A New Vision for Stanislaus County

Imagine our potential as a community if…

  • Our families are healthy—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Our families are supported by strong and safe neighborhoods and communities.
  • Our children and young people are getting a first-rate education—from cradle to career.
  • Our families are participating in and supported by a healthy economy.

As part of the Focus on Prevention Initiative, we’re not only imagining this for our future, we’re inviting you to join us in taking the next steps in helping us realize it.

Focus on Prevention is building a movement to strengthen Stanislaus County families, and the neighborhoods and communities, schools and businesses, and other institutions that help them thrive. This movement emerged from a passion among leaders to support our county’s families, and a deep concern about how many of our children are growing up without the active support and engagement of their fathers and other loving adults.

We have started this effort by building a movement to prevent homelessness. We started here because people who are homeless, or are struggling to avoid becoming homeless, have often become separated from strong families and communities—with typically tragic consequences. While we have started by focusing on people who are homeless, ultimately we are building a movement that supports and strengthens every family in our county.

The Stewardship Council has developed the overarching results for the Focus on Prevention Initiative.  Unlike a business, where everyone understands that success is measured by profit and shareholder value, one of the first tasks of this movement is to clarify what success means, and how we will measure it.

This movement is driven to achieve and sustain four results our families and communities:

  1. Our families are healthy—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  2. Our families are supported by strong and safe neighborhoods and communities.
  3. Our children and young people are getting a first-rate education—from cradle to career.
  4. Our families are participating in and supported by a healthy economy.

Next Steps 

Over the Holiday season and early next year, Stewardship Council members will lead dialogues within their respective sectors to solicit feedback on the above result areas, and start to build shared commitment to effect these results through sustained and aligned actions across multiple sectors and communities. Then, a multi-sector Action Council will be convened to develop strategies, and align current efforts, breaking down silos, and working towards these shared results.

And in Spring 2017, we’re asking you to join us for the Strengthening Families Summit as we launch this effort together to strengthen our families and communities.

View the summary report on the Focus on Prevention Results.

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