Family Service Agency exec glad to be back in social services

Michael O’Donahue joined the nonprofit Family Service Agency of San Mateo County as its vice president of development in June. The agency is preparing for a Sept. 16 celebration of its 60th anniversary.

Why were you interested in joining Family Service Agency? I had been working pretty much on a corporate level for a statewide foundation, [but] my previous experience has been in family-based social service agencies. … It’s kind of getting back to my roots. If I have a really hard day, I can just walk down the hall to our child development education center and I can sit down at a little table with 3- and 4-year-olds and glue macaroni on paper plates.

What are some of some of the agency’s most-used services? We have multiple child-development education sites — close to 20 — but then if you look at our Ways to Work family loan program, our family visitation program, our senior peer counseling and our mature worker services, those are programs that serve older adults. Almost 80 percent of our clients are what you’d consider older adults.

How has the agency changed over the past 60 years? For the most part, our agency was more counseling-based, not only providing therapeutic counseling but also referral-based counseling. We probably now are more of a direct service provider, so that’s been an evolution.

sbishop@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsFamily Service Agency of San Mateo CountyLocalMichael O’Donahue

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Officer Joel Babbs at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)
The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer… Continue reading

Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)
Sweet sounds, extra space at Stern Grove

Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña play first free concert since pandemic hit

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Gavin Newsom under COVID: The governor dishes on his pandemic life

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters It was strange, after 15 months of watching… Continue reading

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,… Continue reading

Most Read