A Home Within Invites You to Our Next Community Workshop featuring Tom Insel! 

By Giving List Staff   |   August 12, 2022
Dr. Tom Insel, M.D.

We’re thrilled to invite you to our next free Community Workshopon Thursday, August 24th from 10am-12pm PDT featuring keynote speaker Tom Insel. 

Tom lnsel, M.D., psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. His most recent book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health (Penguin Random House, 2022), has been featured on The Ezra Klein Show from the New York Times and NPR. Dr. Insel has served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as well as an advisor to California Governor Gavin Newson.  

In this workshop, Dr. Insel will join A Home Within to lead a discussion on the crisis of mental health care, provide a brief history of the term “crisis of care,” and offer ways to promote prevention and healing.  Click here to register!

Did you know that when you volunteer with A Home Within you gain free access to our Community Workshop and Continuing Education events? A Home Within’s dynamic CE program is grounded in contemporary research, social justice, local and national foster care policies, and clinical interventions pursuant to the regulations of our sponsoring bodies. Our curriculum supports mental health professionals at every stage of their careers through a learning environment that prioritizes diversity of thought and practice, resiliency, intersectionality, cultural attunement, and community building. 

If you are a licensed therapist who’s interested in making a lasting impact on your community, we hope you’ll join us for our upcoming eventandconsider volunteering with A Home Within! 


A Home Within

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Phone: (510) 387-7518
Executive Director: Reed Connell


With a mission to create and support lasting, caring relationships for children and youth in foster care, A Home Within identifies, recruits, trains, and supports a network of licensed therapists who each provide free, weekly, one-to-one therapy to a single foster youth “for as long as it takes.” For foster youth who often watch people move in and out of their lives, our model creates an anchor of support.

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For foster youth, whose access to mental health services is often short-term, episodic, or compulsory, the voluntary long-term one-on-one therapy provided by A Home Within’s therapists can be transformative. The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has long supported A Home Within because it is one of the few organizations that matches foster youth with volunteer therapists who build long-term relationships with youth and commit to working with them for as long as they need. A Home Within is meeting a critical need that has only grown during the COVID pandemic and as mental health challenges continue to be among the top pandemic-related issues cited by youth and youth-serving organizations, A Home Within’s work is more important now than ever.

– Elisabeth Cutler
Senior Program Officer, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

A Lifelong Ripple Effect

A Home Within seeks $500,000 to grow its staff and quadruple the number of current and former foster youth it serves in California to 260 over the next year.

Their individual, relationship-based therapy not only helps their clients “heal and learn to thrive,” but also has a ripple effect that radiates throughout the community, says Connell.

“Our young people talk about having healthier relationships with family, friends, and partners,” says  Executive Director Reed Connell.

Donations to A Home Within help the organization recruit and support more therapists around the country, and provide them with clinical supervision, training and continuing education, recognition, and celebration – all of which combine to sustain and honor the commitment each volunteer makes.

Key Supporters

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Sarnat-Hoffman Family Foundation
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
MYDAR Foundation
Glass Half Full Foundation
Mental Insight Foundation
Aviv Foundation
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
The Battery Foundation
CASA organizations throughout California
Foster Care Research Group at the
University of San Francisco
11 California Family Foundations
Over 350 Individual Donors