Civic Group
Encompass Community Services

We value dignity and respect for all people as they work toward healing and recovery.

Years of service: 47+

Leadership: Monica Martinez, chief executive officer

Their story: Since 1973, Encompass Community Services has built on the strength of people working together to create healthy change in their lives and community. The largest nonprofit organization of its kind in Santa Cruz County, Encompass delivers diverse, culturally appropriate, and evidence-based health and human services through more than 40 programs, serving more than 8,000 community members every year. Areas of service include:

  • Child and Family Development, which includes Head Start and Early Head Start Programs and State Pre-Kindergarten programs that promote school readiness of young children from low-income families throughout Santa Cruz County. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age five.
  • Integrated Behavioral Health, Youth & Family, which includes youth services counseling, residential and outpatient adolescent substance use disorder programs, Tyler House, Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)” Families Together, Papás of the Central Coast, Fuerte, STRTP Group Home Tyler House, and therapeutic behavioral services.
  • Adult Residential Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Programs, including El Dorado, Telos, Casa Pacific, Second Story, Santa Cruz Residential Recovery, River Street Shelter, Si Se Puede, and several Sober Living Environments (SLEs). 

Through integrative, wraparound services, Encompass takes a whole-person approach to care. Licensed and certified clinicians, counselors and health practitioners provide a full-spectrum of trauma-informed services and specialize in attending to the comprehensive behavioral and physical health needs of its clients. The nonprofit also helps connect clients with housing and employment, as well as family and community support, to help them thrive beyond its care.

We believe that health isn’t just something we get at the doctor’s office; it starts in our families, in our schools and our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life.

— Monica