It is easy to look at St Helena and assume this picturesque town escapes the problems that occur in every town big or small. Our historic main street and acres of perfectly manicured vineyards paint a beautiful scene but the residents here live relatively normal lives and from time to time require assistance.
Thankfully there is an organization here to help them, St Helena Family Center. The idea was launched in 2003 by a group of St Helena residents, one of which spent a lot of time working on low income housing projects. They received their 501c3 in 2005 and opened their doors in 2006 two blocks off main street. Their mission was simple: To serve the community around them in any way they could.
Over the years they have, with partial funding from the Napa Valley Vintners, been able to grow and increase the number of services they offer, a list that seems to go on and on. They partner with over 30 different organizations in Napa county to help them fulfill their mission and can now connect people with everything from Mental Health services to legal aid.