OVERVIEW & HISTORY
The family-mentoring concept was developed in 1998 by Dr. Brenda Holland, a practicing clinical psychologist in Delta County. Dr. Holland brought together a group of community professionals and citizens who were concerned about children living in poor, chaotic, and dysfunctional environments throughout the county. Out of this group, a new type of community-based program for children was initiated. But the family-as-mentor idea had never been tried. Not only were the mentors going to be families, but they also were going to be families who would make a permanent commitment to the child with the help of a mental health care professional. Prevention of youth problems was the goal.
This new family mentoring idea caught on quickly because of the neighborly spirit in the sparsely-populated, agriculturally based communities of Delta County. Within five years, almost thirty-five children in Delta County had been matched with their permanent mentoring families.
The program grew and spread to neighboring Montrose County, where it went through several organizational name changes. The final result was the unique Delta County program we know today as Families Plus, Inc.