We were heartsick to read the news about the current issues at FamiliesFirst. Our experience with the organization was prior to the merger with EMQ and shortly thereafter. We were there every Wednesday for several years because staff sought us out to prepare a healthier on-site school lunch than the one that was available via the Davis school district.
The staff, many of them Davisites, was professional, caring and impressive at providing a positive environment for boys who had been removed from their homes due to horrible abuse. And when we read statements that none of the children are Yolo County kids, our response is, “Of course they are.” These children live in Davis and go to school here.
While it is clear that the merger with EMQ, a large corporate entity that implemented typical corporate cost-cutting strategies after the merger, has clearly damaged FamiliesFirst’s ability to provide the previous level of care and their former positive reputation, we should not forget that the real issue is society’s and the government’s corporate culture, where we continually provide the least resources to those who are the most vulnerable.