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

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.

Calistoga Flyers: https://upvalleyfamilycenters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/UVFC_LendingCirclesFlyers_EN_SP_Calistoga.pdf

St. Helena Flyers: https://upvalleyfamilycenters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/UVFC_LendingCirclesFlyers_EN_SP_StHelena.pdf

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 2021 flyer (English)

St. Helena Holiday Assistance Program 2021 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 2021 (Español)

Asistencia para las Fiestas Navideñas de St. Helena 2021 (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 lifts up our families, seniors, and the community as a whole, and we are asking your help to make it happen. Your donation will help bring upvalley families some holiday cheer this December.

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.

A learning opportunity for success!

Do you want to…

  • Improve your own Spanish reading and writing?
  • Earn a basic or secondary education certificate?
  • Assist your children with their schoolwork?
  • Set a good academic example for your children?
  • Obtain a better job?
  • Increase your family’s prosperity?
  • Have an easier time learning English?
  • Increase your own self esteem?

UpValley Family Centers, in partnership with the Mexican Government and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, is offering 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.

>> Ongoing classes in Calistoga <<

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Calistoga Elementary School Library

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tuition: It’s FREE!

Dates: October 19, 2021 – May 26, 2022

We offer childcare!

For more information please contact Omaira Baptista at (707) 965-5010 or obaptista@upvalleyfamilycenters.org

English flyer

¡Una oportunidad de aprendizaje para el éxito!

Quiere usted…

  • ¿Mejorar sus habilidades para escribir y leer en español?
  • ¿Obtener su certificado de primaria o secundaria?
  • ¿Ayudar a sus hijos con las tareas?
  • ¿Ser un mejor ejemplo para sus hijos?
  • ¿Obtener un trabajo mejor?
  • ¿Lograr que su familia prospere?
  • ¿Qué le sea mas fácil aprender ingles?
  • ¿Aumentar su estima personal?

UpValley Family Centers, en asociación con el gobierno mexicano y Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, ofrece Plaza Comunitaria. Clases para adultos de alfabetización en Español, educación básica y clases de Inglés . Estas clases están diseñadas para aquellos que desean una mejor educación para obtener mejores oportunidades, y pueden recibir certificados de educación básica y secundaria. Acreditado por la Secretaría de Educación Pública de México.

>> Clases continuas en Calistoga <<

Hora: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Lugar: Biblioteca de la Escuela Primaria de Calistoga

Días: Martes y Jueves

Costo: ¡Es GRATIS!

Fechas: 19 de octubre de 2021 a 26 de mayo de 2022

¡Ofrecemos cuidado de niños!

Para más información por favor comuníquese con Omaira Baptista (707) 965-5010 / obaptista@upvalleyfamilycenters.org

Volante español

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES / OFICIOS DE EDIFICACIÓN Y CONSTRUCCIÓN

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 widely used in the construction industry
  • Read blueprints and modify them for construction.

Our free orientation is on Thursday, November 18th from 6:00-9:00 PM at Calistoga Junior/Senior High School.

Contact Joleen Cantera at (707) 965-5010 to register and learn more about this certification opportunity. Financial assistance may be available.

OFICIOS DE EDIFICACIÓN Y CONSTRUCCIÓN

 

Aprenda las habilidades laborales necesarias para conseguir un trabajo en los oficios de la construcción.

  • Identificar, predecir, prevenir y detener peligros potenciales en el lugar de trabajo.
  • Aprenda las habilidades matemáticas esenciales y necesarias en la construcción.
  • Capacitación práctica con una variedad de herramientas ampliamente utilizadas en la industria de la construcción.
  • Leer los planos y modificarlos para la construcción.

Nuestra orientación gratuita es el jueves, 11/18/21 en la Escuela Secundaria/Preparatoria de Calistoga de 6:00-9:00 PM.

Comuníquese con Joleen Cantera al (707) 965-5010 para registrarse y obtener más información sobre esta oportunidad de certificación. Puede haber ayuda financiera disponible.