Brighter Beginnings: A California Nonprofit Helps More Families
"It is such an anomaly to love a lender, but we certainly fell in love with NFF as they created loan facilities that actually fit our unique needs! Thank you for being there for us--and the communities who deserve to realize the 'American Dream,' but are least able to pay for it." These are the kind words we received from Barbara McCullough, CEO of Brighter Beginnings, an inspiring human services organization that believes every family matters and every child deserves a happy, healthy future. Since 1984, Brighter Beginnings has helped thousands of people in California's East Bay Area with an array of family-centric programs--from comprehensive medical services, early-childhood programs, and support for new parents to mental health services and economic empowerment workshops.
Brighter Beginnings is awaiting Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) "Look Alike" status to provide integrated primary and behavioral services to underserved populations at its clinics in Richmond and Antioch. In these neighborhoods, teen birthrates are 40% higher than in surrounding communities and residents are disproportionately affected by poverty and health issues. The new designation will allow the organization to scale up services at these clinics and reach more disadvantaged patients. Financing from NFF, which includes a $350,000 term loan and a $400,000 line of credit, will enable Brighter Beginnings to increase the number of patients served at these sites from 1,100 to over 9,000 within two years and make a difference in the lives of more East Bay Area families.