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2018 Annual Letter from Buckelew CEO, Tamara Player

posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dear Friend,     What a year!


In April, our community joined together for the grand opening of our new Helen Vine Recovery Center facility in San Rafael . After many years of planning and advocacy, and with critical support from our community and government partners, we now have a beautiful, welcoming space that allows us to better meet our clients’ needs and make them feel safe and valued. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together as a community!


In June, we celebrated 30 years of Art that Changes Lives at MarinScapes – another very special way to gather our community (see pictures on p. xx). We are so grateful to our wonderful circle of artists, art lovers, donors, sponsors and volunteers. Stay tuned for MarinScapes Reimagined in 2019!


There were dark times, too. In October 2017, an unprecedented firestorm swept through the North Bay, destroying over 6,000 homes and claiming 44 lives. The resilience and kindness our community has shown in the aftermath of this traumatic event have been truly inspiring. We were honored to be able to provide support, through our 24-hour crisis hotline, making sure our clients in Sonoma and Napa were safe, and a free weekly support group open to anyone affected by the fires.


As the health care system prepares for changes in funding and value based purchasing, we are partnering with the counties on system transformation and improvement to ensure that our communities’ needs are addressed and that our programs are not only sustainable, but achieve positive, measurable outcomes for the clients we serve. We must be flexible and adapt to changing needs and funding priorities. Over the past year, that meant we had to let go of some services, restructure others – and also add new ones. We’re excited to be a key partner in Sonoma County’s newly designed Collaborative Treatment and Recovery Team (CTRT) which will provide resources and case management to individuals with behavioral health needs that have not been previously met by existing programs.


Finally, you may have noticed our “new look”.  Through a thoughtful process working with the Taproot Foundation’s pro bono creative team, and with input from staff, board, clients, donors and community partners, we have developed a logo and tagline that represents our focus today:  multiple paths to wellness, streamlining access to care - healthier lives, stronger communities. 

Thank you for being our partner! We couldn’t do this without you.  


With gratitude,

Tamara Player, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

2018 Annual Letter from Buckelew CEO, Tamara Player