Celebrating over 40 years of service to individuals, families, and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Some people are such a complete package, that they embody all of the BACR Best Practices to their fullest.  Joyce Synnott is one.  Joyce is the Case Manager at Helms Middle School in San Pablo where youth, family and staff are beset by many life and community challenges. Joyce’s perseverance and dedication is profound.  She commits herself to supporting, understanding, challenging and celebrating the accomplishments of her clients, their families and school staff.

Joyce’s determination, perseverance and integrity are evident as she does everything imaginable to support these middle schoolers.  She is tenacious in reaching parents AND caregivers. She responds skillfully and compassionately to crises.  She works closely with  other service providers to provide full wrap around support and still manages to respond to the steady stream of young people at her door. She sits on the district’s monthly attendance board, and looks for systemic solutions, like expanding the bus pass program.

As her Principal says, “Joyce is exactly what administrator have been yearning for in schools that serve vulnerable populations; I can’t imagine a day without Joyce!”

  • Since I've been blessed with the chance to have a good education and many opportunities, I feel obligated to give back and to use the education and the experiences I've had to make an impact.

    Chris McCoy
    AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Seeing the kids' growth through the years, despite the odds being against a lot of them, for whatever reason, is what inspires me to stay here.

    Kevin Lacy
    Before & After School Site Coordinator - San Francisco
  • I feel energized by my work and the teenagers inspire me with their candor and honesty. I’m always learning from them!

    Mary Jane Landolina
    School Counselor - Tamalpais High School, Marin County
  • I am motivated by all the great people that work for BACR and the wonderful things they do. My great reward is knowing that I can help them in their work to support communities all over the Bay.

    Collin Brown
    Web Develop and IT Support
  • Helping other people is what inspires me to work here. Being able to change people's lives, by helping them understand their problems with alcohol, is a huge contribution to my inspiration here.

    Maria Vega
    Office Coordinator - Marin County DUI Program
  • I know that, if I am able to overcome hard struggles in my life and do my best at achieving success, I can encourage the young people that I advocate to do their best as well.

    Court Advocate

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