In 1974, Alum Rock Counseling Center began its critical work by addressing the academic, social, and mental health needs of at-risk youth and families, living in the extremely high-need area of East San Josè, CA. Due to the lack of linguistically sensitive and culturally appropriate practitioners and services, many of the predominantly Spanish-speaking individuals in this region were “falling through the cracks” of the legal, educational, and health systems into lives of poverty, academic failure, illness, incarceration, addiction, and victimization. A group of active community members founded ARCC in the hopes of providing this community with the culturally proficient counseling and professional support they needed in order to lead healthier, safer, and more productive lives.
For 40 years, ARCC’s programs have helped to keep at-risk youth safe, in school, and drug- and violence-free. Alum Rock Counseling Center serves over 6,000 youth and their families a year, and currently has nearly 100 full-time employees and over 100 volunteers, with close to 80% of direct services staff being culturally and linguistically reflective of the community it serves. ARCC was awarded Project Cornerstone’s Award in March 2008, acknowledging success in promoting Developmental Asset #41, Positive Cultural Identity. ARCC was chosen due the cultural competency of the staff and similar backgrounds and experiences that they share with clients served by the agency.
Although, there are other non-profit organizations providing mental health & specialized educational support services to Santa Clara County residents, ARCC is the only agency that serves youth (ages 0-19) with a specific focus on the East/Central San José area, serving a high percentage (approximately 70%) of Latino, immigrant, and monolingual clients in the region.
Today, ARCC operates around a dozen different programs on a continuum of care, addressing truancy/school failure, anger management, juvenile delinquency, gang activity, drug/alcohol abuse, and family violence. Our continuum of care, working with youth and families at a variety of risks, promotes long-term, positive outcomes in a community challenged by struggles for adequate healthcare and professional support.