Tri-Valley YMCA expanding in Pleasanton

Nonprofit's admin offices here now, new Family Wellness Center to open this fall

The Tri-Valley YMCA is expanding its services in Pleasanton, relocating its administrative offices here from Dublin and opening a new Family Wellness Center in the coming months.

The nonprofit's first-ever Family Wellness Center in the Tri-Valley will offer a variety of services when it opens later this year, including expanded mental health programs for children, teens and families, educational and support groups, workshops and therapy sessions, according to executive director Kelly Dulka.

"It will be a valuable community resource open to all families, allowing many people to get all types of services," Dulka said.

A licensed clinical social worker who has worked for the Tri-Valley YMCA for a decade, Dulka said adolescent mental health has been identified as a priority in the three Tri-Valley cities that the YMCA serves: Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.

"We see an unmet need in the community, and our mission is to address that," she said. "There's not enough affordable mental health service and for that, we do extensive fundraising so that we can get kids the service they need."

The wellness center will also serve as "a place where parents can come and meet other parents, and it will really give us the opportunity to connect people with resources in the community," according to Dulka.

She explained that the Tri-Valley YMCA has found many families need help with managing kids' behavior or transitioning into a new community.

"Whether its ADHD, adjustment issues, the birth of a new sibling, parents divorce, people who are new to the community, people who are successful in their careers but don't have family support really anything," Dulka added. "We've made it an effort to be responsive to some of the issues that come up around academic stress or kids who maybe don't feel like they fit in."

The new Family Wellness Center, which will be located at 5000 Pleasanton Ave., Suite 120, is set to open after Labor Day following a series of renovations and constructions at the building.

The new administrative offices are open in the same building, in Suite 220, but still undergoing some renovations.

The admin offices relocated to Pleasanton after the Tri-Valley YMCA was unable to negotiate a new lease for its previous site in Dublin, Dulka said. The nonprofit hopes to offer programs based in Dublin again in the future, she added.

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