Economic Success and Adult Education

Economic stability is a critical element for the well-being of families. We provide free tax preparation, ITIN application and renewal assistance, financial coaching, assistance with unemployment & disability applications, and more.

VITA / Free Tax Preparation

VITA 2021

*Bilingual assistance is available, as well as renewals of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) for residents without a social security number.


We provide households with free tax preparation assistance during tax season (January – April) through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The UpValley Family Centers VITA team members are IRS-certified to provide free expert tax preparation services for households earning less than $65,000 per year and help maximize refunds – including Earned Income and Child Care Tax Credit claims.

In 2020 our VITA program provided 600 households with free tax preparation assistance, which resulted in $1,086,613 in refunds – of which $180,563 came back through EITC benefits.

Free Tax Preparation is made possible by our VITA Volunteers and generous Sponsors: Citi Community Development, The Strong Communities Fund of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, United Way of the Bay Area, Napa Valley Vintners/Auction Napa Valley, Wells Fargo, and individual donors.

Emergency Preparedness / LISTOS California

Up Valley Family Centers and On the Move has partnered with Catholic Charities and Listos California to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for any possible disaster.

LISTOS Disaster Ready Guide (English) – DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Learn how to take simple and free security measures to prepare for any disaster. These include,

1. Get Alerts to know what to do
2. Make a Plan to protect your people
3. Pack a Go Bag with things you need
4. Build a Stay Box for when you can’t leave
5. Help Friends and Neighbors get ready

Visit srcharities.org/prepare to learn more!

Up Valley Family Centers y On the Move se han asociado con Catholic CharitiesListos California para asegurarse de que usted y sus seres queridos estén preparados para cualquier posible desastre.

Guía LISTOS Disaster Ready (español) – DESCARGA AQUÍ

 

Aprenda a tomar medidas de seguridad simples y gratuitas para prepararse ante cualquier desastre. Estas incluyen,

1. Obtenga alertas para saber qué hacer
2. Haga un plan para protejer su familia
3. Empaque una bolsa de emergencia
4. Prepare una caja para cuando no pueda salir
5. Ayude a amigos y vecinos a prepararse

¡Visite srcharities.org/prepare para obtener más información!

Lending Circles

Lending Circles is a social loan program, managed by the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), that provides an innovative and safe way for working families to save money and build or improve their credit.

As a licensed Lending Circle provider, the UpValley Family Centers will provide direct and ongoing support to program participants, supplemented by financial education and other resources. MAF will provide loan servicing and technical support to ensure program success.

Those who are interested in participating are invited to contact the UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010 or lendingcircles@upvalleyfamilycenters.org.

Financial Coaching

We have five staff members that are trained and certified in Financial Fitness Coaching, and provide financial case management services. From budgeting assistance to guidance on ways to build credit, they can help in identify a path toward financial stability.

Walk-in payment service

Come by our office in St. Helena to pay a bill that is due through our convenient walk-in payment service. Bring a check or cash and we will process the payment and provide you with a receipt. PGE bills are processed for free. Other fees may apply depending on the company receiving payment. The process of the payments can take up to three business days.

Holiday Assistance Program

The UpValley Family Centers Holiday Assistance Program serves individuals and families who reside in Napa County north of Yountville.

 Calistoga Holiday Assistance Program 2020 flyer (English)

St. Helena Holiday Assistance Program 2020 flyer (English)

El Programa de Asistencia para las Fiestas Navideñas de UpValley Family Centers sirve a individuos y familias que residen en el condado de Napa al norte de Yountville.

 Asistencia para las Fiestas Navideñas de Calistoga 2020 (Español)

Asistencia para las Fiestas Navideñas de St. Helena 2020 (Español)

Winter is always a tough time for workers in Napa’s wine and hospitality industry: as harvest comes to an end, work hours and jobs dry up. Our annual Holiday Assistance Program brings some light to this dark season every year, providing families with groceries for a festive holiday meal, toys for their kids, and gift cards to purchase household necessities – like winter coats and warm blankets.

Holiday cheer is more needed in 2020 than ever before – and we’re asking for your help to make it happen. Our goal is to raise $40,000 by Giving Tuesday, December 2, so that we can provide 400 families with holiday cheer.

Donate to Holiday Assistance

Adult Education

Adult education opens doors to stable employment and other opportunities. The UpValley Family Centers and its partners help students succeed by providing evening classes, self-paced learning options, and free childcare during class hours.

Free ESL Classes

English as a Second Language classes at beginning and intermediate levels are offered in Calistoga and St. Helena in partnership with Napa Valley Community College.

Plaza Comunitaria

In partnership with the Mexican Government and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, we offer Plaza Comunitaria, adult classes in Spanish language literacy, basic education and ESL classes. These are designed for those who desire a better education for better opportunities, and may achieve basic and secondary education certificates. Accredited by the Mexican Secretary of Public Education.

These classes allow adults who immigrated to the U.S. to work towards higher levels of education based on their last grade attended. Upon completion of each grade level, students receive recognition of completion from the Mexican Consulate. Classes are offered in Spanish with a certified teacher. All levels are welcome, elementary, middle and high school levels. GED classes are also offered. Child care is provided. This program is offered in Calistoga, and is open to all adults interested in the program.

Workforce Training / Building & Construction Trades Program

We partnered with the Napa Valley Community Foundation, Napa Valley College, On the Move, and the Calistoga Joint Unified School District to pilot a Building & Construction Trades program that trains and certifies participants for employment in a stable and in-demand industry.

Throughout the program participants received support from a case manager to make sure they are set up to succeed, and any student in need received financial aid. Upon graduation, students received an official certificate and a pair of steel-toed boots along with other incentives to help them start their new career path.

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES

 

Learn the necessary workplace skills to get a job in the building and construction trades.

  • Identify, predict, prevent and stop potential hazards in the workplace.
  • Learn the essential math skills needed in construction.
  • Hands-on training with a range of tools
  • Read blueprints and modify them for construction.
  • Register for the free required orientation online or in our office.
  • Math assessment required for enrollment with math support provided.
  • Other Assessment dates may become available.

Orientation is required for the Building and Construction training. Please join us for one of our virtual orientations to learn about class requirements, schedules, etc. Orientation will take approximately 2 hours. Orientation dates: October 22, October 29, or November 5. Register here: napavalleyadult.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=201387

Contact Susana Garcia at (707) 965-5010 or sgarcia@upvalleyfamilycenters.org for more information or to register

OFICIOS DE EDIFICACIÓN Y CONSTRUCCIÓN

 

Aprenda las habilidades necesarias para obtener un trabajo en elsector de la construcción.

  • Identifique, prediga, prevenga y evite peligros en el lugar de trabajo.
  • Aprenda las habilidades matemáticas esenciales y necesarias en la construcción.
  • Capacitación práctica con diversas herramientas.
  • Leer planos y modificarlos para la construcción.
  • Regístrese para la orientación gratuita requerida en línea o en nuestra oficina.
  • Evaluación matemática requerida y apoyo en matemáticas en caso necesario.
  • Otras fechas de evaluación podrían estar disponibles.

Se requiere orientación para la capacitación de oficios de construcción. Únase a nosotros para una de las sesiones de nuestras orientaciones virtuales para conocer los requisitos de las clases, los horarios, etc. La orientación tomará aproximadamente 2 horas. Fechas de orientación: 22 de octubre, 29 de octubre o 5 de noviembre. Regístrese aquí: napavalleyadult.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=201387

Clase de Calistoga contactar: Susana Garcia a (707) 965-5010 o sgarcia@upvalleyfamilycenters.org