live independently.
Peacock Commons – Provide supportive housing program consisting of 28 unit and six live-in mentors providing services to including case management, employment counseling, etc., to chronically or at-risk of homeless young adult.
TAY INN – Provide a 90 day temporary housing program and Peer Partners provide supportive services including linkage to community resource, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, transitional planning, etc.
Transitional Housing Program (THP) – Provide a 24 month program and staff provides comprehensive services to single and parenting young adults. Young adults live in shared and minimally supervised houses.
Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) – Provide a 24 month program in which young adults participate in one of three model including scattered sites (own apartments, shared housing, etc.), host homes (reside with their former foster family or other life-long connection) or residence halls at San Jose State University. Supportive services include goal setting, counseling and life skill training.
Peacock Commons – Provide supportive housing program consisting of 28 unit and six live-in mentors providing services to including case management, employment counseling, etc., to chronically or at-risk of homeless young adult.
TAY INN – Provide a 90 day temporary housing program and Peer Partners provide supportive services including linkage to community resource, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, transitional plan

In Fiscal Year 2020, staff across the agency provided services to more than 5,000 individuals participating in counseling, education, foster care, housing, mental health, basic needs, probation and shelter programs, and reached more than 30,000 individuals through BWC's outreach programs and crisis hotlines.

Largest group of individuals served were 12-25 years of age.

Female individuals were more likely to access counseling, housing, and mental health services (Centre for Living with Dying; Outpatient; School Outreach; Transitional Housing; Transitional Housing Plus Foster Care, etc.).

Male individuals were more likely to access short-term services, shelter, and probation services (Respite; Drop-In Center; TAY INN; Status Offender Services, Support Enhancement Services, Competency Development Services, etc.).

Mental Health – 722 youth and young adults received mental health received services.

Family Advocacy Services – 100% of the students, whose families were helped, were able to stay in school.

Transitional Housing – Successfully discharged 83% young adults to safe and stable housing.

Safety Net Shelter – 86% success rate of reuniting youth their parents, kin or other stable placement.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bill Wilson Center

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ron Ricci

Cisco

Term: 2016 -


Board co-chair

Helen Grays Jones

Meriwest Credit Union

Term: 2020 -

Elaine Burns

Merritt College

Alex Wilson

George Delucchi

Delucchi, Hawn & Company

Mark Weiner

Versa Networks

Cynthia O'Leary

Intero Real Estate Services

Ron Ricci

Cisco (retired)

Karen Guldan

Trimble

Helen Grays Jones

Meriwest Credit Union

Tracy Hanson

Adobe (retired)

Pedro Murillo

Deborah Stanley

Sparky Harlan

Bill Wilson Center

Samantha Hernandez

Erika Gasaway

Hopkins & Carley

Micael Estremera

Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data