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Mountain Valley Press September 2020

This has been a year that we will never forget. The things that we have experienced in the past 6 months could not have been imagined in my wildest dreams or nightmares. We have grown up in a generation of relative safety and stability and most of us have only read about times like these in fictional novels or history books from days long gone by. Yet, here we are today facing a pandemic, economic disaster, unemployment crisis, racial injustice, social unrest and riots! What a year indeed.

I am certain that none of us would have chosen any of this, but that is the nature of life and always has been. We can’t choose what happens to us, but we can choose our response.

Despite all that has happened we have managed to keep going, to keep serving kids and families while helping and supporting one another. I am proud of all of you in the Mountain Valley community that have worked through this pandemic despite the hardships and challenges and have learned to adjust and adapt in order to keep on keeping on! I am so appreciative of the things that you all have managed to sustain despite the challenges of our “new normal”. Kids are still making signs and
working in the shops. Kids are fishing and riding bikes and taking hikes. Teachers are teaching and therapists are treating. Families are getting support and therapy and reconnecting with their kids. Some programs have been limited to zoom sessions and you have adjusted accordingly. Staff have been stretched to cover extra shifts and have worked tirelessly to maintain safety, structure and consistency with a group of kids that have had to endure the difficulty of adjusting to out of home care during a time when that has meant isolation from the community and limited contact with family. I have seen the work that you are doing, heard about it, read about it and, at times, bragged about it!

There is no place like Mountain Valley and no Mountain Valley without you all!

Thank you for all that you do!

~ Dan Petrie, CEO

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Covid-19 Message: We are Open & Serving the Community

As the pandemic continues to create disruption and insecurity, MVCFS as an essential services provider will continue to serve and support children and families. We will continue to follow and provide additional health and safety precautions in accordance with state and federal guidelines to protect all of our residents and staff. Please know that MVCFS will be open, accepting admissions, and ready to serve you and your family.  

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Mountain Valley Press June 2020

COVID-19 has had everyone scrambling to keep children entertained while quarantined at home, which has also been true for residents of MVCFS. With many of their off campus visits postponed for the foreseeable future, staff have had to come up with fun alternatives that keep residents entertained while safely on campus.

These activities include fun games such as corn hole, ladderball, giant yard games, minocular hide and seek, human battleship and flag football, as well as fun outdoor adventures for Ranch residents including camping and kayaking. In addition to keeping everyone safe, these activities are teaching our residents–and staff alike–important skills such as resilience, flexibility and adaptability.

Unfortunately, the MVCFS has had to alter or cancel a few of our famous, fun spring gatherings. Promotion Ceremony has been scheduled as a quarantine-safe celebration on the 19th of June, during which only students who live in houses together will gather, and Barn Day this spring has been canceled.

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Standing Together Against COVID-19

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Dear Family and Friends:

We have been thinking of you all especially during this critical time. We want you to know that the welfare and health of our residents and staff are now, as always, paramount in all of our efforts and decisions.

We want to share with you that our staff and residents are fully engaged and remaining active in safe, structured, educational and recreational activities. We are fortunate here at the ranch to enjoy the many benefits of being so close to nature in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Children and staff have been outside walking, hiking, biking, and playing in the snow. In Sacramento, the children can play in the front and backyards. They also have been enjoying movie nights, karaoke, and sports. At the Concord office, we will continue to serve and support the families and children in our care through increased telephone contact and telehealth services. We are providing online learning and clinical supports for residents. We are conscientiously following guidelines, monitoring updates, and taking precautions to protect everyone’s health and safety. We are practicing social distancing, using protective equipment, providing sanitation areas with hand sanitizers, disinfectant spray, gloves, etc. and disinfecting all areas of our facilities.

Wherever possible and appropriate, staff is working remotely to manage and follow administrative and referral protocols. We will continue to review incoming applications and host virtual interviews and meetings. All campus visits are currently canceled but will be immediately resumed when it is safe.

In the meantime, we want our families, parents, and colleagues to maintain contact with us. In such uncertain times, we take comfort in the support and dedication of our staff and community. We are here to support and serve you. Stay close and stay connected. We have resources and tips on our social media channels and we encourage you to call us with any questions or concerns you may have.

With gratitude,

Daniel Petrie
Chief Executive Officer
Mountain Valley Child & Family Services
Mountain Valley Academy

Mountain Valley Child & Family Services 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years helping young boys grow up and serving children and families since 1968


We celebrated the 50th year of MVCFS with our families, children and staff.


It was a wonderful day: Games, rock climing, barbque, gifts and an inspiring talk from Dick Milhous.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this an incredible and memorable day of celebration.

Looking forward to the next 50 years!