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Milestones

A Century-old Tradition of Caring for Children

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Today, Uplift Family Services has evolved into California's leading provider of mental health services for troubled children and adolescents and their families. It provides a broad continuum of mental health services, including residential treatment, school-based day treatment, 24-hour crisis intervention, community-based wraparound care, child sexual abuse treatment, therapeutic foster care and substance abuse prevention/education, as well as outpatient and in-home services.

Milestones

1867Eastfield Home of Benevolence (a predecessor of Uplift Family Services) founded in San Jose.
1874Ming Quong Presbyterian Mission Home (a predecessor of Uplift Family Services) is founded in San Francisco, the first U.S. charity to admit Chinese children.
1880Hollygrove originally founded in downtown Los Angeles by Mr. Dan G. Stephens & Mrs. Frank A. Gibson as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society.
1910Hollygrove moved to its current location in Hollywood.
1935Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) comes to live at Hollygrove. Ming Quong opens another orphanage for younger girls in the hills of Los Gatos.
1950sHollygrove provides residential services for abused & neglected children removed from their families by court order.
1953Ming Quong enrolls boys and needy children of all races, and becomes independent of the Presbyterian Church.
1974The Praul Center Residential Treatment Program (RTP), a predecessor to FamiliesFirst, is founded in Davis.
1985RTP changes its name to FamiliesFirst to reflect the importance of family in children's lives.
1987Eastfield & Ming Quong merge (Eastfield Ming Quong), later to be called EMQ Children & Family Services.
1990sFamiliesFirst Crisis Residential and Day Treatment programs started in Concord.
1992EMQ adds Kids are Special drug and alcohol abuse prevention/education.
1994In 1994, in partnership with the county departments of Social Services, Juvenile Probation, and Mental Health, EMQ launched California's first Wraparound program.
1997FamiliesFirst starts Adoptions, Kinship, Shared Family Care & Transitional Living Programs.
1999EMQ acquires San Jose-based child sexual abuse treatment pioneer Giarretto Institute and begins providing Wraparound services in the Sacramento area in partnership with River Oak Center for Children and Stanford Home.
2002EMQ expands into Southern California, opening a Wraparound program in San Bernardino County.
2004Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) passes in California making Wraparound available to children. EMQ's Jerry Doyle chaired the subcommittee that wrote the children's portion of the legislation.
2005Hollygrove closes its residential program to concentrate on community-based mental health services.
2006Hollygrove and EMQ merge.
2009EMQ and FamiliesFirst merge to create EMQ FamiliesFirst. CEO Jerry Doyle retires after 39 years, and Darrell Evora is named President/CEO.
2016EMQ FamiliesFirst becomes Uplift Family Services.