Helping Hands – Environmental Alternatives: Helping Children – One Home At A Time


Environmental Alternatives is continually searching for new foster parents who would like to open their homes to children in need.

More than 1,000 neglected, abused or delinquent children benefit from the services of EA – a private, non-profit corporation that offers a foster program, group home program, and transitional housing program in Northern and Central California.

Transitional Housing Programs (THP) strive to ensure foster youth aged 16-24 leave the foster care system after successfully completing their educational goals, and obtaining marketable job skills, secure housing, and the experience to care for themselves independently.

EA provides transportation assistance, excellent financial reimbursement, around-the-clock availability and support, and a depth of knowledge and experience developed over more than 30 years. “EA is proud of the stability we offer our foster parents, children and staff,” says EA’s assistant executive director, Melody King.

Donations of goods and services are always useful, says King. “We’ve received wonderful donations of backpacks filled with school supplies, luggage, homemade blankets and stuffed animals, and toys at Christmas. Other goods or services have been used to help raise funds at one of our yearly fundraisers.”

Those fundraisers include Sportsman’s Day, held each May at Lake Francis Resort in Dobbins, CA; the Tri Counties Golf Tournament; and the Rabbit Run, a motorcycle run hosted by Sisters of Scota.

Members of the community can help by being a mentor to a THP youth. EA is also looking for people throughout Northern California interested in being host homes for THP participants. Property Managers and employers can contribute by being open to renting housing to our participants, who often have no rental history, or providing youth with employment opportunities.

Environmental Alternatives was founded in 1981 when it opened its first group home in Quincy.  

EA currently has 16 offices throughout Northern and Central California.

“Our agency views the foster parent as the primary tool to powerfully influence children in their care,” says King. “EA is here to help our foster parents, group homes, and transitional homes provide the best possible care for children in need.”  


Skye Kinkade
About Skye Kinkade

Skye Kinkade is a fourth generation Siskiyou County resident and mother of four lively children. She enjoys being part of a close-knit community that is so generous and kind in difficult times.

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