Programs & Services

Family SOUP serves the local community in Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa Counties through programs and services, with funding providing through various grants and the generosity of community benefactors.

Our Current Services Include:


  • Resource lending library of books, videos, audio programs and periodicals
  • Quarterly informational newsletter
  • Informational website with calendar of events and links to valuable resources
  • Spanish parent liaison services

Activities for Kids

  • Able Riders, therapeutic horseback riding program
  • Special Activities For Everyone (S.A.F.E.)
  • Occasional picnics, field trips, magic theater nights
  • iCan Bike Camp


  • Assistance with referrals and service coordination with other agencies
  • Assistance getting answers to your Education and Regional Center questions
  • Assistance, support, and advocacy for Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings
  • Gas cards and assistance with transportation for out-of-town medical appointments and therapeutic assessments


  • Facilitated support groups for parents and caregivers targeting different special needs, with intervention from professionals in the specific area of interest.
  • Facilitated and informal activities, such as scrapbooking evenings organized by staff, to bring parents together in an informal setting to chat and get to know each other
  • Specialized parenting classes in English and Spanish available to address the unique concerns of our families, provided either by Family SOUP staff or organized with specialists in various fields.
  • Educational workshops for parents
  • Informational trainings that provide an opportunity for parents and professionals to learn together
  • Trainings and partnerships in collaboration with community agencies

Parent to Parent

  • Opportunities to meet other parents
  • Parent to Parent support
  • Volunteer training to provide parent to parent support
  • Family centered activities to promote networking, reduce isolation and have fun, including BBQs, picnics, holiday parties and park play days

Community Involvement

  • Alliance for Hispanic Advancement
  • Board of directors composed of members who are active in various aspects of our local community
  • Bright Futures Development Screenings
  • California Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Council of American Instructors of the Deaf
  • Disability Advisory Committee for Disabled Students Programs and Services at Yuba College
  • Emergency Evacuation Plan/Special Needs Committee
  • Infant Development Association of California
  • Interagency Council
  • Membership on the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to help orient special needs resources in the community
  • Month of the Child Steering Committee
  • Operations Council to the Superintendents Council
  • Pre-Kindergarten Council
  • Presentations to local groups and service clubs on our work and the needs in our local community
  • School Readiness
  • Sierra Vista Community Advisory Committee
  • Starbucks Deaf Club
  • Sutter County Children and Families Commission
  • Sutter County Community Advisory Committee
  • Wheatland Youth Collaborative
  • Yuba County C.A.C.

Our Current Projects and Programs:

Early Start Family Resource Center funded by the Department of Developmental Services to serve young children 0 to 3 years in Sutter County.

Able Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding is a 4-H Community Club that specializes in hippotherapy. Hippotherapy engages the entire body and mind, stretching and strengthening core muscles. This leads to increased ability to sit or stand, and develops hand strength and coordination leading to increased ability to eat and write.

Special Needs Project funded by an allocation from the Sutter County Children and Families Commission and First 5 Yuba, which administers local grant money from the State of California Proposition 10 legislations, allowing the usage of cigarette taxes to fund programs for children.  This project is responsible for programs and services for Sutter and Yuba Counties for children aged 0 through 5 who have special needs, and their families.

Family Empowerment Center funded by a grant from the California Department of Education to provide support, training and outreach to families of infants and toddlers with special needs in order to empower these families to help their children reach their full potential.

Family SOUP hosts an annual fund raising event, Bistro in the Buttes dinner auction, which is a highlight in the local community each year.

iCan Bike helping individuals with special needs gain confidence through bike riding. Participants attend one 75 minutes session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by a volunteer. Gradually the riders discover the skill and joy of riding a bike.