Last month, we celebrated Felton’s first anniversary at the new Alameda County site on 1005 Atlantic Avenue. Today, we take a fond look back at the Alameda Open House held last year.


Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Deputy Chief of Staff for Supervisor Wilma Chan Vanessa Cedeno and Alameda Chamber of Commerce President Michael McDonough spoke at a lively ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Felton board members, guests from local businesses, community leaders, partners, and nonprofit agencies. More than 100 guests and employees supported and participated in the event.

Many members of Felton’s Alameda staff worked collaboratively to create a festive and engaging experience for all. The open house program was hosted by Felton CFO/COO Marvin Davis and COO of CYF and TAY Services Yohana Quiroz who shared their personal stories that inspire their years of dedication to Felton. Al Gilbert provided a warm welcome to all and drew laughs when he joked that he taught the program salsa dancers, The Purple Parsleys, some steps.

Director of Felton Early Psychosis Programs Adriana Furuzawa, Director of Business Development Dr. Robin Ortiz, and Senior Division Director Cathy Spensley provided a preview of the program information. In the patio area, the R&B band AM/PM entertained guests and upstairs, Marivel Mendoza provided a free salsa dance lesson.

We thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Open House through attendance or service and send out special thanks to Julie and the Trader Joe’s team in Alameda for their donation.

About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.

Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.

Felton is named for its social services pioneer and executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton who was called the ”conscience of San Francisco” and was committed to ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency.