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Mary Graham Children's Foundation

Each year nearly 1,400 of the most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children in our County find hope at the Mary Graham Children's Shelter.

The children have been placed in protective custody due to neglect, lack of parental care or supervision, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual molestation.  The children stay at the Shelter for an average of 14 days.  However, some children may live at the Shelter for many months.

Programs and Services

Since the early 1960's, thousands of children have found refuge behind the doors of Mary Graham Children's Shelter--the only one of it's kind in San Joaquin County.

The Shelter staff provide comfort and care for children, newborn to 18 years of age, who have been traumatized.  But Mary Graham is more than a temporary shelter; it is a multidisciplinary complex committed to the safe healing of children.

Through a partnership of public and private agencies, Mary Graham Children's Shelter is able to take a comprehensive approach to meeting the physical and emotional needs of each child.  These services include:

  • Developmental assessments
  • Counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical and dental services
  • Education
  • Recreational & enrichment programs
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Family visitation

Mary Graham Children's Shelter Foundation

1  Child Advocacy Center 2  In-take/Reception Building 3  Visitation Center
4  School Buildings 5  Multi-purpose Building 6  Cottage
7  Cottage (future) 8  Cottage 9  Service Building

The Foundation exists to raise funds related to education and enrichment programs, equipment, and capital improvements that will directly benefit the children at the Shelter
. . .and further, to provide trade school and college scholarship opportunities for these children and those who are placed in the foster care system . . .all innocent victims of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

Mary Graham Children’s Shelter is the receiving facility for the emergency care of abused and neglected children in San Joaquin County.  The Shelter cares for an average of 1,400 children each year who are in need of protective custody.  It strives to provide each child with a safe, healthy, and homelike environment that is supportive and conducive to each child’s personal, educational, and social needs.

The Shelter’s goal is to achieve a successful future for these children.  This is done through providing a temporary living environment for the children that is physically and emotionally safe; counseling; medical treatment; assessments of the child’s needs both now and in the future; and eventually providing a safe living environment for the child.

Many of these children end up in the foster care system.  When they are 18 they are pretty much on their own with no parental support for higher education.  Statistics show that over 50% do not graduate from high school, only 11% have an opportunity for a higher education, and 40% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.  Many end up in the penal system.

The Foundation’s goal is to provide the funds for educational and enrichment funds not provided by government funds.  These include everything from birthday/holiday presents and parties; tutors; special clothing needs, etc.  In addition, the Foundation has created a scholarship fund to provide for both trade school and college scholarships for these children.  The Foundation is working closely with Cal State Stanislaus, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, and various trade schools.

Board Structure:
The board consists of an average of 20 members and 10 advisory members.  They represent all facets of life, including community volunteers, bankers, attorneys, doctors, law enforcement, businessmen, City Council member, former Director of Human Services Agency, administrators, and a former foster child.  All serve on a voluntary basis.  The ethnic structure includes Hispanic, Asian, Black, and Caucasian.

Board of Directors:
President: John R. Vera, Retired Director, Human Services Agency
Vice-President: David Jomaoas, Community Medical Center

William Trezza, Bank of Agriculture & Commerce


Robert Kavanaugh, Retired Banker, Community Volunteer
Andy Prokop, President, United Way
Georgette Hunefeld, University of the Pacific
Kevin Seibert, Downey Brand LLP, Attorney at Law
Katrina Holmes Glick, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Paul Antigua, Health Plan of San Joaquin
Dr. Earl Taylor
Jerry Gregerson
Dianne Gini
Michael Duffy, Financial Center Credit Union
Jennifer Held, F&M Bank
Linda Jeffers, United Cerebral Palsy
Susan Lenz, Lacopi Lenz & Company
John Rauch
Jackie Sahargun

Advisory Board:

Tom Shephard, Attorney, Neumiller and Beardslee
Robert Matthews, Tracy Press
Sara Garfield, Cal State Stanislaus/Transitional Learning Center
Dr. John Fujii, Brookside Optometric Group
Bessie Gremm, Mary Graham Guild
Jane Butterfield, Community Bank of San Joaquin
Rebeca Knodt, Kaiser Permanente
Leslie Martin, Stockton City Councilmember

Dr. Robert Talley, Retired Physician, Community Volunteer
Judy Herum, Community Volunteer
Dr. Kyle Herbold


Executive Director: Tod Davis
Support Staff:

Joe Chelli, Director, Human Services Agency
Brian Woods, Director, Mary Graham Children’s Shelter
Dorene Guerrero, Admin. Asst., Mary Graham Children’s Shelter
Cynthia Lederle, Human Services Agency

Contact Information:

(209) 468-7635 (office)
P.O. Box 96, French Camp, CA 95231
Tax ID # 94-3377000

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