Accomplishments

  • Since our founding in 1989, FSSBA has grown from a full-time staff of five and 60 part-time respite providers to 67 full-time staff and more than 100 part-time respite workers.
  • Funding for FSSBA’s services comes from an array of county contracts, as well as support from individuals and foundations. Almost without exception, FSSBA has met or exceeded our contracted goals and outcomes and receives consistently positive evaluations from funders. In several cases, our high quality services and rigorous oversight have led to funders asking our agency to expand services or undertake new programs.
  • FSSBA’s Respite Program was selected as one of six model programs in the United States highlighted in the Office of the Inspector General’s Report on Model Respite Care Services. The program is also regarded as a model by the State of California, which asked FSSBA to develop several training manuals for respite providers who work with children with special needs for distribution throughout California. And, in a six-year evaluation of the respite program, the Family Welfare Research Group of UC Berkeley concluded that the program greatly reduced family stress, improved family relationships, decreased caregiver burden, and fostered a more positive attitude of caregivers toward their children.
  • In client evaluations and informal feedback, FSSBA’s services receive outstanding reviews. Almost without exception, program participants describe the positive impacts FSSBA has had on their lives.