Last year was a roller coaster.

After a year of some form of sequester, we ventured out into a sometimes-unrecognizable place, taking stock of what was lost and what was left and discovering there were many more barriers to common conversation than once believed. Beyond an atmosphere rife with political animus, the constantly shifting landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, the no-longer-seasonal fires, floods and freezing temps, and the onset of “The Great Resignation,” we confronted the question: where do we go from here? Where is here?

An Accomplished Year for A Trying Time

What we’ve learned throughout this time, is a little empathy goes a long way. Prioritizing the mental health and well-being of each other requires effort, patience and understanding. We have all gone through this time and the only way we cope and heal is together.

We are thankful for the work all our teams have done thus far and look forward to continuing to serve you as we move through this year and beyond.

by J. Elliott Mendez


About Felton Institute: Rooted in equity, Felton Institute transforms quality of life and promotes social justice to accelerate community led change. 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 evidence-based behavioral health and social services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.

Felton Institute can trace its roots back to 1889. The organization 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.