Even though we're still in the full swing of summer, the time for kids to head back to school will be here before you know it. And while the idea of heading back to school can bring a wide range of emotions for parents and kids alike, it can be especially trying for foster youth. With that in mind, we've compiled our top tips to help ensure a smooth transition.  Get them excited about new opportunities

Long before Jenna Lowe joined the EA Family team as one of our incredible social worker supervisors, she knew she wanted to help others. After earning a Bachelor's in psychology from Sacramento State University, she decided to enter the Master's program at the University of San Francisco; it was there that her focus began to narrow. She landed a position with EA as a case manager, and since then has worn many hats with us including social worker, lead social worker, and finally, supervisor.

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey

We love supporting the local communities where each of our offices is located. Check out the list of events below where you can come visit the EA team!

This month we're pleased to feature one of our amazing Social Workers for Employee of the Month. Rebecca Schimp originally came to us as a potential foster parent, and during the certification process decided "that's the job I want." Read on to learn more about Rebecca, including what she wish people knew about working in the industry, how she practices self care, and more!

We're going solar! This decision has been in the works for a while, and our leadership team felt strongly that supporting the switch to solar power was important. Rhona Bekker, who's integral to running the operations at Lake Francis Resort, had this to say:

We love supporting the local communities where each of our offices is located. Check out the list of events below where you can come visit the EA team!

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."  - Charles R. Swindoll

This July we're featuring one of our wonderful Office Managers, Susie Sutton, for Employee of the Month! After moving to Redding with her husband in 2002, Susie learned of an opening at EA Family Services. She officially joined the EA team on August 12, 2002, and in her words, "the rest is history!" Read on to learn more about Susie!

Our selection for Leadership Spotlight this month is Darby Johnson, who works as the Camp Director for Camp Rockin' U. Every summer from July to August, Darby leads her team of counselors as campers enjoy a week of outdoor activities and exercises designed to boost confidence and grow communication skills. Read on to learn more about Darby!