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1312, 2018

Hutton House: Lauren’s Story

Featuring Family Advocates, Heather Antonini and Araceli Figueroa This past summer, family members told 17-year-old Lauren she had to leave home for drinking alcohol and taking their car. A social worker referred her to Hutton House, Center for Human Services’ temporary shelter in Modesto for teens in crisis and families dealing with adolescent-parent challenges; the only shelter of its kind between Sacramento and Fresno. [...]

1312, 2018

Pathways: Melissa’s Story

Melissa wishes she could erase her childhood memories. “I hated my life as a child,” Melissa recalls. “I remember thinking about suicide so many times growing up. My family hates me. No one loves me.” When she was a baby, her parents separated. Melissa didn’t realize it at the time, but her mother’s sister had developed a relationship with her father. [...]

1008, 2018

A Mentor to All

After two long careers, 65-year-old Student Assistance Specialist Amos Reyes retired in June. Despite five decades of work, two factors make it tough for him to leave: his coworkers at Center for Human Services (CHS) and the children he serves. “CHS has meant so much to me,” Amos said. “I’ve had awesome supervisors. The people I work with are sincere and very caring. Everything the [...]

1008, 2018

It’s a Heart Thing

When you meet Center for Human Services (CHS) Director of Operations Kathryn Inman, you probably wouldn’t guess that she’s worked at the agency for more than 30 years. “She started when she was 12 years old,” Executive Director Cindy Duenas joked at a recent all-staff meeting. Kathryn is CHS’ longest-serving employee ever. And at the end of May, she retired from the agency to spend more time with [...]

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