A Letter From the Balance SCC Board
Earlier this year, we received a cease and desist letter from a company that trademarked the Balance4Kids name and, despite attempted negotiations, we are legally required to release the name to them. While we are saddened to see the name go, we have decided to embrace this change as an opportunity to reflect on the present nature of our work.
Over the past 20 years, Balance4Kids has expanded its mission to serve adults, families, teachers, service providers, and schools in addition to the important work we do with young people. We are honored by the support of the community which has allowed us to expand our impact.
Moving forward we will be doing business as BalanceSCC which stands for Balance Santa Cruz County. We realize that there have been many changes over the past several months and want to ensure our friends and family that while our name has changed, our vision and mission has not.
Over the next several weeks you will notice emails, social media accounts, and our website changing to reflect our new name. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to the BalanceSCC office. BalanceSCC, formerly Balance4kids, is still very much a thriving organization dedicated to this community.
Many thanks for your continued support,
The BalanceSCC Board
BalanceSCC (Balance Santa Cruz County) enriches the lives of people with unique needs through compassionate care solutions, collaborative giving, and community.
What we do
Compassionate Care Solutions
BalanceSCC partners with schools and families to provide flexible person-centered care solutions to people with disabilities in classrooms, after school programs, and homes. We offer flexible scheduling and coordinate coverage for absences, relieving the burden of care logistics from schools and families and, most importantly, we work to ensure our care givers are the right fit personally and professionally with the clients they serve.
BalanceSCC facilitates giving from community members to classrooms and donates free training directly to schools. Our giving combats the inadequate resources for students with disabilities and empowers teachers to innovate in their classrooms.
The BalanceSCC Teacher Grant Program:
Every year in the fall BalanceSCC accepts applications directly from teachers and service providers for the supplies they need - but cannot afford - to support students with unique needs. BalanceSCC raises approximately $25,000 from the community every year to support this effort, helping the community to support its teachers.
Free Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training for Schools (TCIS):
The TCIS training program for school staff presents a crisis prevention an intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. BalanceSCC funds free initial and ongoing TCIS trainings for schools in Santa Cruz County every summer. To date, we have trained over a hundred.
Friendship and fellowship are key parts of a good life, and they help young people develop the skills they need to be successful and contributing members of their work places and communities. BalanceSCC runs an after-school program for children and a day program for adults to provide equitable access to friendships and community for young people with disabilities.
2019 "Non-Profit of the Year"
State Certified NPA
Balance4kids DBA BalanceSCC
Tax ID# 75-2994317
If you would like to donate to BalanceSCC, please use the PayPal link below.
All donations are tax deductible.